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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

Lining Up Off Everyone Else

Lining Up Off Everyone Else

This is the time of year you prepare for USBC Championships and The BTM and The 123. It’s important to be mentally “all in” as well as making sure your equipment and physical game are sharp and ready for the challenge (as you read in last month’s Round Table article). There is a lot of... [Read More]

Seniors on Steroid Balls

Seniors on Steroid Balls

Bowling can be a challenge for seniors, particularly those of us who remember what it was like prior to the “modern” game of steroidal bowling balls, synthetic lanes, and walled up house shots. Between all of the changes that the sport has gone through and all of the changes our bodies have gone through, going... [Read More]

Weather Conditions and the Speed of Your Ball

Weather Conditions and the Speed of Your Ball

As many of you who have read my articles know, when I discuss timing in the physical game, my preference is to refer to it as rhythm. There is another timing in bowling that many players overlook and, quite frankly, get very confused about. That is the timing of the movement of the bowling ball... [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]

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]

How Far Should You Slide?

How Far Should You Slide?

For many readers, you will clearly recall PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Marshall Holman starting with his heels off the back of the approach running to the foul line and utilizing a very lengthy slide before releasing the ball. See an example of Marshall Holman's lengthy slide in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHGnYQPqcJs. I hope... [Read More]

Quick Fixes and Preps for the Upcoming Season

Quick Fixes and Preps for the Upcoming Season

It’s August and the bowling season is right around the corner. Last month, I assigned a bit of summer homework to help you improve some fundamentals. This month, I wanted to discuss some of things to help get you started for the 2011-2012 season. We’ll start with ball work. Ball work – fit A bowler’s... [Read More]

See It, Hear It, or Do It?

See it, hear it, or do it?

As a middle school teacher, it is imperative I am aware of the learning styles of my students. I must also be aware of my own learning style and its role in influencing the way I teach. Bowling coaches and bowlers who are interested in improving will also benefit greatly by becoming aware of the... [Read More]