Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

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]

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]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

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]

visualization

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]

6-3

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]

don't straight up, straighten out!

Don’t Straighten Up, Straighten OUT!

Balance is one of the most essential aspects of sport. It is the prime ingredient for athletic excellence in practically all sports. It is absolute necessary in bowling; that is, if an individual seeks to attain real success. Balance, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is described thus: “poise, steadiness, consistency, confidence, common sense, and presence of... [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]

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]