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Bowling: hurt my middle finger, pinky finger, bowling balls
pinky finger, bowling balls, middlefinger: Jorge, A popular lefty on staff with AMF about 10 years ago, used to throw his spare ball the way you describe. Positioning the ball on that part of your hand doesn t allow you to come around it as much and so the hook is cut down. On today s soft lane...

Bowling: Lane approach cleaning/maintenance chemicals, maintenance chemicals, rubbing alcohol
maintenance chemicals, rubbing alcohol, windex: I know the centers here use a mixture of alcohol and water. I have not seen Windex used. There are cleaners and conditioners that manufacturers have available as well. The centers here have used the Brunswick approach spotter for small areas. To much of...

Bowling: Lane approach and proper cleaning/chemicals, approach cleaning
approach cleaning: George, There are many types of synthetic lanes. The manufacturers usually have a recommended cleaning/spot adjustment procedure and chemical . Straight isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) comes in a variety of purity levels (70,80,90), but the highest...

Bowling: Layouts, thumb hole, flare
thumb hole, flare, new release: The worst thing that will happen as you learn to convert to a semi roller is the ball will flare over the holes. The full roller layout will make the ball end up tracking like a full roller. I have actually drilled a couple for me like that in the past and...

Bowling: lane conditions, head pin, special olympics
head pin, special olympics, left feet: Chris, When you miss left, move left (feet and target). If you jump across the head pin and miss the pocket by 6 boards, move your feet 6 left and target 4 boards left. Often a bigger move with your starting point (feet) will allow you to use a little more...

Bowling: layouts/drillings/ball choice, urethane balls, bowling balls
urethane balls, bowling balls, offensive linemen: Any reactive will be more skid/snap than the urethane look you are used to. One suggestion I would have is to go with a weak core and a solid coverstock and keep the cover with a matte finish. That will smooth out the reaction, but allow you to get a bit...

Bowling: Mass Biass Position, biass, performance ball
biass, performance ball, physical mass: Vincent, You asked: I need to know why on some balls the MB mark isn t in the continuation of the Pin-CG line ? You have an older ball that cracked. Are you needing to know because you suspect there is a problem or defect with the ball? You mentioned the...

Bowling: National, wide open space, extra room
wide open space, extra room, bowlers: I would not run out and get new equipment as I would start working on a different mind set. The national pattern, at times, can be very difficult to get used to. Usually, you will have to play further inside than at home without the extra room to the outside...

Bowling: New Ball, Beast
Beast: Ron, There is a light bulb shaped core with a smooth shiny cover in the Ebonite Clash (Blue/Yellow only). The Brunswick Avalanche (Red/Blue)has a cover and core combo just like the old Teal Rhino Pro (same core look). The old Agent series at Storm had flipped...

Bowling: New to Bowling how do I choose a ball?, avalanche series, power groove
avalanche series, power groove, columbia jazz: Low end balls would be in the Brunswick Power Groove, Columbia Jazz, Ebonite Tornado and the Storm Tropical Storms. The Tropical Storms are probably the strongest. Mid line balls would be the Brunswick Avalanche series, The Ebonite Clash/Bash, and the Storm...

Bowling: OLD Find, Mineralite
Mineralite: Ben, Stop. You have used ill fitting house balls five times and grandpa s ball fits good???? Fitting techniques have changed in the FIFTY years since the Mineralite was being made. Chances are it just fits better than the house balls, because it was fit...

Bowling: Pain in the Arm and upper Back, pain in the arm, substantial pain
pain in the arm, substantial pain, preasure: Josh, Pain in a muscle, when a correctly fitting ball should require NO grip preasure suggests a grip issue. Without lots more info i can t imagine what s going on. Please get seen by a doctor. Your obvious enthusiam should not be upended by an easily...

Bowling: pap, axis tilt, axis line
axis tilt, axis line, axis point: Randy, Do you really need max hook? High flare layouts take a lot of oil off the lanes, quickly. And often need to be put away quickly when the lane conditions transition (dry out) from play. Your driller should be able to council you on the best layout...

Bowling: Reducing Hook, less ball
less ball: Danielle, You are using a very strong core for medium to dry. The lesser core and cover of a Vibe, drilled to accommodate dry lanes (mentioned earlier) ought to work. Not seeing you throw, not knowing how your ball rolls, not having any idea of your layouts,...

