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The Wreck-it
Review Date: 11 October 2016

Reviewed by:
Storm/Roto Grip staffer John Brockland
Style: Stroker Rev Rate: 280-310
PAP: 5.5" over and 1" up

The WRECKER for me was a fantastic, up the track, award score producer around the STL. One of my all-time favorites.  With a relaxed hand position I could get it to just tumble forward (rather than hook sideways).  That’s a perfect recipe for me on house shots.   I remember that fresh out of the box in a doubles tourney, it produced an 8-game set of 2091, including two 300’s, and left me with no doubt about it’s place in my arsenal at the time.

The downside of the WRECKER for me was that, except for a 704 singles set from around 20-board at the 2013 USBC Open Championships, it was not a ball I could ever get deep into the lane with.

Built around the same NeutronTM core as the WRECKER, the WRECK-IT is wrapped with Roto Grip’s new PsychedTM Hybrid Reactive coverstock and this has only enhanced what I saw from the original!   I remember when it was introduced during this year’s Bowl Expo, Roto Grip staffers Stu Williams and Anthony Simonsen were interviewed about it.  Stu Williams said that what impressed him most was the versatility that this new coverstock provides.  For his game he said that at box finish he found it particularly useful in blending out PBA Tour patterns when they have become wet/dry.  He said that with some surface adjustments he has also found himself able to completely open up the lane with it at times.

 For mine, I chose a pin under the ring “stacked” layout that I haven’t used in a while.  The last ball I had this layout on was one of several DISTURBED’s that I still absolutely love.  The specs come to 90 x 5 x 85.

Box finish on the WRECK-IT is 3000-grit abralon.  I polished mine because excessive friction here in STL creates early burn for me with my old age ball speed.    With this layout and polished surface, I am getting clean motion through the front, good midlane, and a very nice, even rolling, never jumpy ball motion (even off the dry of wet/dry).  During one recent league set that started with a clean 212 when my STREET FIGHT was producing flat-ten/solid-nine pin carry, the WRECK-IT turned things around with a 250, 299 (blower 7-pin) finish.

 What I think speaks most significantly about the WRECK-IT is not only that what I’m seeing, but that a higher rev player like good buddy and multiple-time PBA Regional champ, Doug Buehrer, has seen the same thing.   

If you’re looking for an option for your arsenal that will give you smooth, controllable ball motion, the WRECK-IT would be well worth the try.  I believe it would be a great benchmark type of ball for the majority of league bowlers.  And, it’s great value at its HP-2 price point.

Lbs. RG Diff. PSA  Diff. 
16 2.56 0.046 n/a
15 2.55 0.042 n/a
14 2.59 0.044 n/a
13 2.63 0.009 n/a