Roto Grip Idol Helios Bowling Ball Review With Left & Right Hand Bowlers – Luke Rosdahl

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The Highly Anticipated Roto Grip Idol Helios 

Hello and welcome to our review for the hotly anticipated Idol Helios.  For this one we’ll be on the house shot at Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence, KS with a review on a heavier sport pattern coming soon.  Speaking of Royal Crest, they’re a big part of bringing these videos to you along with Storm, Turbo, BowlersMart, Coolwick, and the Storm Roto Grip Bowling Balls for Sale group on Facebook, the Bowler’s Mart links are in the description to get the Helios pre-ordered or to pick up anything else, and my code Rosdahl10 gets you 10% off your Coolwick order, while SRGBBFS is a one stop destination for all things SPI, specializing in used, rare, and overseas balls.  

Angel’s Review Of The Roto Grip Idol Helios Bowling Ball

Starting off with Angel here in her land of the free Coolwick jersey design, the Helios definitely stands out, and it’s big on traction.  People screamed bloody murder when the original Idol was discontinued, it was very popular among tournament bowlers and saw a lot of air time for many of the professionals, seemingly always being in Danielle McEwan’s hands, it was part of a US Open victory for Francois Lavoie, and a tv regular for Anthony Simonsen and Kris Prather.  However, having only shipped 20 balls worldwide in the last 2 months it was in the catalog, its time had seemingly come, and with balls like the Axiom and Phaze 2 still around and doing well, they needed to move on.  The industry was shocked, and the demand spiked to the point that they had to make a special run of 1500 more to fulfill distributor orders, but that was it, it remained discontinued.  People still talk about it though, they’re still upset it’s not available any more, should have maybe bought more or something, I don’t know, but either way now we have the Helios, and it’s being billed as an upgrade, or a better version of the original, so we’ll just see about that.  Same Ikon core at a 2.49 RG and an .052 differential in 15 pounds, this core is nearly goated and the Helios might punch that ticket with the new XtremeTrax solid cover.  From the literature, this cover reads like NeX solid from the Proton, Axiom, and Hyroad Max.  This makes sense, MicroTrax that was on the Idol is an adjusted version of Storm’s NRG or nano, they aren’t the same thing just renamed, that wouldn’t make a lot of sense to have that kind of overlap between the brands, but the relationship is strong, let’s put it that way.  From the testing, NeX solid literally outperforms NRG solid, it’s a bit stronger, it’s a bit sharper, and much more durable, maintaining its reaction and shape or performance longer, so scientifically, measuring several metrics that matter or are important to bowlers, it IS better, and XtremeTrax vs MicroTrax is naturally going to follow that, the Helios does have a strong relationship in terms of reaction with the 3 Storm NeX solid balls.  Now sometimes balls get better when they settle in and tame down, and obviously the Idol was a big deal despite being technically less durable, but we aren’t going to get into that here.  

The Roto Grip Idol Helios Bowling Ball Is A Great Replacement For The Original Idol

Angel doesn’t have an original Idol anymore but she does have an overseas green Idol, which is the exact same ball AS the Idol, just a different color.  The most important news here is that the Helios does very closely resemble the original Idol, the shape, feel, look on the lane, they captured the soul of the Idol.  For Angel, the Helios is earlier and a bit stronger but they’re of similar quickness.  The Helios gets traction and starts digging earlier, yet somehow manages to really punch, I’m still not sure how they managed to get both more dig and shape out of the NeX/XtremeTrax formulas, usually you trade one for the other, but this cover is on some voodoo magic Matrix type reality bending stuff.  Watching the Idol, it’s obvious why people liked it.  Strong but smooth, round, continuous, controlled but powerful, it just manages the lane and is patient and is just such a mature reaction.  She can chuck it at the ditch or tug the cheeks off it and it just kind of balances everything.  

