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Roto Grip Idol

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  • Looking for a new benchmark ball, look no further.
  • Ideal for those Medium to Heavy oil conditions
  • Backend motion will not be a problem
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Roto Grip Idol

The Roto Grip Idol bowling ball begins the next generation of upper mid-performance bowling balls. This ball introduces the Ikon core which helps provide good backend by pushing the limits of a symmetrical core. This ball also introduces the MicroTrax-S18 Solid Reactive coverstock. This cover uses Nano technology and provides more traction and is more aggressive than previous coverstocks in this line. This ball is ideally used on medium to heavy oil conditions. *There will be some variance in color due to the Nano material. This is due to "phasing". Some of the balls with phasing have a white color in them and some may appear to have water spots. There may be a variety of hues of the Magenta/Purplish color.

  • Color: Magenta
    All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
  • Core: Ikon
  • Coverstock: MicroTrax-S18 Solid Reactive
  • Finish: 2000-grit Pad
  • RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
  • Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • SKU: RGBBMRTR
  • Product ID: 11191
  • Brand: Roto Grip
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: Upper Mid-Performance Balls
Similar Balls: Same Hook Potential, Lane Conditions & Coverstock as the Roto Grip Idol.
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7/22/2020
By League bowler I from Philadelphia,PA
5/5 Stars
Pros:

It hooks

Best Uses:

Fresh long oil pattern

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a must in your bag.

I'm using this on sport shot 45' dragon and 41' bear. This ball is made for it. It turns the corner in the backend and drives through the pins. By the third game I have to ball down to my code red because if not I would have to move to far left.

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4/8/2018
By Super sub from Maryland
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Yes I would add long as they make it

I bowled in mid Maryland tournament in nine games averaged 219.44 great ball

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4/1/2018
By Dee from Hinesville Ga
5/5 Stars

Yes I'll buy this again

This ball you have to have in your bag, It hits the pockets and explodes into the pins. This ball drives down lanes and works well in oil or when it dry up, you can still use this ball. Straight out the box shot 278. Just had for 3 weeks. Love it

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3/29/2018
By Allen from Mesa az.
5/5 Stars
Pros:

Attractive

I would buy it again

Hooks like crazy

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10/23/2018
By Gage from Louisiana
4/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I would recommend this product

This product is great for me to open a series up with on the fresh but it stays consistent as the lanes break down in fact it gets more consistent

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Question:

Is the core in a 13 pound ball the same as a 14 pound ball

4/5/2018 - By

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The 13lb ball will have a generic core.

4/6/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Does the generic core in the 12-13 pound balls make the ball react differently than in the above comments.

5/5/2018 - By

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Yes, it will have a different reaction than the 14-16lb balls.

5/7/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

How does this compare to Hyroad Nano...in terms of strength (front to back)

5/11/2018 - By

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The Roto Grip Idol will be more aggressive considering it is an Upper Mid performance ball whereas the HyRoad Nano is only a Mid Performance ball.

5/14/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

What's the difference between this and the phase 2

5/16/2018 - By

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The only difference between the two balls will be the grit finish. The Phaze II will have a 3000 grit finish giving it more length than the Roto Grip Idol. The Roto Grip Idol will have a 2000 grit finish, giving it less length.

5/17/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

How does this compare to the Roto-Grip All-Out Show Off

6/7/2018 - By

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There are several key differences between this and the All-Out Show Off. This ball has a solid cover with a duller 2000 grit finish which will make this ball read earlier on the lanes and it can grip better so it will handle more oil. The All-Out Show Off is a hybrid cover with a polished finish to make it go longer on the lanes and be sharper on the backend.

6/8/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

How does this compare to the dare devil trick?

7/26/2018 - By

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The Dare Devil Trick will have the Same Hook Potential, Lane Conditions & Coverstock as the Roto Grip Idol.

7/27/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

Is the cover to thin? I am having problem with the shell cracking around both finger and thumb

9/27/2018 - By

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The coverstock is not any thinner on this ball than most of the performance balls. If a ball cracks it is more than likely a defect in the ball and how that specific ball was made but it is not something that would be on every ball. If the cracks are around the finger holes it could also be from the insert glue that is used to glue in the inserts or slugs in the ball. Too much of the insert glue can leave the cover brittle near the finger hole and it sometimes results in small spiderweb cracks around the finger holes. They will not likely get worse and the ball should still function with no problems.

9/27/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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How would this compare to the sure lock ? Is it Stronger or weaker ?

11/9/2018 - By

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The only difference between the two would be the lane conditions. The Sure Lock is for Heavy oil lane conditions only and the Idol is for medium-heavy lane conditions. The Idol would give you more range with the lane conditions and the Sure Lock is limited to only heavy oil lane conditions.

11/9/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

Do you have in the blue color

2/4/2019 - By

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Unfortunately, this is the only color the Idol will come in.

