Coach, I’ve Got a Question! – August 2022
Fri, 05 Aug 2022 14:29:22 +0000

In this recurring feature, I’ll be answering questions from Bowling This Month readers, or questions I’ve received from bowlers I work with, that might not require the depth of a full-length article, but that can definitely benefit more than just the person who happened to ask. Think of it as a Dear Abby column for […]

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900 Global Reality Check
Thu, 04 Aug 2022 17:55:23 +0000

The Reality Check is the third ball to use the Disturbance Asymmetric core shape in the 900 Global line. The Reality paired it with S84 Response Solid, while the Altered Reality used S84 Response Pearl. The Reality Check features a new hybrid coverstock called S84 Beta Hybrid that comes out of the box at the […]

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900 Global Wolverine Dark Moss
Thu, 04 Aug 2022 15:34:59 +0000

900 Global brings back the Wolverine name with the release of the Wolverine Dark Moss. This ball uses the same S70 Pearl coverstock and Lacerate 2.0 core that was found on the original Wolverine, but it comes in a new color and it features the new 4K – Fast box finish that is now being […]

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Columbia 300 Messenger PowerCOR Pearl
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 12:02:53 +0000

The Messenger PowerCOR Pearl uses the same weight block design as the Messenger PowerCOR Solid, with both balls featuring the Messenger PowerCOR nugget, an RG of 2.515″, and a total differential of 0.040″. The differences between the two balls are their box finishes and coverstock materials. While the Messenger Solid is a sanded solid, the Messenger […]

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Columbia 300 Messenger PowerCOR Solid
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 11:47:55 +0000

The Messenger PowerCOR Solid is one of two new releases to use the Messenger PowerCOR symmetrical weight block design. This core mimics the old Titanium ceramic nugget design used in Columbia 300 bowling balls from the 1990s. Any bowler or PSO who remembers seeing a sticker near the pin of balls like the Rage and Pulse […]

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Ebonite Polaris Hybrid
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 11:37:33 +0000

The Polaris Hybrid brings back the asymmetrical Polaris core and pairs it with the new GSV-3 Hybrid coverstock. GSV was originally a formula used on the Verdict and Choice balls, and then it was updated over the years with a solid version of GSV-3 used on the original Polaris. This ball’s GSV-3 Hybrid cover is […]

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Arm Alignment in the Two-Handed Swing
Wed, 27 Jul 2022 12:00:06 +0000

In the July 2007 issue of Bowling This Month, I first wrote about two-handed bowling in my article, How to Coach or Bowl With the Two-Handed Thumbless Delivery: An Emergent Powerful Style. In that article, I wrote, “If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch this new breed of power bowler, you will be amazed […]

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Behind the Scenes of the BTM Ball Review Process
Tue, 26 Jul 2022 13:03:12 +0000

Bowling This Month’s ball reviews are often acknowledged to be some of the most thorough and objective in the business. While readers can learn more about our overall ball review process here, we thought we’d pull back the curtain a bit more and chat with our lead reviewer, Eric Martinez. Eric is the owner of […]

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Bowl Like a Pro – Part 4
Fri, 22 Jul 2022 15:36:44 +0000

In 2013, I was coaching Team Canada at the World Games in Cali, Colombia. At the end of one of our qualifying blocks, as my bowlers were packing up their equipment, I looked over to watch the end of Team USA’s last game and I saw something special. It wasn’t because anyone had bowled particularly […]

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Storm Infinite PhysiX
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 20:42:17 +0000

The Infinite PhysiX takes the proven Atomic core from the previous PhysiX releases and wraps it in the ReX Pearl coverstock that was introduced on the Dark Code. Unlike the Dark Code, which originally came with a polished box finish, the Infinite PhysiX is the somewhat rare pearlized ball that comes out of the box sanded […]

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Roto Grip Idol Cosmos
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 19:56:06 +0000

The Idol Cosmos is the latest entry into the very popular Idol line for Roto Grip. This ball uses the same symmetrical Ikon core that has been found in every Idol release and wraps it with a new coverstock formulation. XtremeTrax has been used previously in its reactive solid version on the Idol Helios, and […]

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Pin Perspectives: Much Ado About Nothing?
Fri, 15 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

In recent months, there have been several major rule changes in the world of bowling, some from the USBC and some from the PBA. These rulings have been controversial, to say the least, and have generated much heated debate and enthusiastic discussion. Just take a look at Facebook and YouTube and you can easily occupy […]

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Thoughts From the 2022 US Women’s Open
Thu, 14 Jul 2022 17:40:50 +0000

The amount of preparation that is required prior to an event like the US Women’s Open can easily get overlooked, as most preparation takes place well in advance of the telecast. But aside from the obvious on-lane and mental game work that is required to sharpen skills, this tournament provided another challenge compared to other […]

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Motiv Pride Empire
Wed, 13 Jul 2022 20:35:28 +0000

The Pride Empire is the second release to use Motiv’s asymmetrical Dominion core shape, following up on the original Pride. This design provides an RG of 2.50″, a total differential of 0.042″, and an intermediate differential of 0.010″. It is paired with the new Propulsion Pearl Reactive coverstock that comes out of the box polished […]

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Coach, I’ve Got a Question! – July 2022
Fri, 08 Jul 2022 15:09:56 +0000

In this recurring feature, I’ll be answering questions from Bowling This Month readers, or questions I’ve received from bowlers I work with, that might not require the depth of a full-length article, but that can definitely benefit more than just the person who happened to ask. Think of it as a Dear Abby column for […]

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Hammer Dark Web
Fri, 08 Jul 2022 13:53:12 +0000

The Dark Web joins the Hammer lineup for the summer and uses the Aggression Solid coverstock that is found on the Black Widow 2.0. Bowlers will immediately notice the increase in texture from the much duller box finish. The Dark Web comes out of the box prepped with 500 and 1500 SiaAir, giving bowlers plenty […]

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Hammer Ocean Vibe
Wed, 06 Jul 2022 17:14:56 +0000

With the introduction of the Ocean Vibe, the iconic Vibe nameplate returns to the Hammer lineup for the first time since the release of the Orange Vibe in 2019. The symmetrical Vibe core comes back in the same form as the previous version, along with a pearlized version of the CT Reactive Plus coverstock. The […]

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A Champion’s Emotional Map
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:36:15 +0000

Psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt has a wonderful story to explain the two driving forces in our lives. Think of your brain as a rider, sitting atop an elephant. The rider is your rational mind, making decisions about what to do and where to go. However, if the elephant doesn’t want to go where the […]

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The BTM Interview: Andy Diercks – Part 2
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:59:47 +0000

In this installment of The BTM Interview, we continue our chat with Team USA Assistant Coach Andy Diercks. He is a USBC Silver-certified coach who has worked with Junior Team USA since 2017. Coach Diercks is also the head coach at Mount Mercy University and is the winner of the Women’s Kerm Helmer Coach of […]

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Finding the Right Bowling Coach
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 14:53:15 +0000

I can remember when I took my very first paid lesson with world-renowned USBC Gold coach Susie Minshew. After she told me to never show up in jeans again, we got started. I was both nervous and thought I knew everything. In reality, I knew nothing. She only made a couple of small changes in […]

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