Luke’s Review Of The Roto Grip Idol Helios Bowling Ball

Speaking of chucking it at the ditch or tugging the cheeks off it, welcome to everyone’s favorite game show, how bad can you throw it and still strike, where the skill is imaginary and execution doesn’t matter.  I haven’t been throwing it great lately as I’m sure you’ve noticed but I did manage to ace a few in here somewhere in my Space Cat Coolwick jersey, and honestly the ball reaction relaxed me.  I’m so deep in all this bowling tech and theoretic nonsense that my head cramps up and I start trying to force things instead of just throwing the ball, but as we get a few shots in here, the confidence ramps up.  I feel like I can get behind it and stay more inside it and give it the business at the bottom.  Lots of traction, and a defined and readable shape, but a super round and controllable motion.  It’s a really fun ball to throw, there’s a lot of great balls that come out that I’m a big fan of, but very few that go beyond that into being something that makes you want to go bowl just to throw that ball, plus it matches my shoes and that makes me feel pretty.  It also makes up for being a sprinkler apparently, I mean we always film a bunch and a lot of it ends up getting cut, both strikes and misses because I’m trying to look for the stuff that represents the ball reaction the best.  Some people throw extra misses in there just to look impartial and that’s cool, but seeing a ball tugged an arrow and a half or straight up dumped isn’t valuable because no ball will save shots that bad, and the whole point of a video is to give you the best look at the ball reaction possible so you can decide if the reaction is going to fit.  In the case of the Helios though, it’s remarkably consistent through my inconsistency, it hides a lot of mistakes that other balls don’t, won’t, or can’t.  That’s not saying it’ll be the same for everyone, my mistakes tend to be getting out of the ball too quick or sending it out too quick, so part of it is that the Helios really fits my game, if your misses are in or getting slow, it’s not going to cover those up.  

Roto Grip Idol VS Idol Helios Bowling Ball

Speaking of not really covering mistakes up, I’m gonna lame duck the Idol a bit here.  I threw enough lame ducks with the Helios though that the comparison should be visible.  I get the same read as Angel, the Idol for me is definitely longer than the Helios, and mine is even a little slower, but part of that is just throwing it bad.  A bit later here when I catch a couple, they do pull up and shape well, but again, the Helios really does FEEL like the Idol, they definitely nailed both getting the reaction right and even elevating it.  When I saw the press release about deciding to make a better Idol instead of re-releasing the original I kind of rolled my eyes and said great, not gonna catch any flak for that, but I mean . . they kind of backed their nonsense up.  Schlem doesn’t miss and the UC3 is really gonna pop your eyes open, but the Helios deserves some attention.  One cheap point here, if the Zen Master disappointed you, the Helios feels a lot more like a solid Zen than the ZM does, or it’s not so far removed at least.  

The Idol Helios releases alongside the Rubicon UC3 on November 19th, and I’ll have more video for both of them coming on a heavier sport pattern comparing the Helios to the Zen Master, Phaze 2, Idol, and Axiom, while the UC3 will see the usual suspects.  Thanks for watching and may the strikes be with you.  

roto grip idol helios bowling ball

The Roto Grip Idol is back, and this time its set to light up the lanes! Introducing the Roto Grip Idol Helios, featuring the proven Ikon core, wrapped in a new XtremeTrax™ Coverstock. This high performance bowling ball will be a great match up on medium to heavy oil patterns.

On the inside you will find the low RG, higher differential symmetrical Ikon™ Core made famous in the original IDOL™. But on the outside, it’s the coverstock of this ball that is going to help you outshine and outscore your competition. Our newest coverstock technology known as XtremeTrax™, features “chemically charged” nano particles which create the highest amount of responsiveness to friction we have ever seen from a nano particle material. But don’t worry, the nano particles will still provide plenty of traction in oil before the “chemical charge” kicks in down lane to provide more change of direction than the original IDOL before it.

Originally introduced in the IDOL™ back in March of 2018, the Ikon Core has become a fan favorite and staple in the arsenals of all the top professionals around the globe. This low RG, high differential symmetrical core revs up in the midlane while providing outstanding continuation down lane which allows it to be used by all styles of players from any angle on the lane.

XtremeTrax™ Coverstock
Derived from countless hours of mixing, formulating, and testing, the Xtreme Traction (XtremeTrax™) material pushes us into boundaries of scientific chemistry. We started with the base materials of our MicroTrax™ coverstock and went down a new path in terms of chemistry by adding different chemicals which in turn created “chemical charges” to the nano-particles, thus making a material that not only digs in on heavy oil, but also provides more responsiveness and reaction down lane than traditional nano materials.

Coverstock: XtremeTrax™ Solid Reactive
Weight Block: Ikon Core (Symmetrical)
Color: Radiant Orange
Factory Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
Flare Potential: High
Condition: Medium/Heavy Oil
Radius of Gyration (RG) 15lbs – 2.49
Differential (Diff) 15lbs – 0.052

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