Bowling: RG #'s & Dif #'s, Radius of Gyration, Differential Radius of gyration
Radius of Gyration, Differential Radius of gyration: R, RG is Radius of Gyration, the technical definition involves the relation of the area or mass of a figure to its moment of inertia. In bowling, a low RG ball will change from it s forward path more readily. If you throw hard, or bowl on more oil, a ball...

Bowling: Right ball?, nvd, gravity
nvd, gravity, good luck: If I remember correctly, the NV series has been discontinued or is being phased out. That would be a reason for the lower prices. For the reaction you are looking for, and the fact you are coming to the states in March, I would suggest the Virtual Gravity....

Bowling: Squeezing the ball, thumb hole, drilling the hole
thumb hole, drilling the hole, practice session: If you want to learn to not squeeze the ball, you have two ways to accomplish it. One way is to decrease the bevel you use on the holes, especially the thumb hole. The other way is to slowly tighten the thumb hole by using tape. Add a piece of tape during...

Bowling: Storm Drilling Question, storm patterns, storm website
storm patterns, storm website, cg 2: You can use the patterns from the Storm website. I would suggest placing the pin above the ring finger, if possible, and place the CG 2 1/2 inches to the right of your grip center.( if you are right handed) Once you throw the ball, you may have to adjust...

Bowling: spare aiming, arrow system, imaginary line
arrow system, imaginary line, technic: efrian, Using your strike line and moving your feet to get some spares works for many. Using a shiny hard spare (plastic) ball, and lining up your shoulder (because that is where the ball swings from) to cover a spare works for many too. You should do...

Bowling: synthetic, homework question, synthetic lanes
homework question, synthetic lanes, pheno: larry, is this a homework question? From Murrey, synthetic lanes are manufactured from 7/16 thick solid phenolic. Phenolic is the by-product of a number of different proprietary phenols and resins. Hence the term pheno lic. The lane itself starts...

Bowling: Thumb Position - Ball Drilling, changing pitches, thumb hole
changing pitches, thumb hole, thumb position: If you want to start an argument, go into a room full of pro shop guys and ask about the off set thumb. The theory of the off set thumb is it gets the hand flatter on the ball. I have never been convinced by a proponant of the off set thumg that it...

Bowling: Tight finger holes, finger holes, size holes
finger holes, size holes, power groove: The popping sounds are not really a sign of finger holes that are too tight. Soreness on the fingers or joints would be more of a sign of holes that were too tight. A finger tip grip would be tighter than a conventional grip. If you would like them to...

Bowling: Tight thumbhole and pressing thumb down., thumb hole, thumb down
thumb hole, thumb down, thanks a bunch: This can be a tough thing to figure out. You want the thumb hole to be tight enough so you dont have to squeeze the ball to hold onto it, but you dont want it so tight that you cant let go of it. I think the best way to learn how tight of a thumb hole...

Bowling: Can't Release the Ball, thumb hole, finger holes
thumb hole, finger holes, reactive ball: When you place the tape in the thumb hole, do you place them all on the same side? If you put them on the gripping side of the thumb or the side closest to the finger holes, you can add reverse pitch. That would make you squeeze the ball even more to hold...

Bowling: terms, frong, front 9
frong, front 9, perfect game: Once you get past the turkey, it is usually local terms. Common term is the number of strikes followed by the word bagger.........such as 5 bagger or 8 bagger. 6 is sometimes called a six pack. A string can also be called by using the number with front...

Bowling: trouble getting good hook, ball speed
ball speed: Grant, The ball needs to transition in the middle portion of the lane (middle 20 feet-or midlane). If your speed has the ball skidding to far, stronger surface will help the ball slow down. You have the right idea. If your ball goes 19mph comfortably,...

Bowling: axis tilt, axis rotation, wrist position
axis rotation, wrist position, finger tip: Axis tilt is the product of the position of the wrist at the release point. With the palm facing up, draw a line down the center of your forearm to your middle finger. If that is a straight line that continues to your finger tip, you will have little axis...

Bowling: Ball Choice, abralon, heavy oil
abralon, heavy oil, revs: What you want does exactly what you already have. A ball that is designed or drilled to go long will have the snap reaction. If you want to cut down on the snap, apply a little surface to the ball. The problem with that is you lose some of the length that...

