Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

DV8 Hooligan

DV8 Hooligan

The DV8 Hooligan uses the Class 3F Reactive pearl cover that surrounds a new symmetrical core design. The Hooligan core reminds us of the core used previously at this price point in the Reckless series, but this new design adds another section to the shape, adding slightly more RG and less differential. This ball was best for us on our medium test pattern, with Cranker liking it a bit more... [Read More]

Radical Guru

Radical Guru

The Radical Guru combines the newest super-cover for Radical with a new version of the Scoop core design. This core has a lower RG, more differential, and more intermediate differential than their last high performance ball, the Reax Gusto. This new coverstock comes out of the box at a 1500 SiaAir finish, giving it plenty of hook on even the slickest of patterns. The Guru offered remarkable traction on our... [Read More]

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]

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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]


Stuff To Do, No Matter What – Part 3

Here are the last few No Matter Whats...at least until I learn some more. “No matter Whats”,—if you’re just tuning in to the series—are what I call universal bowling applications. The pay attention NMW I’m always surprised at the number of people who don’t know the path their ball traveled on the lane. I frequently... [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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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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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]


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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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]