Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

Columbia 300 Mad Antics

Columbia 300 Mad Antics

The Columbia 300 Mad Antics is the fourth introduction in the Antics line for Columbia 300. This is the second time a hybrid coverstock has been used, but the AR350 Hybrid is a much stronger formulation than what was used in the original Antics. The Mad Antics also uses the core shape from the Crazy Antics, which produces more flare than the Hi-Dynamix 2 core that was the engine of... [Read More]

Hammer Arson Low Flare Solid

Hammer Arson Low Flare Solid

The Hammer Arson Low Flare Solid is the newest entry into Hammer’s mid-performance price point. This ball uses the Modified Arson weight block that is identical to the core found in the original Arson Low Flare. Also like the original, the ball is stamped with the “Tournament Differential” logo, a reminder of what makes the Low Flare line unique. While this ball offers a smooth transition from front to back,... [Read More]

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]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

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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]

Let's Play Twenty Questions

Let’s Play Twenty Questions

It’s six o’clock on a Saturday night. A bowler sits in a chair with his forehead resting in the palms of his hands looking down at his well worn bowling shoes, wondering what went wrong. He had forced himself to roll out of bed way too early for a Saturday morning, and driven 100 miles... [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]

how four top open championship bowlers found success

How Four Top Open Championship Bowlers Found Success

The USBC Open Championships have been contested for more than 100 years and a title at the world’s largest participatory sporting event is among the most coveted in the bowling. Each year, more than 65,000 bowlers compete in singles, doubles, and team competition for a shot at an Eagle – the trophy awarded to tournament... [Read More]

42 degree release

Release Timing

By far the most response I have ever gotten to anything I’ve written has been in reference to the article that Mark Hammel and I wrote last December on becoming a Transitional bowler. Most of the questions I get involve the concept of pulling and pushing, rather than pushing and pulling in order to project... [Read More]

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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]

righties

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]