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The No Rules Exist
Review Date: 22 August 2017

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

If you were a fan of the NO RULES and its ability to handle heavy volume but you found that it was sometimes a little too early and/or a little too smooth, then the NO RULES EXIST might be just what you’re looking for.

 The EXIST has the same ChaoticTM asymmetrical core as the NO RULES and NO RULES PEARL so you will see the same tumbling kind of roll.  What’s different here is that Roto Grip has wrapped it with its Reckless solid cover instead of the super strong Micro DNA cover on the original NO RULES. 

The Reckless coverstock is what has been popularly successful until now on the DARE DEVIL TRICK.  It is ranked notably weaker in the Roto Grip coverstock lineup than the Micro DNA.  What results in the EXIST is some cleaner motion through the very front part of the lane than the NO RULES.  You still have asymmetrical characteristics here, but the weaker cover doesn’t dig into the lane quite as quickly and as a result rather than the overall arcing strong hook of the NO RULES the EXIST produces more angularity at the break point.

I had opportunity to use my EXIST during the cashers round of the final PBA50 stop I bowled this summer in Ft. Wayne, IN on 42’ PBA50 Standard pattern on Connect oil.  The pattern played increasingly tighter as the week went on and by the time we were midway through the six-game cashers round the EXIST was the perfect go-to when the SHOW OFF I started with that day was going too long and leaving flat tens.  Despite my left hip seizing up on me in the second game that day the EXIST helped me finish strong with a solid 220 game at least a plus score for the block.  Several PBA50 buddies of mine, including HOF’er Tom Baker, bowled the rest of that day with a combination of EXISTS drilled with varying degrees of strong and weaker layouts.

Mine has a pretty standard and favorite layout that I use on many of my asymmetrical balls.  The pin is over the bridge in about the 5” to 5.25” range from my PAP.  The Mass Bias is 5” from my PAP which is a position that assures me the kind of solid move from the breakpoint through the pins that I need from asymmetrical equipment on heavier volume or tight playing patterns.  Tom Baker was using a combination of two EXISTS that day.  One was drilled very similarly to mine and he was getting the same motion from it that I was.  A second he drilled, at the recommendation of Mo Pinel who was on site that week, with the Mass Bias swung several inches right of his thumb and a balance hole drilled through the Mass Bias.  That ball gave Tom an incredibly smooth, almost too smooth at times, reaction on some pairs that were a little touchier and when more control was key. 

All of that goes to demonstrate again the performance flexibility of the Chaotic core in the NO RULES series.  In the EXIST with the Reckless solid cover, Roto Grip has provided what I think is an important and key shape down lane that has been missing in the HP-4 line for a while.   Another reliable option well worth considering if any league or tournament bowler is looking for asymmetrical motion that can handle medium to heavy volume with a little extra pop downlane than one might otherwise get from a super strong asymmetrical solid.

Lbs. RG Diff. PSA  Diff. 
16 2.50 0.052 0,017
15 2.51 0.053 0.018
14 2.55 0.048 0.016
13 2.57 0.032 0.010
12 2.29 0.029 0,008
11 N/A N/A N/A
10 N/A N/A N/A