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Roto Grip Optimum Idol Bowling Ball

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  • Roto Grip Optimum Idol Bowling Ball
  • Roto Grip Optimum Idol Bowling Ball
  • Roto Grip Optimum Idol Bowling Ball
MSRP: $219.95
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Roto Grip Optimum Idol Bowling Ball

  • Color: Heliotrope Purple
  • Coverstock: MicroTrax Solid Reactive
  • Weight Block: Ikon + A.I. Core Technology
  • Factory Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
  • Flare Potential: High
  • Radius of Gyration (RG): 16lbs - 2.47; 15lbs - 2.47; 14lbs - 2.51
  • Differential (Diff): 16lbs - 0.054; 15lbs - 0.056; 14lbs - 0.054
  • Intermediate Differential (Diff): N/A
  • Fragrance: N/A


With the overwhelming success and popularity around the globe of the original IDOLTM, we felt it was important to take those original components and spin them forward with our latest advancements in coverstock and outer core technology.

OUTSIDE - you will find our latest version of our often imitated, never duplicated, MicroTraxTM Solid Reactive coverstock. This version is our latest "fully loaded" nanoparticle material that creates plenty of traction without losing any responsiveness down lane where it is cherished the most.

INSIDE - you will find the forever famous IkonTM weightblock shape from the original IDOL Series wrapped with A.I. Core Technology, thus creating stronger overall core dynamics as well as more overall energy dispersement as it travels through the pins.

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Additional Information

Lane Condition:
Factory Finish:
Sanded 2000 Abralon
Core Type:
Solid Reactive
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28 Reviews

  • 5
    The "Optimum" Ball Even When The Pattern Isn't

    Posted by Anthony Santos on Apr 11th 2024

    Whether you prefer a Pin Up or Pin Down layout, get ready to fall in love with the reliable and consistent motion this ball delivers to your arsenal. It served as the perfect ball up from my Tour Dynam-X, particularly when the pattern gets cliffed. Thanks to its Microtrax solid reactive coverstock, this ball maintains ample traction in the oil, while the Ikon A.I. Core ensures smooth and controllable movement off the friction. It responds well to lane shine, making transitions during longer blocks more intuitive. 'Comfort' perfectly encapsulates the essence of this ball, making it an ideal benchmark piece for your collection.

  • 5
    Roto Grip Optimum Idol

    Posted by Lance Day on Apr 10th 2024

    Ball Specs: • Ikon with A.I. Outer core • Micro-Trax Solid • 2000 Abralon My Specs: Speed Dominant: (16-17+mph), Approx Rev Rt: (280-320), PAP: 4.24 x ½↑, Tilt: 10° Layout: 5 x 4 x 2 VIDEO: REVIEW: Manufacturer’s Write Up: Tough patterns. Easy patterns. Issues with fresh over reacting backends. Struggles on transition. We say BRING IT ON! Between the original Ikon™ block encapsulated with A.I. Core Technology, and our MicroTrax™ Solid Coverstock wrapped around the outside, this beaut is definitely like using a cheat code on the lanes. And there is no doubt this combo of core and cover will increase the confidence and playability for bowlers of all skill levels on a variety of lane conditions. My review: The original Idol is one of those balls I passed on but wish I hadn’t, so when I heard this was coming out, I jumped on it! All I can say is WOW, so glad I got this piece. I place the Optimum in between my Eternity Pi and OG Eternity for when I still need a solid to chew through the oil, but not go too far down lane before making the turn. With my 5x4x2 layout this ball reads the mids like no other and the scores it has been putting up show it. What really surprised me was that I get the same reaction out of this ball on multiple lane panels. So far I have thrown it on Pro-Lane, SPL and HPL panels and I get the same consistent ball motion on all three without it over reacting or being lazy on any of them. The A.I. core’s presence truly shows its value on the “not so good”, aka: light hits, where my Zen Master would have left a flat 10, the Optimum really stirs the pins up and carries those shots. I intentionally waited a few weeks after rolling this in a couple different leagues and houses before putting this review out there to see how the ball may have changed with some lane shine on it. I found that after about 20 games I did need to freshen up the surface with a light 2k pad, but after bringing it back down the ball wakes back up just like new. I would say this ball matches up against my Zen Master with a little later reaction downlane (mainly due to a much more aggressive layout on my Master) and a higher carry percentage than the Master. I would most definitely recommend this ball for any league or tournament bowler.

