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Roto Grip Optimum Idol Ball Review by Jeff Ussery



Layout: 60 degrees x 5 1/2" x 45 degrees


RG: 2.51"

Differential: .054"

M/b: n/a

Surface: 2000 Grit Sanded

Core shape: Symmetric


Manufacturer's Intent: Introducing the Roto Grip Optimum Idol, a revamped version of the original Roto Grip Idol bowling ball, building upon its global triumph. Roto Grip has seamlessly integrated original components with cutting-edge advancements in coverstock and outer core technology. The exterior boasts our latest MicroTrax Solid Reactive coverstock, a fully loaded nanoparticle material ensuring exceptional traction without sacrificing responsiveness downlane where it is needed most. Inside, the iconic Ikon weight block shape from the original Idol series combines with A.I. Core Technology for heightened core dynamics and superior energy dispersion, delivering an unparalleled bowling experience as it travels through the pins.


Roto Grip has launched this new Idol series balls with the need to get a strong seller back in the symmetric core/sanded finish space on the wall. So far, they're doing a great job as this new Optimum Idol has been a strong seller on the opening week in the store. Optimum Idol slides into their HP3 line of equipment. This line has missed this type of piece since the Rubicon was discontinued. Optimum Idol is very strong mid-lane motion with a continuous shape down lane, similar to that of the Storm Phaze 2. Optimum Idol is going to fall into that benchmark style ball in your bag. It's definitely going to tell you where the oil is, and where it isn't when thrown on any pattern.


Optimum Idol features the original Ikon core shape found in the extremely successful original Idol. By amping the core up with their A.I. Core Technology, Roto Grip adds a ball to their line that fills a hole they had vacated recently. The Tour Dynamx simply doesn't hook as early or as much as the Optimum Idol, and the TNT was not nearly as strong as this ball. Optimum Idol will be a welcome addition for Storm/Roto Grip/900 Global users.


I do see Optimum Idol to be fairly early rolling on most house shot patterns. I actually prefer mine with a surface change to 4000 grit sanded. This took the "dust" off of the cover and got it through the first 10-15 feet of the lane quite a bit better for my game. I don't think that will be necessary for all styles. But it is something to watch for if you're not getting the length and motion you're looking for. Surface changes to the Optimum Idol seem to change the end reaction on the ball more than most balls on our wall.


Roto Grip has a nice new one with the Optimum Idol, and they're in stock now at TBG!

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