Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

DV8 Hooligan

DV8 Hooligan

The DV8 Hooligan uses the Class 3F Reactive pearl cover that surrounds a new symmetrical core design. The Hooligan core reminds us of the core used previously at this price point in the Reckless series, but this new design adds another section to the shape, adding slightly more RG and less differential. This ball was best for us on our medium test pattern, with Cranker liking it a bit more... [Read More]

Radical Guru

Radical Guru

The Radical Guru combines the newest super-cover for Radical with a new version of the Scoop core design. This core has a lower RG, more differential, and more intermediate differential than their last high performance ball, the Reax Gusto. This new coverstock comes out of the box at a 1500 SiaAir finish, giving it plenty of hook on even the slickest of patterns. The Guru offered remarkable traction on our... [Read More]

Motiv Jackal

Motiv Jackal

The Jackal is the newest high performance release from Motiv. This ball has a sanded pearl coverstock that is wrapped around Motiv's strong Predator core. This low RG and high differential asymmetrical core offers plenty of total hook for all styles. We had the best reaction with the Jackal on our heavy test pattern. The 3000 grit LSS box finish had plenty of teeth for this slick pattern. Stroker started... [Read More]

Storm Crux

Storm Crux

The Crux offers the latest core technology from Storm and combines it with the new hybrid ERG coverstock. The Crux's new Catalyst core is a low RG, high differential asymmetrical that is designed to reduce the amount of change that occurs to the ball's mass properties as a result of drilling. Two of our three testers had their best reaction on the heavy test pattern. Stroker and Cranker saw the... [Read More]

Hammer Bad Ass

Hammer Bad Ass

The Bad Ass is the first high performance Hammer release to utilize a symmetrical weight block since the Sauce line in 2008 and 2009. Since that time, the Jigsaw, the Taboo, and the Blood lines have all used high flaring asymmetrical cores. The Bad Ass core is a throwback in shape to the weight block that was found in the original Blue Hammer. That said, this core is slightly modified,... [Read More]

Columbia 300 Eruption Pro Hybrid

Columbia 300 Eruption Pro Hybrid

The Columbia 300 Eruption Pro Hybrid is the second ball to use the lower differential Modified Resurgence core. The change from the solid reactive cover in the first Eruption Pro provides this hybrid with a bigger change of direction at the back end of the lane. This bigger back end motion was most useful to us on the medium test pattern. All three testers were able to start farther left... [Read More]

Roto Grip Shout 2014

Roto Grip Shout 2014

The Shout 2014 is the polished solid half of the two new HP1 bowling balls from Roto Grip this season. The Shout shares the same higher RG low differential core with the Scream and it also comes at a 1500-grit polished finish. Like the Scream, we liked the Shout best on our medium test pattern. The Shout picked up slightly sooner than the Scream and it was not as angular... [Read More]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

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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]

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The Relationship Between Lane Play and Oil Patterns

There seems to be a tendency to put these two together by thinking they are the same thing and really, they are two very different subjects. Before going into detail about the difference between the two, please keep in mind that the photos presented here are from sport patterns and not typical house patterns. The... [Read More]

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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]

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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Changing Hand Positions

Those who can change hand positions enjoy a distinct advantage over those with limited skills. In last month’s issue, I addressed the amount of hook required to be successful. Any hook that carries out the 5 pin is considered a quality shot, regardless of the amount of boards the ball covers… that is, provided the... [Read More]

ball speed and the right equipment

Ball Speed and the Right Equipment

Welcome back to the Round Table. As I write this I’m gearing up for the USBC Open Championships in Reno. I hope you will stop in and say hello while you’re there. This month, our expert panel of coaches discuss two topics that should help all of us improve our games. The first question deals... [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]