  • 5
    The Optimum Idol delivers!

    Posted by Rick Klimowicz on Apr 10th 2024

    Optimum Idol • Roto Grip • Hp3 Series Coverstock • MicroTrax Solid Reactive • Finish 2000-Grit Abralon Core • lkon + A.I. Core Technology Weight • 15 lbs. RG • 2.47 Differential • .056 Layout •4 1/2 x3 1/2 x2 5/8 Tester PAP • 5” R, 5/8” D Tester Axis Tilt • 9° Testers Rev Rate • 250 Test Pattern • 42’ THS (Typical House Shot) • Modified, Kegel Stone Street The new Optimum Idol by Roto Grip is a trusty new benchmark ball that will bring confidence and reliability to any straighter player’s game! The Optimum Idol is the perfect combination of the lkon + A.I. Core and the MicroTrax Solid reactive coverstock, making it a must-have for your arsenal. So, let’s take a closer look at what makes Optimum Idol the next “old-reliable” to add to your bag! The Ikon core in itself has been a strong and consistent staple in the Roto Grip Idol line. And what I like most about the Ikon core is its consistency throughout the lane. You can count on the Ikon core to rev up methodically as it heads through the mid-lane without being overly aggressive. And because the Ikon Core has a continuously smooth nature, you can count on it to be predictable off the pattern of every shot. And now, combined with the A.I. Core technology surrounding the Ikon Core, there is a noticeable difference in striking power! The Amplified Insight Core technology or A.I. Core surrounding the Ikon Core seriously brings a new dimension of hard-hitting impact power to the Optimum Idol. I found your typical ring ten pins to get kicked out; I saw high hits crush that high four-pin leave, and as a straighter player, I loved watching those light, low rev, and OH-NO hits make the pins dance around the pin deck. So, if you’re thinking the Optimum Idol is just another Idol, think again! The Ikon + A.I. Core technology gives the Optimum Idol a whole new world of striking possibilities. The MicroTrax Solid is the perfect choice for making the Optimum Idol a “go-to” in your arsenal. Being a straighter player, I like how the MicroTrax solid isn’t overly porous, which would cause it to roll at your toes. I took my Optimum Idol to 4000-grit Abralon and loved the smooth and dependable traction the MicroTrax solid provided. I found the MicroTrax to be crisp yet consistent early on fresh and equally so on the burn. So, as a straighter player, I would say that the MicroTrax Solid performs very well in many conditions with the correct surface for your game. What I enjoyed most with the MicroTrax solid was how it blends the wet/dry and spotty conditions we straighter players tend to struggle with. So, suppose you find yourself frustrated by game three. In that case, you can count on the MicroTrax solid coverstock on the Optimum Idol to deliver the results you need to win the night’s total wood! In conclusion, the Optimum Idol is an excellent new release by Roto Grip! Straighter and low-rev players will love the strength and power of the Ikon + A.I. Core technology and the MicroTrax Solid to deliver that benchmark roll you can count on all night long! So, stop into your local Storm V I.P. Pro Shop today and have your optimum Idol ready to roll tonight. And end your fall season with success! Rick Klimowicz Storm Products Pro Shop Staff Roll the Ball Pro Shop Penndel, PA

  • 4
    Roto Grip - Optimum Idol

    Posted by Kristijonas S. on Apr 4th 2024

    The Roto Grip Optimum Idol is probably one of the most anticipated bowling balls of the year. The Optimum Idol features the original Ikon™ block encapsulated with A.I. Core Technology and the MicroTrax™ Solid Coverstock. Bowlers that are looking for a solid, symmetrical, benchmark-type of bowling ball should definitely take a look at the Optimum Idol. Personally, I haven’t had much success with the Idol Series. Out of all bowling balls from this series that I have thrown, the original Idol looked the best to me and because of that, I drilled my Optimum Idol with the same pin-down layout: 55 x 4 3/4 x 75. The idea for this Optimum Idol is to possibly be a “benchmark” ball that would be coming out of the bag first. However, find my Optimum Idol be very situational and pattern depended. I found this bowling ball to be a little too early for me as I struggled to keep it on-line. On the other hand, once I tried to move left, because it was so early, it wasn’t responsive enough down the lane. Since the Optimum Idol was quite “forward” to me, I can see it working well on shorter oil patterns where bowlers have more back-end distance and need to find more control down the lane. I have tried my Optimum Idol on a standard “house” pattern and I think this bowling ball does a good job a blending the “wet/dry” conditions. Finally, I think changing the surface to 4000-grit or even adding a little bit of polish to this Optimum Idol makes this bowling stay on-line a bit easier, which to me, makes the ball a little bit more useful. Watch myself and Verity Crawley throw the Optimum Idol on our YouTube channel:

  • 5
    Welcome Back!