Bowling: Bowling, ball hooks, dick ritger
ball hooks, dick ritger, oil patterns: Ken, Hows your ball speed? Without knowing more info, i can make some generalizations of what effects players as they age (like have effected me). First, ball speed changes how a ball hooks and how soon, so your path to the pocket and spare game needs...

Bowling: backswing correction
Rick, You sound like you need to grip the ball. Most spinners use too much grip pressure and are letting the ball go so late that it spins off their hands resulting in a very low track. I d check your grip out. If you haven t bowled in awhile but have...

Bowling: ball verses wood lanes, wood surface, urethane
wood surface, urethane, beast: Joe, The surface doesn t help with accuracy. The dull Stingray, especially if it has a fresh surface should manage more oil better. Your skills will dictate most of the reaction. The shiny ball would retain a lot of energy, and might be a little...

Bowling: bouncing a ball, bowling ball, downswing
bowling ball, downswing, brunswick: Anytime the ball is bouncing, it s not in contact with the lane. That s not a good thing! There can be several reasons for the ball to bounce. One is that your wrist breaks back on the downswing. If you don t have a firm wrist with your fingers UNDER the...

Bowling: bowling ball arsenal, scholarship tournaments, bowling balls
scholarship tournaments, bowling balls, bowling skills: The Vitual Energy would be a good ball choice. Eventually I would also add a urethan ball as well for the shorter oil patterns. If you want to bowl in college make sure you pay attention to your studies. It is not all about bowling skills. I would also...

Bowling: Creating Teams, mystery pots, bowling party
mystery pots, bowling party, aggregate score: Philip, Kind of gives the teams with extra players an advantage. I d create another team with players from two random teams and your two extra bowlers, give the teams giving up a player an absent bowler/vacancy score. You can arrive at that score a number...

Bowling: chipped ball, cosmetic problem, small stuff
cosmetic problem, small stuff, surface finish: William, You had the center fix a cosmetic problem, even if the chips are in the ball track, passing across the chip for a brief, fraction of a second, doesn t change what the ball can do (unless damage is substantial, I don t sweat the small stuff). Your...

Bowling: Drilling question, thumb hole, tweener
thumb hole, tweener, street rod: This ball should do what you are looking for. I have thrown several of them and the are very controllable. As you move the pin down towards the center of of your grip, it will read the lane a bit sooner. Moving the pin below the fingers should be fine,...

Bowling: drilling layout plastic ball, dynamic core, bowling ball
dynamic core, bowling ball, t zone: Just drill the ball with the CG in the center of the grip. The Tzone does not have a dynamic core in it so any kind of lable shift wont make much, if any, difference in the reaction. The balls material will make it a good spare ball. The most important...

Bowling: Equipment, bowling pro shops, instructors association
bowling pro shops, instructors association, ball speed: Hi, Kyle! There is an expert ball driller and former board member of the International Bowling Pro Shops and Instructors Association on the All Experts site named Warren Freidl who would be much more qualified than I to answer your question. To get just...

Bowling: Equipment
Kyle, The ratio is small but it sounds like the volume is higher. How many units at the heaviest volume do you have on the lanes? The layout in the Cell is delaying the ball, and the core inside from helping your fiance more at the pins. I d suggest from...

Bowling: Fingertip release tightening, hammer black widow, perfect hole
hammer black widow, perfect hole, ball moves: I would have your span checked again. If you have to stretch you hand to place your fingers and thumb in the ball, it may be causing the issues. If the span is not stretched, then you may want to look at the pitches. Does you whole hand swell or just the...

Bowling: Thigh pain, hip flexor
Bowling: Thigh pain, hip flexor

Bowling: forfiet of game, forfiet, bending the rules
forfiet, bending the rules, game one: Jackie, Each game must be played with a minimum legal lineup. If in game 1, there are not enough players, the game is forfeited. You may allow the players that show up, to pace for game one. When a legal lineup is present they may play each of the subsequent...

Bowling: Helicopter balldrilling, dramatic delivery, bowling balls
dramatic delivery, bowling balls, shop operator: Adrian, I ve not drilled for any helicopter style players but I ve discussed the ideas with a prominent Hong Kong pro shop operator and a couple International Coaches with experience with the style. Their input is that the equpment is very light usually...

