Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

Track Hx16

Track Hx16

The Track Hx16 is the third ball in the "H" series of balls designed for high rev rate bowlers. It uses Track's dual density I-Core weight block which has been used in several previous high performance releases. This strong asymmetrical core is wrapped by Track's DR-8 Hybrid reactive coverstock, prepped with a 1000 Abralon pad and Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. Cranker liked this ball best on our medium pattern. He... [Read More]

Track Lx10

Track Lx10

Track's third entry into the "L" class of balls designed for low rev bowlers is the Lx10.  This release pairs the Face asymmetrical core with Track's sanded QR-6 Solid coverstock. This is Cranker’s favorite release out of the three "L" series balls. By leaps and bounds, the Face core has been his favorite in the trilogy, so he was excited to have this ball in his hands on our heavy... [Read More]

Track Mx05

Track Mx05

The Track Mx05 is the third installment in Track's "M" series of balls designed for medium rev rate bowlers. It is also the third ball since the start of the new naming system that uses the Modified Kinetic weight block. This ball's polished pearl coverstock glides through the front of the lane, revs up strong in the midlane, and then makes a big move at the back part of the... [Read More]

Lane Masters Yeah Baby!

Lane Masters Yeah Baby

The Lane Masters Yeah Baby uses the same shaped Impact core that was used in the ball with the same name some years ago. This modern version has a slightly lower RG and slightly lower differential. The big difference between the old Yeah Baby and this new one is the change in coverstock. This new release uses the Evolution XT solid reactive coverstock instead of the Diamond Particle shell that... [Read More]

Ebonite Code of Honor

Ebonite Code of Honor

Ebonite’s first high performance release of 2015 is the Code of Honor. This ball uses the same CB-2 asymmetrical core design that was in the Pivot, Pivot Point, and Honor. The Code of Honor uses a solid version of the RCS 5.0 coverstock that comes out of the box at a 3000 Abralon finish. This is a strong and absorbent coverstock that provides plenty of hook in the oil. The... [Read More]

DV8 Thug Unruly

DV8 Thug Unruly

The DV8 Thug Unruly is the second release from DV8 that uses the Thug Low RG core design. This time, this low RG, high differential core is paired with the new Class 13G Reactive Solid coverstock, which for us is easily the most aggressive coverstock used on any DV8 ball. This coverstock comes out of the box at a very rough 2000 SiaAir finish The Thug Unruly created plenty of... [Read More]

DV8 Diva Divine

DV8 Diva Divine

The DV8 Diva Divine is the third release with the Diva name on the outside and the Diva core in the inside. This purple and pink pill is the first Diva ball that does not come polished out of the box and it easily has the most amount of total hook of the three. The Diva Divine's strong hooking motion was devastating on our medium test pattern. All three testers... [Read More]

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Columbia 300 Deep Freeze

The Columbia 300 Deep Freeze is the latest release in Columbia's entry-level performance line. It uses a proven older coverstock that comes out of the box with final finishing steps of 4000 Abralon and Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. The Deep Freeze's core design is a modified version of the Messenger core that was used in the previous Freeze releases. While the shape of this weight block is the same, the... [Read More]

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Roto Grip Hyper Cell Skid

The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Skid uses the Nucleus core that was used most recently in the Hyper Cell and previously in the original Cell and Cell Pearl. This coverstock is an updated 73 MH pearl that for us provided more total hook than any previous polished Roto Grip release. We used the Hyper Cell Skid with great success on our medium test pattern. As the name suggests, the Skid... [Read More]

Roto Grip Unhinged

Roto Grip Unhinged

The Roto Grip Unhinged is the latest release from Roto Grip in the HP3 line. This ball uses the same Late Roll 69 core as the Hysteria. This time, this weight block is surrounded by the 60M pearl cover that comes out of the box at a 1500 grit polished finish. This change in coverstock allows the Unhinged to have more length, back end, and total hook than the Hysteria.... [Read More]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

Should Coaches Rely on Cameras or Watchful Eyes?

Should Coaches Rely on Cameras or Watchful Eyes?

Bowling is currently benefiting from a growing number of highly qualified instructors. Proper coaching and instruction have been the catalyst for the growth of golf and tennis. These two sports, along with bowling, are not instinctively natural. They can only be improved by proper instruction. Unfortunately, in the past bowling has not been as eager... [Read More]

Start to Finish – Part 1

Start to Finish - Part 1

The majority of time, at least here in the U.S., the lanes are stripped and oiled with a fresh oil pattern just before the start of league. Some of you may be thinking, “What is an oil pattern?” Some of you may already know. To make sure there is a clear understanding, the oil pattern... [Read More]

At the Core of Fast Improvements and Higher Level Performance

At the Core of Fast Improvements and Higher Level Performance

Historically, the study and teaching of bowling's physical game has neglected the trunk/torso relative to other influences of cause and effect. Due to this, there remains a lack of a thorough understanding of how upper body positions influence efficient movements throughout the approach. Through my study of efficient biomechanical movements in bowling, I believe the... [Read More]

Work the Inside of the Ball or Stay Behind It? Part 1

Work the Inside of the Ball or Stay Behind It - Part 1

For years coaches have been preaching to bowlers to work the inside of the ball and to stay behind it. "Let’s work that wrist, let’s cock it, cup it, and unwind it all at the bottom of the swing to produce a massive amount of forward revs to be unleashed on the pins." Many tournament... [Read More]

Starting From the Ground Up – Part 3

Starting From the Ground Up - Part 3

The term hand-eye coordination is defined as “the ability to coordinate vision with fine motor skills.” Since bowling is a precision sport, everything a bowler does is to promote successfully knocking down pins by coordinating movements to direct the ball toward a target, or more accurately, along a target path. With the big muscle groupings... [Read More]

How the Ball Goes Through the Pins

How the Ball Goes Through the Pins

Last time we talked about several of the things you can do to get lined up more quickly and stay lined up, using lots of the free stuff that is available to those who stay awake. You just can’t be unconscious. I wish it were that we could nonchalantly observe our shots and then just... [Read More]

The Non-Physical / Non-Mental Game

The Non-Physical Non-Mental Game

I competed in a local tournament recently which always draws a strong field with a wide variety of styles and techniques. After I was knocked out, I sat with a young two-handed player with truly BHAG’s (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). Our conversation covered a wide range of bowling topics including ball surface, lane surface, drilling/layout... [Read More]

When to Make the Bat-Call

When to Make the Bat-Call

There comes a time when even the best bowlers in the world need to seek help from a coach. It seems to me that accomplished bowlers often wait too long before they call their coach or seek outside help. When my friend Eric Forkel was on tour, he called it making the “Bat-Call.” After a... [Read More]