The Roto Grip IDOL COSMOS has me completely flummoxed.
In fact, the IDOL line has me flummoxed, as it features balls I love (HELIOS), balls that are valuable for certain conditions (SYNERGY on short patterns) and balls I can’t do anything with (IDOL).
While it took Cody Schmitt’s 900 to get me to order the HELIOS, it has grown to become a staple of my arsenal, and I like it even more than when I wrote my review.
The HELIOS opened up the lane and carried great for me in the 750 I shot in singles at the 2022 USBC Open Championships, which you can watch in this video. The HELIOS produced 17 strikes and five 9-counts in the 22 first balls of my final two games of singles, as I got to 750 for my best set at the tournament since a 743 in singles in 2009.
The HELIOS features the XtremeTrax coverstock in solid form and the Ikon core that is in all of the IDOL line.
The COSMOS uses a pearl version of the XtremeTrax, with Storm’s new 4,000 Fast that I really like in other balls like the 900 Global WOLVERINE DARK MOSS and Storm INFINITE PHYSIX.
But as I said, while the HELIOS is a slow ball I can open up the lane with and is one I’ve used with success on everything from house to Sport shots with 1,000- to 4,000-grit surface, the COSMOS has been a dud for me, though I know it’s not as I’ve seen others having success with it.
Instead of being more down lane as you’d figure with a pearl vs. solid of the same cover, I generally get less down-lane motion, or if I try to grab it more and/or slow it down I get too much. This has been true on house and Sport patterns.
And I have the same drilling on both the HELIOS and COSMOS: pin over the bridge stacked, with the COSMOS pin a touch higher. With my PAP of 4 7/8 over and 5/8 up, the numbers are 5 1/8 pin-PAP, 5 5/8 MB-PAP, and 2 15/16 pin buffer. (My standard caution that I throw 14-pound balls and that may lead to different ball motion. For example, the 14-pound Ikon core has a 2.54 RG compared to 2.49 for 15 and 16 pounds.)
Before I give up on it, I will be altering the surface dramatically, most likely taking it down to 1,000 and then shining it. I’ve heard of others who had success with surface changes on the COSMOS.
I could have waited to post this review until after trying that, but wanted to get a review posted. I feel like it's valuable to let people know what I've seen if they get a COSMOS and struggle with it, as they could then try a surface change or two.
I’ll post an update after I try the surface change.