Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

Brunswick Mastermind Intellect

Brunswick Mastermind Intellect

The new Brunswick Mastermind Intellect is the latest addition to Brunswick's “Hook” line of products. This new offering uses the same Mastermind Low RG core as the previous two Mastermind releases, but with the brand new Honor Roll A+ Solid Reactive coverstock. This aggressive ball was able to handle our heavy volume test pattern with ease, even with the compounded box finish. Tweener and Stroker were close to the second... [Read More]

Lord Field Top Talent

Lord Field Top Talent

The Top Talent is the first Lord Field ball we have received for testing. This ball has a polished solid coverstock that surrounds a medium RG, medium differential core. The Top Talent is the second release in this product line, aiming to offer a smoother reaction and more length than the original Talent. The Top Talent's reaction shape was best for us on our medium test pattern. On this pattern,... [Read More]

Brunswick Brute

Brunswick Brute

The Brute uses a couple new pieces of technology from Brunswick. On the inside, this ball is powered by the new Brute Low RG/Low Differential Symmetrical core; we'd say more about it, but its name says it all. Brunswick has paired this new core design with a new coverstock. This cover is a hybrid version of the Fortify coverstock that was used in its pearl version on the Fortera Exile.... [Read More]

Radical Yeti Uncaged

Radical Yeti Uncaged

The Radical Yeti Uncaged marks the second time a pearl coverstock has been used with this weight block. The core is the same symmetrical "finger scoop" core that was used in all the Yeti releases so far. The difference in the pearl cover used on the original Yeti and the one used on this new release is quite noticeable, however.  In fact, this new coverstock makes the Uncaged a whole... [Read More]

Lane Masters Power Strike

Lane Masters Power Strike

The Power Strike is the third “Strike” ball we have thrown from Lane Masters. This newest release shares the same three piece core design as the previous Strike balls, which is different from many of Lane Masters' other two piece products. This core is enclosed by a solid coverstock called Reactive + that is prepped from the factory with a 2000 Abralon finish. We were stunned that a ball with... [Read More]

Lane Masters The Buzz Legend

Lane Masters The Buzz Legend

The Lane Masters Buzz Legend has a higher RG than any of the other previous Buzz releases while the differential stays the same. The Buzz Legend uses a stronger pearlized cover that comes out of the box at a polished finish on top of 2000 Abralon. The polished finish provides easy length with a strong back end reaction. We found The Buzz Legend to be most useful on our medium... [Read More]

Ebonite Honor

Ebonite Honor

The Ebonite Honor takes the CB-2 Asymmetric core design from the Pivot and the Pivot Point and pairs it with a new hybrid coverstock formulation. This ball comes polished, unlike the last hybrid coverstock on this core, the Pivot. The Honor was best for us on our medium test pattern. This new coverstock provided a massive move when it got the back end. As much angle as our testers saw,... [Read More]

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altering your physical game fast

Altering Your Physical Game FAST

One of the biggest challenges a coach or player faces is making a physical game change. Over time, all repetitions have led to a more automated execution, whether these movements are biomechanically efficient or not. Specifically, physical movements become increasingly automated to preserve brainpower efficiency and to increase the speed at which an individual executes... [Read More]

Release checklist

Shoulds and Should Nots – Part 3

Although a great release is the envy of every bowler not blessed with this talent, it becomes ineffective, actually worthless, if it is not executed at the proper point. What is the proper point and why is it important? An ideal release point allows a bowler to launch the ball into the lane from his... [Read More]

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How to Arrive at More Meaningful Analysis Data

Determining the most useful data to assess player performance has been a particular interest of mine for some time. Nearly a decade ago, I first published an article on evaluating a player’s performance through a thorough review of tournament data. The intent of that article was to introduce analysis concepts that provided more information than... [Read More]

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The Cure for Early Turn and Over-Turn – Part 2

In Part One (July Issue), I shared with you what I think are some unique ways to break the habit of turning the ball early. (To revisit my video on early turn, click here). Most, but not all, bowlers who suffer early turn also tend to over-turn the ball. Remember that the turn we are... [Read More]

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The Cure for Early Turn and Over-Turn – Part 1

Turning the ball early and over-turning the ball are two of the most common performance failures by aspiring bowlers. As I travel the country giving bowling lessons, I have come to realize that at least half the bowlers afflicted with early turn are already aware of it. Most of you early/over-turners know who you are.... [Read More]

ball weight, ball speed, pin carry, and wrist braces

Ball Weight, Ball Speed, Pin Carry, and Wrist Braces

We have two interesting topics to discuss that many of us have dealt with at some point in our bowling lives. Through years of working with our CATS system here in Reno, I’ve seen how low ball speed can adversely affect pin carry and scoring potential. Our first question deals with lowering ball weight as... [Read More]

Powerhouse Blueprint

Test Driving Your Ball With Blueprint

This is the first in a series of articles on new technology for bowlers and others in the bowling industry. There is an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”. For bowlers these are definitely interesting times. Never before have there been so many options for equipment. Bowling ball manufacturers are each touting... [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]