Featured Bowling Ball Reviews

DV8 Thug

DV8 Thug

The DV8 Thug is the newest addition to DV8’s high performance line. It equips bowlers with a new hybrid coverstock and a new asymmetrical core design. The Thug Low RG core provides a lower RG than the Ruckus Medium RG core that was used in the previous releases at this price point. To compare the Thug's Class 13F Reactive hybrid coverstock to the last hybrid coverstock in DV8’s high performance... [Read More]

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]

The BTM Archive – Featured Content

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]

gutter shot

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]

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Stuff To Do, No Matter What – Part 3

Here are the last few No Matter Whats...at least until I learn some more. “No matter Whats”,—if you’re just tuning in to the series—are what I call universal bowling applications. The pay attention NMW I’m always surprised at the number of people who don’t know the path their ball traveled on the lane. I frequently... [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]

thoughts on timing

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]

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]

TOP 10 PBA AVERAGES, 2009-10 Season

The Long Term Development Model

Bowling remains stagnant in regard to the number of bowlers who truly embrace the value of coaching. Inflated scores on 9-to-1 ratio house patterns have inflated egos while technology has duped bowlers into believing that their game can be improved by simply purchasing the latest and greatest bowling ball on the market. Why does this... [Read More]