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Dare Devil Trick
Review Date: 29 March 2017

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

One thing I have learned over a lifetime of bowling and several years now as a Storm and Roto Grip staffer, it’s never to write off an entire series of bowling balls simply because one release in the series turns out not to be a homerun for you.  As I’ve reported elsewhere, the DARE DEVIL as been something of an enigma to me.  I tried adding weight holes in a few different places and plugged and re-drilled it once changing the layout from a standard pin up to a standard pin under drilling.  Though I’m seeing more of the nice ball motion now that I see others get from it, the DARE DEVIL still appears for me to be more of a niche ball than one widely and diversely usable.

The DARE DEVIL TRICK is a different story.  It also features Roto Grip’s new MadcapTM core but is wrapped with a new RecklessTM Solid cover which Roto Grip tech experts rank as a step weaker than the Amped (pearl) cover on the original DARE DEVIL.

Compared to the HAYWIRE, the other solid in Roto Grip’s HP-3 line, the core in the TRICK is rated just a pinch stronger than the HAYWIRE’s Middle Role 70TM core.  The RecklessTM solid cover on the TRICK is significantly weaker than the HAYWIRE’s 80HTM MicroBite cover (the same cover as the original HYPER CELL).  The TRICK has a slightly lower RG (2.45 versus 2.50) than the HAYWIRE and slightly less DIFF (.041 compared to .043).

Performance-wise the DARE DEVIL TRICK for me is like an enhanced DISTURBED.  The core comparison here are the same as with the HAYWIRE since it has the same core as the DISTURBED did.  The coverstock comparisons are a little more significant.  The RecklessTM solid cover is rated several increments stronger than the 66MHTM  solid cover that was featured on the DISTURBED.  What that translates to into on the lane for me is that the DARE DEVIL TRICK – with the drilling shown on the photo below (60 x 5.5 x 70) – provides me a little stronger revving behavior in the midlane than the DISTURBED and, though still arcing in shape, more sideways continuation downlane.  Compared to a DISTURBED that I still have with a similar layout (slightly shorter pin to PAP and slightly larger drilling angle), my TRICK is 2 to 3 boards stronger overall on a typical STL house shot.

 The TRICK is markedly different than my HAYWIRE, accentuated by the fact that my HAYWIRE has a pin over the ring drilling – 60 x 4.5 x 55 and about 50 games of lane shine since I last freshened the surface.

 I have found that the TRICK and its RecklessTM solid cover are not bashful of decent volume.  I can get into the middle of the lane on our typical STL house shots and the TRICK will plow through the volume there as long as it’s not too heavy. 

None of our centers in the STL use today’s thicker viscous oils like ICE or DEFY so I have no read yet on how it chug through those.  I will say one thing I’ve noticed is that the RecklessTM solid cover does tend to lane shine rather quickly.

In the more recent response-time vocabulary, I would characterize the TRICK as a medium response-time ball when it encounters friction.  That all adds up to the TRICK being a ball that can be useful also when controllable predictable ball motion is necessary.

I would recommend TRICK to any style bowler as a reliable choice for most medium to medium-heavy volume league or tournament situations when you need a solid in your hand but don’t want all-out, “big ball” asymmetrical ball motion.


Lbs. RG Diff. PSA  Diff. 
16 2.47 0.039 N/A
15 2.48 0.041 N/A
14 2.53 0.040 N/A
13 2.59 0.045 N/A
12 2.65 0.035 N/A
11 N/A N/A N/A
10 N/A N/A N/A