Bowling: Insterts, finger holes, corks
finger holes, corks, good luck: I am not sure if they still make the inserts for conventional fitted balls. Even if they do, I would not suggest them as they can cause you to hang up in the ball. They make tape and corks for finger holes that are best used with a conventional grip. If...

Bowling: lane conditions, attitude shift, abralon
attitude shift, abralon, virtual thanks: Chris, Are your two Storm balls drilled the same? The Virtual Gravity will retain more energy at 4000. Do you need a stronger move downlane? Easiest way to answer your question is to try it (probably better in practice). I have very little idea what...

Bowling: Need to Drill a New Ball, minor hook, center arrow
minor hook, center arrow, axis rotation: Gudziel, Sounds like you found a concerned driller that tried to help, the best he knew how. That s a good thing. You described your set-up. But, standing on second arrow and aiming at first arrow demands that you drift left, unless your body is about...

Bowling: Need suggestion / help with drillings, axis tilt, axis point
axis tilt, axis point, axis rotation: Rob, Your pitches in the fingers can help get the ball off the grip. Send me a copy of your ball fit and I can recommend a couple small changes. If you are slightly inverted, you are getting great hand action, is your delivery consistent, or does it vary...

Bowling: New Bowling Ball, hammer bowling balls, bowling ball
hammer bowling balls, bowling ball, ball speed: Caleb, The Widow line is a good one. The Pearl stores alot of energy and is more angular than the others with surface (Original Widow, Bite or Sting). Venom has a stronger cover, but if ball speed is a little slower and you have decent hand, the red one is...

Bowling: New shoes wont slide!, leather soles, chip master
leather soles, chip master, new shoes: If the Dexters you had were a more traditional style, you will have to take some time to get used to these new ones. The new style shoes tend to be flatter and will make you contact both the heel and the toe at the same time. That is why you have heard...

Bowling: Getting a new ball, cranker, bowling ball
cranker, bowling ball, ball speed: Mike, The Mutant Cell looks to be quite a bit of ball. Should fit the bill. But, for your size and athleticism, I m surprized at your ball speed. Especially rolling a 14 lb ball. I ve written a bunch of times about how a ball should just hang in one s...

Bowling: Plugging and re-drilling rules, pba, good luck
pba, good luck, bowling: Lee, There are no rules restricting plugging and re-drilling, but when a ball starts getting to small it is illegal. When a weightblock has been drilled into a bunch it lacks the heft to effect the ball as it did new (or newer). PBA rules precluded re-drilled...

Bowling: pin placement and top weight
Top weight: Higher top weight will delay the balls breakpoint and make it sharper. Lower top weight will make the breakpoint calmer and earlier. Pin placement can enhance the balls hook potential or lessen it depending on the placement compared...

Bowling: pulling shots, hello susie, long periods of time
hello susie, long periods of time, frequent breaks: Seems you already know the answer! Training is not about throwing the ball every time it comes out of that little hole. You should pace your training sessions at your league pace. If you bowl trios or five-person, train accordingly. What good does it do...

Bowling: Very Strange Ball Track, axis point, hook ball
axis point, hook ball, left hander: Can you send me a picture of the ball? I cannot open the link that you sent. Email me at collinspro2@aol.com. Normally, when drilling a ball for a right handed backup ball, we drill it like it is for a left hander. This would usually place the pin near...

Bowling: THUMB, thumb hole, swells
thumb hole, swells, good luck: I would suggest opening the thumb hole enough to be able to start with a couple of pieces of tape. As your thumb swells, you can just remove the tape. Another option is to have a switchable thumb installed. You could them have thumbholes of different sizes...

Bowling: Thigh pain, forward momentum, slide room
forward momentum, slide room, steel brush: Mike, As usual, I d recommend first and foremost to see a doctor. The type and location of the discomfort could be from stopping short on the approach. When the forward momentum of you and your bowling ball comes screeching to a stop at the fouline, there...

Bowling: Thumb Problems, little at a time, 8r
little at a time, 8r, ovals: What kind of inconsistency are you having? Usually when pitches are changes in one area, they must be changed in other areas to stay compatible. I would expect you would need to add forward to your thumb or increase the span. If you dont make changes...

