Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

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]

Brunswick Mastermind Intellect

Brunswick Mastermind Intellect

The new Brunswick Mastermind Intellect is the latest addition to Brunswick's “Hook” line of products. This new offering uses the same Mastermind Low RG core as the previous two Mastermind releases, but with the brand new Honor Roll A+ Solid Reactive coverstock. This aggressive ball was able to handle our heavy volume test pattern with ease, even with the compounded box finish. Tweener and Stroker were close to the second... [Read More]

Lord Field Top Talent

Lord Field Top Talent

The Top Talent is the first Lord Field ball we have received for testing. This ball has a polished solid coverstock that surrounds a medium RG, medium differential core. The Top Talent is the second release in this product line, aiming to offer a smoother reaction and more length than the original Talent. The Top Talent's reaction shape was best for us on our medium test pattern. On this pattern,... [Read More]

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Proven Techniques for Effective Breathing and Targeting

In this month’s issue, I present a study I conducted at the Kegel Training Center in February 2011 to measure the impact of a two-tiered pre-shot routine on shot consistency. The two-tiered process includes an elongated breathing technique and an effective and proven targeting process. This complete process was designed after a review of research... [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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How to Knock ‘Em Dead in Baton Rouge

This article is dedicated to the hundreds of bowlers who have emailed me regarding the 2012 USBC Open Championships. In this article I will be providing you with some information about what to expect here at the tournament along with some tips that may help you while you are competing. Let’s get right into it... [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]


Bowling By the Clock

Most of us have read or heard the familiar slogan of a leading insurance company, “the good hands people”. In bowling, “good hands” generally describe those who have developed the art of changing hand positions to achieve medium to maximum hook, roll the ball end-over-end, throw it straight, or deliver a back up shot. Although... [Read More]

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Magic Coaching

This is an article about getting better. Whether you are coaching or being coached, you are reading this magazine so this probably fits well within your personal agenda. Improving one’s bowling is a tricky process. Effectively helping someone else to do this is beyond tricky…it’s amazing. There is a technology to the coaching side of... [Read More]

ball speed and the right equipment

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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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]