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Storm Ride Bowling Ball Review

Storm Ride

The Storm Ride is the ball many Storm fans have been wanting to see for quite some time. We have seen a gap between the Tropical Breezes and the Lights Out/Punch Out options in recent years. The Pitch Black is an option, of course, but the Ride gives bowlers a new option for filling this gap that provides the ball motion shape of a reactive ball, instead of the early... [Read More]

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Motiv Venom Panic

The Motiv Venom Panic is the newest addition to the Venom line. This ball uses a new coverstock that is cleaner through the front of the lane than the Venom Shock on medium volume patterns. Like the Shock, it uses Motiv's symmetrical Gear core design. We had the best reaction with the Panic on our medium test pattern. Our testers were easily able to get to the pocket playing near... [Read More]

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Brunswick Vintage Gold Rhino Pro

The second ball from Brunswick in their Vintage releases line is the Gold Rhino Pro. With the exception of its name and its appearance, this ball is completely different from the very popular original, as it has been updated to match up better to today's conditions. On the inside, its High Differential Vintage Symmetrical core is similar in shape to the one used in the Vintage LT-48, but this version... [Read More]

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Radical Grease Monkey Whack

Radical's new Grease Monkey Whack is the third entry into the Monkey family. This is the second time a reactive hybrid coverstock will encase the Grease Monkey core design that has remained unaltered in this version. This cover is stronger both in the oil and at the back end than the first Grease Monkey. We liked the Whack on our medium test pattern. All three of our testers were able... [Read More]

Brunswick Mastermind Scholar

Brunswick Mastermind Scholar

The Brunswick Mastermind Scholar is the fourth release in the Mastermind lineup. It is the first Mastermind that comes out of the box polished. The Scholar pairs the same core from the other releases with a new reactive pearl coverstock named Honor Roll A+ Pearl Reactive. This ball easily glides down the lane farther than any of the previous Masterminds and it retains the most amount of energy for the... [Read More]

Radical Guru Mighty

Radical Guru Mighty

The Radical Guru Mighty is the follow-up release to last year's popular Guru.  It uses the same asymmetrical weight block that was found in the original. The Mighty Guru differs from the original in that it has a hybrid coverstock and a smoother 4000 SiaAir box finish, whereas the Guru had a solid cover and a 1500 SiaAir box finish. The Mighty Guru offers more length and back end reaction... [Read More]

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Hammer Bad Intentions

The Hammer Bad Intentions is the second release in the “Bad” high performance line from Hammer. This ball uses the same core design that was used in the Bad Ass and wraps it with the new Juiced Xtreme solid reactive coverstock. This cover comes from the factory prepped with a final finishing step of 2000 Abralon, making it a valuable tool on heavy oil lane conditions. The Bad Intentions was... [Read More]

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Storm Rocket

The Storm Rocket is the first 2015 addition to Storm's popular Thunder line. This ball pairs the highly successful R2S Hybrid coverstock with Storm's new Booster core shape. This is the first new core shape to enter this price point in a few years. The Rocket comes out of the box at the standard 1500 grit polished finish and it will give most bowlers lots of success on medium volume... [Read More]

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AMF Pure

The new AMF Pure is the latest hook monster for bowlers with lower rev rates, higher speeds, or who just flat-out want to see a ball hook. The Pure uses the same super aggressive F90 Solid coverstock that we saw previously on the Incinerate and pairs it with the same core shape that was in the Decimate. The core has been modified a small amount, giving this version of the... [Read More]

Storm Crux Pearl

Storm Crux Pearl

The Storm Crux Pearl is the first 2015 addition to Storm’s Premier line of high performance bowling balls. This ball pairs the Catalyst core shape from the first Crux with Storm's ERG Pearl Reactive coverstock. This cover comes out of the box with Storm's standard 1500 grit polished finish. This gives the Crux Pearl added length and a much stronger change of direction downlane than the first Crux. This ball's... [Read More]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

Should Coaches Rely on Cameras or Watchful Eyes?

Should Coaches Rely on Cameras or Watchful Eyes?

Bowling is currently benefiting from a growing number of highly qualified instructors. Proper coaching and instruction have been the catalyst for the growth of golf and tennis. These two sports, along with bowling, are not instinctively natural. They can only be improved by proper instruction. Unfortunately, in the past bowling has not been as eager... [Read More]

Test Driving Your Ball With Blueprint

Test Driving Your Ball with Blueprint

This is the first in a series of articles on new technology for bowlers and others in the bowling industry. There is an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”. For bowlers these are definitely interesting times. Never before have there been so many options for equipment. Bowling ball manufacturers are each touting... [Read More]

Mythbusting – Part 1

Mythbusting - Part 1

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2012 brings you a bunch of wisdom, forgiveness, and messengers for the corner pins. I thought I would start off this year debunking some myths in bowling. On tilt Being “on tilt” is a bad thing in Texas Hold ’Em and a very good thing in bowling. You’ve probably... [Read More]

The 3×3 Box

The 3x3 Box

Improving lane play remains one of the biggest challenges in our sport. Lane surface materials vary widely and topographical differences lane-to-lane can make the same pattern play very differently in the same bowling center. Moreover, bowling has a variety of skill challenges due to the difficulty level of unique lane patterns. Each situation impacts ball... [Read More]

How the Ball Goes Through the Pins

How the Ball Goes Through the Pins

Last time we talked about several of the things you can do to get lined up more quickly and stay lined up, using lots of the free stuff that is available to those who stay awake. You just can’t be unconscious. I wish it were that we could nonchalantly observe our shots and then just... [Read More]

Four-Tenths of a Second That Can Change Your Life – Part 2

Four-Tenths of a Second That Can Change Your Life - Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I suggested that there be a change to the basic four step timing routine. I suggested that most bowlers would be better off waiting until the first step is completed before putting the ball into the swing, as opposed to starting the ball with the first step as taught... [Read More]

Is it Time to Call it Quits?

Is it Time to Call it Quits?

Every now and then you will see a bowler slam his/her bag down and declare, “I’m through with this!” Toward the middle or end of bowling season, you see players threaten to quit and never come back. Fortunately, most of these declarations pass with the speed of a player’s frustrations and disappointments. Yet, sometimes the... [Read More]

Calculating a Downswing Angle

Calculating a Downswing Angle

In order to maximize energy transfer to the bowling ball, a bowler must establish a strong hand position into the release. To obtain a great hand position at release, the index finger should be pointing at the pins. This requires the wrist and forearm to be supinated/open. In this issue of Slowinski at Large, I... [Read More]