2/5/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

Asymmetrical or symmetrical

2/23/2019 - By

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This ball will be symmetrical.

2/25/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Would this ball be okay for someone with a slow ball speed? Like 12-13 mph?

3/1/2019 - By

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It may react differently than what you expected.

3/4/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

How does this Idol compare to the Idol Pearl?

6/14/2019 - By

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The Idol will read the lane much earlier and have a smoother hook down the lane. The Idol Pearl is designed to go longer with an angular backend hook. That is really the only difference is the length of the ball.

6/14/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

I had my best luck with the urethane natural by storm I have quite a large flare on all of about 4 to 5 inches I bought more consistency with this bowl how can the idol help me

6/25/2019 - By

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If you are used to throwing a urethane, then this might be a bit different for you. This will have a solid reactive coverstock. It will break sooner than most bowling balls. This will have a powerful overall hook.

6/26/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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what is the stated hook potential of this ball?

8/25/2019 - By

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Roto Grip does not provide a scale to show a specific number for the hook potential. This is an upper mid performance ball designed for medium to heavy oil. It is very strong on those conditions but it would not be quite as strong as the Halo if you wanted to compare this to another ball. You may also use the ball comparison option on Roto Grips website to compare how this hooks compared to the other Roto Grip options. Here is a link to this ball on Roto Grips site: https://www.rotogrip.com/balls/idol

8/27/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Idol vs idol pro

9/8/2019 - By

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The biggest difference is the cover and finish. The Idol Pro has a newer solid cover which is a little stronger but it is also finished with a little smoother grit to go a little longer on the lanes. The Idol has a duller finish to give it more grip and it will read a little earlier on the lanes.

9/12/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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How does the show off compare to the halo as far as hook potential

9/20/2019 - By

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The Show Off was a mid performance ball so it was going to be much weaker than the Halo which is a high performance ball. They were both finished at 2000 Grit so they read the midlane well but because the Halo is so much stronger it was more designed for heavy oil. The Show Off was good in medium oil and would work in medium oil about the same as the Halo works in heavy oil. The Roto Grip Idol is the perfect balance in between the Show Off and the Halo in the upper mid performance line and it would have a very similar read with the same 2000 grit finish.

9/25/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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I was given specs to the type of ball I should get so how do I find that out on any particular ball. IE Pins 2.5-3.5 lbs top heavy 2-3lbs.

1/24/2020 - By

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To request for specs for pin placement and top weight you may click just below the weight selection box where it says " Click to request pin/top weight" and it will open a box where you can type in your request. When the order goes to our warehouse we will try to find the specs you requested. If we have the specs, it will ship out. If not, we will call you to go over the options.

1/24/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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How does this compare to the storm iq tour nano?

1/25/2020 - By

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This ball would actually be just a little stronger hook potential than the IQ Tour Nano. It has a slightly duller finish out of the box to give it a little earlier read on the lanes and the weight block is stronger on the Idol than the IQ Tour Nano.

1/29/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

I’m deciding between Idol and the Halo Pearl. What is better for a 11 mph land low revs

2/25/2020 - By

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Since you ball speed matches your rev rate you could technically use either option and be fine. However, usually for a lower ball speed it is better to get a ball that goes longer on the lanes before reacting so I would give an edge to the Halo Pearl over the Idol.

2/26/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

Is idol best pin up or pin down.

3/10/2020 - By

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You may want to talk to your local driller to see which pin position would give you the best reaction for your style of bowling. You could also reach out to Roto Grip directly to see if they can give you a recommendation on which layout would work best for you.

3/11/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Which would be better for an older slow rev slow speed bowler. The Idol or Idol Pro

7/28/2020 - By

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The Idol Pro has a smoother finish which will give you more length which is better for a slower ball speed so I would lean to the Idol Pro.

7/29/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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Question:

if i buy this ball 2000 grit can it be tammed by 2500 or 300 if i needto control it better without losing pin carry? Is this the same purple ball I see pros using on t v ? Please answer Today as the sale ends today 8-6-20. I bowl on a regular house shot 38 feet. I am eagerly wainting for you nanswer. My ball speed is 14.5 mph and iam a tweener. Also will a heavy 14 lb sacrifice any pin carry ???

8/6/2020 - By

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Yes, with any performance ball you can usually adjust the coverstock and by going to a smoother finish you will give the ball a little more length. If you only go to 3000 grit you should not see a huge difference in performance. If you were to add polish to the cover then you would see a more noticeable change and it would probably work more for medium oil only at that point. The ball will still have a good finish when you adjust the cover, it will just break later on the lanes. It is possible a pro bowler used this recently but I am not sure which event you were watching to be sure it was the same ball they used. If you are dropping from 15 or 16lbs down to 14lbs you will notice a difference in the carry but if you create more entry angle to the pocket you will make up for the weight difference.

8/6/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
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