February 2011 Contents

Bowling Tips and Techniques Articles

You don’t have to be an astronaut to feel weightlessness

I am often asked what single thing separates the best bowlers in the world from wannabe bowlers who try to make it to that level but fail. Of course, there is no one single answer but if I am forced...

When keeping score has a different purpose

Building Skills

This month’s article is in response to a reader’s request to create skill challenges to foster improvement in lane play skills and accuracy. With this in mind, I present a number of games, challenges, and practice methods to help you...

A simple procedure for continuous improvement

Every Bowler's Goal

Often what is discovered in one area of life can be used in another. The more fundamental the finding, the more broadly it can be applied successfully. For example, while working at a company as part of a large team,...

Preparation, arsenal, strategy

How Four Top Open Championship Bowlers Found Success

The USBC Open Championships have been contested for more than 100 years and a title at the world’s largest participatory sporting event is among the most coveted in the bowling. Each year, more than 65,000 bowlers compete in singles, doubles,...

The surprising challenge of house shots

Staying Lined Up - Part 2

Last month, I introduced a decision-making framework (see Decision Flow Chart) to help bowlers deal with changing ball reaction as lanes transition. This month, we will be applying that framework to ‘house shots’. They come in all shapes and lengths...

Observations about universal bowling applications

Stuff to Do No Matter What - Part 1

I’ve been developing this list since I started bowling. It was just some observations I made: if I did this more often, this happened; if I didn’t, good things happened less. I didn’t know it would turn into a bunch...

How to work your way out of preconceptions

The Bowler-Built Box

Many, many years ago as an undergraduate art major at California State University Northridge, I created a short animated film. It featured the white silhouette of a man on a black, star-studded background. The man was trapped inside a box....

A dependency on precision and patience

The Timing Ideal

One of the most important aspects of proper execution in any sport is rhythm and timing. In baseball, hitters, as well as pitchers, rely on timing to perform at higher levels. In football, despite the advantages of players being bigger...

Bowling Ball Reviews

900 Global Bank Pearl

The Bank Pearl is the latest high performance release from 900 Global. This new release uses the same SRC core found in the original Bank. The main difference between these...

Brunswick C(System) Alpha-Max

The C(System) alpha-max is the fourth release in Brunswick’s Chemical Friction Technology line of balls. This one is easily the strongest overall of the four. The alpha-max gets its strength...

Brunswick Loaded Revolver

The Loaded Revolver joins the Revolver in Brunswick’s upper mid-price category. It uses the same Jack core found in the Revolver with a different cover. The cover of choice is...

Columbia 300 World Beater

This mid-season release is the latest high performance ball from Columbia 300. The World Beater features the new Arrowhead core shape which has a medium RG combined with a high...

Ebonite Vital Energy

The Vital Energy joins the Vital Sign in Ebonite’s upper mid-performance category. Both of these releases share the same core design while featuring different covers. The change in cover to...

Hammer Infection

The Infection is the latest release in Hammer’s upper mid-performance category. Both the Infection and Plague use the same Biohazard core design. With its low RG, high differential, and medium...

MoRich Perpetual Motion

The release of the Perpetual Motion marks the first time in the history of MoRich that a symmetrical core has been used in their product line. This new ball also...

Storm Marvel

The Storm Marvel uses the R2X solid reactive resin cover with a sanded 2000 Abralon finish and continues the use of aromatherapy scents in the shell. This ball is the...

Storm Victory Road

The Victory Road is Storm’s latest addition to the Thunder line of bowling balls. It uses a new modified version of the Fe² core that was used in the HyRoad....

Track 718A

The upper-mid performance Track 718A features both a new core and cover for Track. The new Robot core offers a combination of a lower RG and higher differential as well...