Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

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]

Brunswick Melee Jab

Brunswick Melee Jab

The Brunswick Melee Jab is the third installment in the Melee line and it is the first to have a pearlized coverstock. The new Savvy Hook Pearl reactive cover comes from the factory finished with a 500 SiaAir pad followed by Royal Compound. This finish on the pearl cover allows this ball to glide down the lane with no effort. We had our best reaction with the Melee Jab on... [Read More]

Radical Score

Radical Score

The Radical Score introduces a strong asymmetrical core design into Radical's Reliable price point to accompany the Yeti in this line. The Score uses the original Scoop core from the first Reax ball and a strong coverstock that clears the front of the lane much better and stores even more energy for the back of the lane. An added bonus for users of the Score is Radical's "Score 300" contest... [Read More]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

thoughts on timing

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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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]

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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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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]

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]

A to F

The One-Three Key

For a right-handed bowler, the term “one-three” represents the most crucial area of focus: the strike pocket. A short first step in tune with the pushaway and a short third step for power are an exercise I refer to as the “one-three” key for the four-step approach. In previous columns, I have mentioned certain keys... [Read More]