Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

Motiv Ascent Apex

Motiv Ascent Apex

The Motiv Ascent Apex combines the high RG and low differential Recon core with the new Fusion XL (Xtra Length) coverstock. This new coverstock comes at a 1500 grit polished box finish. These elements come together to form a fantastic reaction on medium to drier conditions. In fact, we had equal success on both our medium and dry test patterns. This ball cleared the front of the lane easily on... [Read More]

Radical Grease Monkey Pow

Radical Grease Monkey Pow

The Radical Grease Monkey Pow is the second release in this line. The change from the original Grease Monkey is just to the coverstock. The Pow uses a solid coverstock, finished with a 500 SiaAir pad and Royal Compound polish. The Pow provided us an earlier, smoother reaction compared to the original Grease Monkey. With the Pow, we saw an increase in total hook that was most noticeable on our... [Read More]

DV8 Rude Dude

DV8 Rude Dude

The Rude Dude is the latest mid-price ball for DV8. This ball takes the core from the original Dude but uses a neon orange and yellow solid coverstock that is much stronger than the Dude's Class 4F formulation. This new coverstock provides a much stronger read in the midlane and back end than the original Dude. This ball provided the best reaction for our testers on our medium pattern. All... [Read More]

DV8 Ruckus Schizo

DV8 Ruckus Schizo

The Ruckus Schizo is the third introduction in the Schizo line from DV8. This ball utilizes the same asymmetrical Ruckus core shape from the previous two balls in this line. The difference is the Class 12 Reactive pearl coverstock. This cover comes at a polished finish, allowing it to retain large amounts of energy on medium volume patterns. The Ruckus Schizo's strong directional change was best for our testers on... [Read More]

Ebonite Energy Source

Ebonite Energy Source

The Energy Source joins the Source and Legacy in the Upper Mid Performance price point for Ebonite. This ball takes the Mission core that was in the original Source and wraps it with the new hybrid XL4500 coverstock. In addition to the different coverstock makeup, the box finish is also different from the Source. This ball is finished at a rougher grit before the polish is applied in the last... [Read More]

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how to read a program sheet part 2

How to Read a Program Sheet – Part 2

I promised that this month we would talk about how to translate all this data into a place to play on the lane, so here goes. What part of this do you really need to know and how will it help you? Here again is the 2012 Baton Rouge program sheet we’re using. (see below)... [Read More]

backswings and fast feet

Backswings and Fast Feet

It’s still a busy time here in Reno during Nationals. Thanks to all the BTM readers who have stopped by to say hello or to take a lesson with me. This edition of the Round Table features questions that are easily two of my favorites to date. The first topic of discussion addresses the height... [Read More]

little changes that can make big differences

Little Changes That Can Make a Big Difference – Part 2

Sometimes when bowlers are in a slump or they just need something to get them to the next level, it only takes a small adjustment or change to make a big difference. In this article, I am continuing from the February 2013 BTM a list of things I know have made noticeable differences in people’s... [Read More]

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El Dorado and El Diablo

The chemical composition of today’s bowling ball covers paired with flare leads to a weighty amount of oil being removed from the lane at a fast rate. In order to make proactive lane play decisions throughout a block, players must know oil depletion is the single most influential factor in lane condition transition and the... [Read More]


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]

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Bowling This Month is Officially Back!

I am very happy to announce today that Bowling This Month is officially back in business! After many months of hard work, we've just finished updating our website with everything necessary to launch our online subscription service. I really appreciate everyone's patience as we've worked through this transition. Now that we're back online, the majority of our focus can finally shift back where it belongs: delivering the best technical bowling content available to our loyal subscribers. While we will always keep a portion of our content open for everyone to view, the majority of our articles … [Read More]


Welcome to the New BowlingThisMonth.com

Thanks for visiting Bowling This Month's new website.  We're still very hard at work building the site and we aren't quite ready to start our subscription service, but we thought now would be a good time to invite the bowling world inside to take a look around. We still need a couple weeks to finish building the rest of the content and functionality, but we didn't want to wait any longer to start sharing information about the future plans for BTM.  We've added some archived content from recent issues of the print magazine and we're offering unrestricted viewing access to everyone for a … [Read More]