Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

AMF Xcite

AMF Xcite

The AMF Xcite is the newest entry-level reactive addition to the AMF family of bowling balls. This ball uses the F43 Pearl coverstock paired with a higher RG symmetrical core that still provides plenty of flare potential. The Xcite is available at an affordable price point and it offers performance that bowlers of all skill levels will appreciate on light and medium oil patterns. The Xcite was just slightly better... [Read More]

Brunswick Fortera Intrigue

Brunswick Fortera Intrigue

The Brunswick Fortera Intrigue is the second offering from Brunswick in the Fortera lineup. This ball uses the same Fortera Flip core design that was used in the Exile, but this time it is paired with a hybrid coverstock. This new cover is just as clean through the front of the lane as the Exile. Just like the Exile, we found the Fortera Intrigue to be best for us on... [Read More]

AMF Night Hawk SE

AMF Night Hawk SE

The AMF Night Hawk SE is the third reincarnation of the Night Hawk in the original black color. Besides the color, the core is very similar in shape to the original, with very minimal changes to both the RG and differential. This, however, is where the similarities end for the Night Hawk SE. Instead of a solid coverstock with a sanded box finish, the SE features a hybrid coverstock at... [Read More]

DV8 Outcast

DV8 Outcast

The DV8 Outcast introduces the new Outcast symmetrical core into the entry level price point for DV8. This new core shape offers a similar RG to the core in the Misfit, but with a differential that is just slightly lower. The coverstock is the same Class 1 Reactive that was used on the Misfits and, like those balls, the Outcast is a good fit for medium conditions. We had our... [Read More]

Motiv Forza

Motiv Forza

The Motiv Forza uses a new solid coverstock that is paired with a new symmetrical core shape. The Forza's Torx core offers bowlers a medium low RG with a high differential. The Helix Solid Reactive coverstock is able to grab the lane through even the slickest of oils, thanks in part to its 3000 grit sanded box finish. The Forza was best for us on our heavy test pattern. Stroker... [Read More]

900 Global Dream On

900 Global Dream On

The 900 Global Dream On takes the Identity Asymmetric weight block from the original Dream and pairs it with a sanded hybrid version of the 74 Response coverstock. This ball provides more total hook earlier on the lane than the original Dream. While we liked the original Dream best on our medium pattern, the Dream On was more suited for our heavy test pattern. All three testers liked this ball... [Read More]

Columbia 300 Melt Down

Columbia 300 Melt Down

The Columbia 300 Melt Down will be the sanded big-hooking ball in Columbia 300’s upper mid performance line, replacing the older Smack Down. The Melt Down uses the same SD Medium RG core, but wraps it with Columbia 300's strongest solid coverstock to date. The brightly colored Bring-It MAX coverstock comes out of the box at a 500/2000 Abralon finish. This aggressive coverstock and rough box finish give the Melt... [Read More]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

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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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Sparemeister – Part 1

There are times when striking is very difficult and as Marion Ladewig said, “sparin’ ‘em to death” is the only way to win. There are 1023 possible spares, 249 of which are probable. We’ve all heard that to make a spare, you need to hit the ‘key’ pin. Some folks define that as the pin... [Read More]

TOP 10 PBA AVERAGES, 2009-10 Season

The Long Term Development Model

Bowling remains stagnant in regard to the number of bowlers who truly embrace the value of coaching. Inflated scores on 9-to-1 ratio house patterns have inflated egos while technology has duped bowlers into believing that their game can be improved by simply purchasing the latest and greatest bowling ball on the market. Why does this... [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]

follow through statue

Stuff to Do, No Matter What – Part 1

I’ve been developing this list since I started bowling. It was just some observations I made: if I did this more often, this happened; if I didn’t, good things happened less. I didn’t know it would turn into a bunch of No Matter Whats. It was just stuff I knew I had to do to... [Read More]

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Sparemeister – Part 3

There are a bunch of spare systems out there. You may choose one of the methods in this segment for right side spares and have a totally different plan for left side spares. You might change either of those systems depending on lane conditions. You’ll fine tune whatever method you decide on for your game.... [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]