December 2012 Contents

Bowling Tips and Techniques Articles

Recommendations for a world-class youth development program

How to Best Spend 10,000 Hours

Many readers will be familiar with the ten year or 10,000 hour of training rule. Specifically, this informs us about how many hours of purposeful training are required to reach an elite level of performance. This rule is a well-documented...

What to do when the wheels fall off

In a Slump?

In its simplest form, bowling is not too far removed from cavemen rolling round rocks knocking down sticks. From the time we realized there is more to bowling than house balls and rental shoes, we have worked to develop our...

Calming the volcano

Tackling Your Weaknesses - Part 1

In the last couple of articles, I’ve introduced three player “categories” based on the area where a bowler is weakest. I’ve called them the Thinker, the Volcano, and the Blind Squirrel. Over the next three months, I want to address...

Speed and equipment

The LASER Adjustment - Part 2

S is for speed Some think speed is the most difficult of all adjustments, as it tends to mess with your timing the most. That can be true, especially if you manipulate your speed range by trying to use either...

Stop grabbing and lofting and start scooting

The Ron Clifton Scoot

I developed a technique many years ago my students have affectionately named the Ron Clifton Scoot. The scoot is a reasonably easy technique to learn that accomplishes several desirable things at once. When you do the scoot, you create a...

The story of two wolves

The Seven Deadly Sins of the Mental Game

There is an old story about a Cherokee Indian chief who was teaching his grandchild about succeeding in life. “A fight often goes on inside people,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between...

An often overlooked component of accuracy

What is Your Bowling Forearm Doing?

I need your help. I have been trying to think of a sport which involves either kicking a ball or hitting a ball or throwing a ball or rolling a ball in which the athlete does NOT have to follow...

Bowling Ball Reviews

900 Global Dirty Look

The 900 Global Dirty Look is the pearl-covered follow-up to the Look from the summer. The Dirty Look comes polished out of the box instead of the NEAT system finish...

Brunswick Aura

The latest introduction to the High Performance category from Brunswick is not another Nexus, but the Aura. This ball uses a brand new resin formulation for Brunswick and is designed...

Brunswick Meanstreak

The Maxxxed out might have been the last ball we will see with the C(System) name on it. The Meanstreak is the new ball in the upper mid performance line...

Ebonite Persevere

The Persevere is the latest mid price release from Ebonite. This is a hybrid cover followed up from the Endure over the summer. The Persevere offers the same easy revs...

Hammer Arson Hybrid

The newest fire starter in Hammer’s mid price line is the Arson Hybrid. This is the second hybrid-covered Arson in the line and has a different box finish than the...

Hammer Wrench

The Hammer Wrench is the latest tool added to the upper mid performance line. This is the first pearlized cover in this line since the Epidemic. The Wrench adds a...

Lane #1 Stealth Bomber Pearl

The Stealth Bomber Pearl is the second ball with the Stealth Bomber name, the first being a solid resin. This ball uses the same weight block with a pearlized version...

Motiv Raptor Talon

The latest addition to Motiv’s high performance line is the Raptor Talon. The Talon puts to use the Predator core used in the Raptor P7 and Raptor Attack. The difference...

Motiv Venom Strike

Motiv offers a new mid performance ball in the Venom Strike. This ball uses the Gear core while the cover is a new version of the Atomix resin that we...

Visionary The Classic

The Classic’s journey to the public market is an interesting story. It was first produced exclusively for members of the TCBA travel league. The ball performed so well for so...