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Motiv Jackal

Motiv Jackal

The Jackal is the newest high performance release from Motiv. This ball has a sanded pearl coverstock that is wrapped around Motiv's strong Predator core. This low RG and high differential asymmetrical core offers plenty of total hook for all styles. We had the best reaction with the Jackal on our heavy test pattern. The 3000 grit LSS box finish had plenty of teeth for this slick pattern. Stroker started... [Read More]

Storm Crux

Storm Crux

The Crux offers the latest core technology from Storm and combines it with the new hybrid ERG coverstock. The Crux's new Catalyst core is a low RG, high differential asymmetrical that is designed to reduce the amount of change that occurs to the ball's mass properties as a result of drilling. Two of our three testers had their best reaction on the heavy test pattern. Stroker and Cranker saw the... [Read More]

Hammer Bad Ass

Hammer Bad Ass

The Bad Ass is the first high performance Hammer release to utilize a symmetrical weight block since the Sauce line in 2008 and 2009. Since that time, the Jigsaw, the Taboo, and the Blood lines have all used high flaring asymmetrical cores. The Bad Ass core is a throwback in shape to the weight block that was found in the original Blue Hammer. That said, this core is slightly modified,... [Read More]

Columbia 300 Eruption Pro Hybrid

Columbia 300 Eruption Pro Hybrid

The Columbia 300 Eruption Pro Hybrid is the second ball to use the lower differential Modified Resurgence core. The change from the solid reactive cover in the first Eruption Pro provides this hybrid with a bigger change of direction at the back end of the lane. This bigger back end motion was most useful to us on the medium test pattern. All three testers were able to start farther left... [Read More]

Roto Grip Shout 2014

Roto Grip Shout 2014

The Shout 2014 is the polished solid half of the two new HP1 bowling balls from Roto Grip this season. The Shout shares the same higher RG low differential core with the Scream and it also comes at a 1500-grit polished finish. Like the Scream, we liked the Shout best on our medium test pattern. The Shout picked up slightly sooner than the Scream and it was not as angular... [Read More]

Roto Grip Scream 2014

Roto Grip Scream 2014

The 2014 version of the Roto Grip Scream shares the same core and coverstock as last season's Scream 2013, but this time comes with a new color scheme. This HP1 release comes at a 1500 grit polished box finish. We found 2014's Scream to be best on our medium test pattern. Like the last Scream, the testers had enough hook to get the ball to the pocket without seeing an... [Read More]

900 Global Moxie

900 Global Moxie

After a few months since it was first announced this summer, the 900 Global Moxie is here and it is worth the wait. The Moxie uses both a new core and a new coverstock for 900 Global. The new low RG Tetra Symmetric core is surrounded by the new 78 Dig Hybrid cover that comes out of the box at a very rough 4000 grit finish. This gives the Moxie... [Read More]

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How to Arrive at More Meaningful Analysis Data

Determining the most useful data to assess player performance has been a particular interest of mine for some time. Nearly a decade ago, I first published an article on evaluating a player’s performance through a thorough review of tournament data. The intent of that article was to introduce analysis concepts that provided more information than... [Read More]

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Random Thoughts

There was a silence full of anticipation as Mika Koivuniemi prepared to throw his first shot in the tenth frame of the third game of the WSOB eight-man stepladder finals at South Point in Las Vegas. Mika needed only 9-spare-9 or 8-spare-X to sneak past Michael Haugen by a slim 234-233 margin. As Mika finished... [Read More]

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Ball Speed and the Right Equipment

Welcome back to the Round Table. As I write this I’m gearing up for the USBC Open Championships in Reno. I hope you will stop in and say hello while you’re there. This month, our expert panel of coaches discuss two topics that should help all of us improve our games. The first question deals... [Read More]

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Writers’ Thoughts on Timing and RG

Above all, bowling is an individual sport. Bowlers are all unique with different styles and approaches to the game. Knowing this, it is our job as coaches and bowling writers to assess where a bowler wants to go and make suggestions as to how he can get there. As bowling writers our information is based... [Read More]

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Changing Hand Positions

Those who can change hand positions enjoy a distinct advantage over those with limited skills. In last month’s issue, I addressed the amount of hook required to be successful. Any hook that carries out the 5 pin is considered a quality shot, regardless of the amount of boards the ball covers… that is, provided the... [Read More]

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Shoulds and Should Nots – Part 3

Although a great release is the envy of every bowler not blessed with this talent, it becomes ineffective, actually worthless, if it is not executed at the proper point. What is the proper point and why is it important? An ideal release point allows a bowler to launch the ball into the lane from his... [Read More]

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Mapping the Location of Oil

One of the most overlooked, yet often discussed, mental skills in bowling is the ability to read oil patterns. Reading oil patterns is the mental ability to map the location and volume of oil placed on different sections of lane by watching the ball’s reaction. At an advanced level, bowlers can mentally picture the oil... [Read More]

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Bowling This Month is Officially Back!

I am very happy to announce today that Bowling This Month is officially back in business! After many months of hard work, we've just finished updating our website with everything necessary to launch our online subscription service. I really appreciate everyone's patience as we've worked through this transition. Now that we're back online, the majority of our focus can finally shift back where it belongs: delivering the best technical bowling content available to our loyal subscribers. While we will always keep a portion of our content open for everyone to view, the majority of our articles … [Read More]


Welcome to the New BowlingThisMonth.com

Thanks for visiting Bowling This Month's new website.  We're still very hard at work building the site and we aren't quite ready to start our subscription service, but we thought now would be a good time to invite the bowling world inside to take a look around. We still need a couple weeks to finish building the rest of the content and functionality, but we didn't want to wait any longer to start sharing information about the future plans for BTM.  We've added some archived content from recent issues of the print magazine and we're offering unrestricted viewing access to everyone for a … [Read More]