Not sure about awlgrip clear, but i used West 207 clear hardener and rolled it on with a 6" foam roller. Did it in the garage where it was cooler than room temp, say 65. and it came out like glass. only in a few spots did i use a brush to tip out some small air bubbles.
I only loaded the roller slightly, and ran strokes down the length, rotating the pole after the top half was coated. Did two lighter coats, no sanding between.
Use a good hand shop light and watch for runs on the sides/bottom after each coat, they can be easily rolled out after your done with a coat. If you keep the coats thin, you shouldn't get runs anyway.
That was 2 years ago and the pole still looks great!