    Posted by Joel Eyssen on Apr 1st 2024

    The optimum IDOL is everything the original IDOL was. A benchmark piece that should be in everyone’s bag. With the addition of the MicroTrax solid cover which is found on one of the most popular balls in the Roto Grip Line (GEM) the ball wants to pick up very early and pick up in heavier volumes of oil, while being smooth, continuous and predictable when it exits the pattern.

  • 5
    Same Great Roll

    Posted by Thomas Szczepaniak on Apr 1st 2024

    What could make an Idol better, well that would be adding the AI technology. This ball rolls very similar to the original Idol for me but this ball just continues through the pins. I also feel like where there is a point that I need to get out of the original Idol when the lanes start to transition, that the Optimum Idol lets me move in a little and I am confident enough in the ball being able to come off the spot.

  • 5

    Posted by Storm Andrew on Mar 31st 2024

    The Idol is back! This time with new AI technology yet with the same benchmark ball reaction. What I loved about the original Idol and now with the Optimum Idol it's ability to hook and blend out almost every fresh pattern. The Idol is the first ball out the bag litmus test to see what the lanes are doing. The main difference I see between the new Idol versus the original is a cleaner and more overall reaction. The original would hook immediately upon lane impact where as the Optimum has more length and continuation down lane. I see myself using this ball a lot where the Phaze 2 may be to clean and I need something to pick up sooner yet still continue well through the pins.

  • 5
    The original Idol is back!

    Posted by Rich Kollmeyer on Mar 30th 2024

    Layout: 4 1/2 x 4 x 2 VLS The original Idol is back! Well.. it may not be the original, but it’s as close as any of the other Idols have been. It is a little stronger, and it’s got the AI outer core in it now. To be completely honest, I never owned an original Idol. I threw it at a few Matchmakers and they just rolled too early for me. I’ve changed my delivery quite a bit in the last few years and the Optimum Idol matches up with me much better, but I can see the similar shape and reaction. The Idol is a great benchmark ball that you can trust to get a good read out of the lanes - a great place to start the night. I’ve thrown it at box surface and liked the reaction, but the surfaces I bowl on typically have too much friction to throw it too long. I’ve sanded it down to 1000 and put a light coat of step 2 on it. It helped push the reaction a little bit further down the lane, but still gets me that Idol shape and continuation. My Specs - Speed - 16 mph, Rev Rate - 315. PAP 5 1/8 x 7/8 Up.

  • 5
    Optimum IDOL!

    Posted by Josh Shoemaker on Mar 28th 2024

    The Optimum Idol features the same MicroTrax solid and IKON core found in the OG, but now features the AI core technology. This bumps the differential up a couple of points and drops the RG as well. This provides a slightly earlier and more defined shape than the original. The Optimum for me fits right below my Summit and right above my Phaze II. Be sure to stop into your local Storm VIP pro shop and grab your own while you can! Review Video:

  • 5
    Optimum Idol

    Posted by William Tefft on Mar 24th 2024

    Ball Specs: Optimum Idol Coverstock: Micro Trax Solid Coverstock, 2000 Abralon Finish Core: Symmetric Weight block Review: The Idol line has been the definition of consistency dating back to the original pink Idol. The Optimum Idol continues that greatness. The Ikon core alone is going to draw people to this ball. The Ikon core will draw people to the latest iteration of the Idol line. What is going to keep people throwing this ball is the performance they are going to see on the lane. This ball is the perfect first ball out of your bag. With a smooth strong reaction, you are going to be able to judge the lanes very quickly and easily when throwing this ball. Besides the great reaction you are going to see with this ball it really stands out when going down the lane due to the vibrant purple that really stands out. This ball is going to be as close to the original Idol that you will find, make sure you get out and get yours today! Will Tefft Roto Grip Pro Shop Staff Member #SquadRG

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