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Storm Ride Bowling Ball Review

Storm Ride

The Storm Ride is the ball many Storm fans have been wanting to see for quite some time. We have seen a gap between the Tropical Breezes and the Lights Out/Punch Out options in recent years. The Pitch Black is an option, of course, but the Ride gives bowlers a new option for filling this gap that provides the ball motion shape of a reactive ball, instead of the early... [Read More]

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Motiv Venom Panic

The Motiv Venom Panic is the newest addition to the Venom line. This ball uses a new coverstock that is cleaner through the front of the lane than the Venom Shock on medium volume patterns. Like the Shock, it uses Motiv's symmetrical Gear core design. We had the best reaction with the Panic on our medium test pattern. Our testers were easily able to get to the pocket playing near... [Read More]

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Brunswick Vintage Gold Rhino Pro

The second ball from Brunswick in their Vintage releases line is the Gold Rhino Pro. With the exception of its name and its appearance, this ball is completely different from the very popular original, as it has been updated to match up better to today's conditions. On the inside, its High Differential Vintage Symmetrical core is similar in shape to the one used in the Vintage LT-48, but this version... [Read More]

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Radical Grease Monkey Whack

Radical's new Grease Monkey Whack is the third entry into the Monkey family. This is the second time a reactive hybrid coverstock will encase the Grease Monkey core design that has remained unaltered in this version. This cover is stronger both in the oil and at the back end than the first Grease Monkey. We liked the Whack on our medium test pattern. All three of our testers were able... [Read More]

Brunswick Mastermind Scholar

Brunswick Mastermind Scholar

The Brunswick Mastermind Scholar is the fourth release in the Mastermind lineup. It is the first Mastermind that comes out of the box polished. The Scholar pairs the same core from the other releases with a new reactive pearl coverstock named Honor Roll A+ Pearl Reactive. This ball easily glides down the lane farther than any of the previous Masterminds and it retains the most amount of energy for the... [Read More]

Radical Guru Mighty

Radical Guru Mighty

The Radical Guru Mighty is the follow-up release to last year's popular Guru.  It uses the same asymmetrical weight block that was found in the original. The Mighty Guru differs from the original in that it has a hybrid coverstock and a smoother 4000 SiaAir box finish, whereas the Guru had a solid cover and a 1500 SiaAir box finish. The Mighty Guru offers more length and back end reaction... [Read More]

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Hammer Bad Intentions

The Hammer Bad Intentions is the second release in the “Bad” high performance line from Hammer. This ball uses the same core design that was used in the Bad Ass and wraps it with the new Juiced Xtreme solid reactive coverstock. This cover comes from the factory prepped with a final finishing step of 2000 Abralon, making it a valuable tool on heavy oil lane conditions. The Bad Intentions was... [Read More]

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Storm Rocket

The Storm Rocket is the first 2015 addition to Storm's popular Thunder line. This ball pairs the highly successful R2S Hybrid coverstock with Storm's new Booster core shape. This is the first new core shape to enter this price point in a few years. The Rocket comes out of the box at the standard 1500 grit polished finish and it will give most bowlers lots of success on medium volume... [Read More]

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AMF Pure

The new AMF Pure is the latest hook monster for bowlers with lower rev rates, higher speeds, or who just flat-out want to see a ball hook. The Pure uses the same super aggressive F90 Solid coverstock that we saw previously on the Incinerate and pairs it with the same core shape that was in the Decimate. The core has been modified a small amount, giving this version of the... [Read More]

Storm Crux Pearl

Storm Crux Pearl

The Storm Crux Pearl is the first 2015 addition to Storm’s Premier line of high performance bowling balls. This ball pairs the Catalyst core shape from the first Crux with Storm's ERG Pearl Reactive coverstock. This cover comes out of the box with Storm's standard 1500 grit polished finish. This gives the Crux Pearl added length and a much stronger change of direction downlane than the first Crux. This ball's... [Read More]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

Speaking the Same Language

Speaking the Same Language

I’d like to thank all of you who send me emails. It is through them that I have a better understanding of what type of information interests the readers of BTM. The emails have also taught me there are many bowlers looking for the same information even when the questions are stated differently. Another thing... [Read More]

Is Big Hook Really Necessary?

Is Big Hook Really Necessary?

How much hook do bowlers need to be successful? It depends on whom you ask. Throughout the history of the game, bowlers have been taught and conditioned to hook the ball. This is quite understandable. A ball hooking into the pins produces a far greater percentage of strikes. Nonetheless, this is, by no means, meant... [Read More]

Little Changes That Can Make a Big Difference – Part 1

Little Changes That Can Make a Big Difference - Part 1

Sometimes the smallest things in bowling can make the difference between success and failure. In over 20 years of coaching at the professional level, I have learned that sometimes even a very small positive change can create a year of success for a professional bowler or competitive amateur. A small positive change can also make... [Read More]

Are You Prepared to Be at Your Best?

Are You Prepared to Be At Your Best?

As a coach who visits different countries, I encounter bowlers from beginners to elite national team players. At all levels, few bowlers are prepared to be their best for competition play. The objective of this month’s article is to raise awareness and provide an opportunity to self-assess your preparations as a player or coach. You... [Read More]

Is it Time to Call it Quits?

Is it Time to Call it Quits?

Every now and then you will see a bowler slam his/her bag down and declare, “I’m through with this!” Toward the middle or end of bowling season, you see players threaten to quit and never come back. Fortunately, most of these declarations pass with the speed of a player’s frustrations and disappointments. Yet, sometimes the... [Read More]

Who Says Bowling Isn’t Physically Demanding?

Who Says Bowling Isn't Physically Demanding?

It’s fairly well understood that bowling isn’t a physically demanding sport when compared to, say, football. That blanket statement is a little misleading. In reality, the demands placed on our bodies are lower overall, but they are quite different as well. As a coach who is involved with youth programs, it’s important to understand which... [Read More]

How Far Should You Slide?

How Far Should You Slide?

For many readers, you will clearly recall PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Marshall Holman starting with his heels off the back of the approach running to the foul line and utilizing a very lengthy slide before releasing the ball. See an example of Marshall Holman's lengthy slide in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHGnYQPqcJs. I hope... [Read More]

Staying Lined Up – Part 1

Staying Lined Up - Part 1

Over the next several issues, I wanted to cover a topic near and dear to the hearts of many bowlers: staying lined up. I’ve seen many systems and strategies over the years to help bowlers get lined up before a tournament or league, but very few deal with strategies for how to respond as the... [Read More]