Bowler Ratings


Bowler ratings are from 1 to 10 in order of Stroker (ST), Tweener (TW), Cranker (CR)

General Info

Reviewed:January 2010
Coverstock Specs
Name:Cruise Control Pearl Urethane with Silicone
Type:Urethane Pearl
Box Finish:4000 Abralon Polished
Color:Midnight Blue / Gold
Core Specs
Name:Insignia Asymmetric
Int. Diff:0.011

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The Desperado is the newest addition to the Seismic line. It uses the Insignia Asymmetric core with a pearlized urethane cover with silicone. The silicone in the shell does not allow the ball to create as much friction on the lane as traditional urethane.

All three testers had their best match up with our dry test pattern. The controlled motion down lane allowed all three testers to play closer to the friction than have ever been able to play on this dry test pattern. The weaker entry angle gave all three testers miss room inside of their targets with the Desperado, something that usually isn’t found on that particular pattern. In addition, all the testers found The Desperado to be forgiving when they over-hit the ball at the bottom of the swing. Even when Cranker would get a handful, the Desperado made the same, smooth movement, with zero jerk down lane.

Moving to the medium pattern was a struggle to get the Desperado to the pocket, even for Cranker. Sanding the cover to 1000-grit Abralon got us earlier hook, but the carry percentage suffered. The heavy pattern offered nothing for any of the three testers. The nature of the urethane shell does not allow it to have the hook potential that can be used on such a condition.

Our sport pattern is a medium volume pattern. All three testers could find the pocket somewhat consistently, but carrying all ten was the big problem. Drier sport patterns will provide the environment for the Desperado to perform at a high level.

On short and flat patterns, the Desperado can eliminate the inconsistent violent back end reaction by allowing players of all styles to play a more direct line to the pocket.

Performance Ratings

Early and smooth are the characteristics of a urethane shell. This means an earlier breakpoint and less movement on the back end.
Despite the 2000 grit Abralon finish, the silicone additive in the Desperado’s urethane cover allows it to push farther down the lane than other recent urethane releases.
Back End10
Urethane is a much smoother rolling cover compared to resin, and as a result, uses its energy earlier. This equates to a stronger read in the front and midlane and less hook in the back end.
Total Hook38
This ball needs friction to be consistent. On any longer oil patterns, the Desperado will labor trying to hook. This ball is a go-to ball when controlling the back part of the lane is essential to scoring.


On a shorter fresh oil pattern, the Desperado will shine. When it gets to the middle part of the lane it will set up to the pocket and take the back ends out of play. There is never an overreaction problem down lane with such a controllable piece.


The Desperado is not designed for long or heavy oil conditions. It will struggle on patterns that do not have a significant amount of friction. Most of the time, sanding will help get the ball to pick up the lane sooner, but with this ball it only took away from the back end reaction this ball had.

Overall Summary

The Desperado is an ultimate control bowling ball. It read the front and midlane fairly strong, due to the combination of the 2000 grit Abralon finish and strong asymmetrical core, and it is super controllable at the back end.

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About The BTM Ball Testing Team

The BTM Ball Testing Team is led by Eric Martinez. Our team of three testers has thrown and reviewed hundreds of bowling balls for Bowling This Month. When not testing balls for BTM, Eric owns and operates University Pro Shop in San Antonio, TX and he is an avid competitive bowler. Click here to learn more about how we test and review bowling balls.