Bowling: trying to find the fight ball setup, axis tilt, axis point
axis tilt, axis point, center arrow: Klark, Not sure what you mean by almost dead like can you explain? Your center conditions the lanes the way so many do (THS-Typical House Shot). Easy hook on the outside boards (the 12 nearest the gutter) makes the sport so easy (creating hook and angle...

Bowling: val, axis line, vertical axis
axis line, vertical axis, bowling ball: Richard, Finding the VAL, on a ball, means mapping for the pin buffer, mapping for the Mass Bias (MB)(on a marked asymmetric) or figuring where the MB would be (on a symmetric ball). When you have an idea where you want the above, deciding what pin distance...

Bowling: weights, thumb weight, core influence
thumb weight, core influence, axis rotation: Jan, The research I ve seen and experiments I ve done, reflects that weight imbalances effect the ball very minimally, providing less that 5% of the balls reaction in a modern bowling ball, way to little for the average player to worry about. The USBC is...

Bowling: 10 pen carry, columbia yellow, entry angle
columbia yellow, entry angle, ball impact: I am not sure what adjustments that you made, but leaving the ten pin is caused by the ball hitting light in the pocket. By light, I mean that the ball is hitting the 3 pin too near the front center of the 3 pin. To carry the 10 pin, you need to have the...

Bowling: Ball Drilling Layouts, fun chip, thumb
fun chip, thumb, balls: One layout that I really like to play with is to set the ball up like a full roller. Place the pin near your thumb in the 7:30 position. When it works it can be a lot of fun. Use this layout with a pearlizes coverstock though. Have fun :) Chi...

Bowling: BOWLING, pro bowlers, technology lane
pro bowlers, technology lane, consistent release: William, Thanks for the feed back. What have you changed that is causing you to struggle? Be mindful that lane surfaces have changed, lane conditioning has provided a way easier environment, ball technology has exploded, lane conditioners are thicker...

Bowling: BOWLING, bowling league, meager results
bowling league, meager results, target: If possible, try to find a coach to work with. By doing that, you can maximize your practice and make sure you are practicing the correct things as well. You might find out you can improve with less games per week as well. Working with a coach will also...

Bowling: More backend on oily lanes, sand lines, tweener
sand lines, tweener, heavy oil: If your release produces very little side rotation the change of direction down the lane is limited. Add that to heavy oil conditions, it is hard to get a big move down the lane. The best reaction is to create some ball roll to keep the ball from overskidding....

Bowling: ball equivilent, avalanche series, brunswick line
avalanche series, brunswick line, ball dynamics: Jan, The Black and Red Bash from Ebonite has the Big Bang XL reactive coverstock, but your Crossfire is polished with Powerhouse Factory Finish (you might need to modify the cover - smooth and polish it). Also, the ball has a modified lightbulb shape core,...

Bowling: ball selection, axis point, straight balls
axis point, straight balls, lane surface: Dave, Getting the ball into a roll seems to be what you need. You said layouts are reflecting the previous dry conditions. Layouts need to change so drill angles are smaller, pins are close to leverage (for more flare), and pin buffers are smaller bringing...

Bowling: bowling ball arsenal, scholarship tournaments, bowling balls
scholarship tournaments, bowling balls, bowling skills: The Vitual Energy would be a good ball choice. Eventually I would also add a urethan ball as well for the shorter oil patterns. If you want to bowl in college make sure you pay attention to your studies. It is not all about bowling skills. I would also...

Bowling: bowling conditions and proper ball selection, synthetic lanes, oil patterns
synthetic lanes, oil patterns, delivery style: Ray, A drop in average usually indicates a change in lane conditions, wear and loss of performance from equipment, or physical impairment. Synthetic lanes causing your almost 10 year old ball to hook to much sounds like they re dry (or have gotten drier)....

Bowling: bowling straight or target line, target line, target path
target line, target path, dick ritger: LD, The numbers you mentioned (2-3 inch pin and 2.5-3.5 top weight) are fairly standard (right in the middle range of what s made). I d talk to your ball driller about what you need. Rev rate, speed, rotation and axis tilt will all influence what details...

Bowling: Dropping ball on approach, fit ball, foul line
fit ball, foul line, bowlers: Hi, Judy! There are numerous reasons that people lay the ball down behind the foul line. It is not illegal. Here are some of the reasons: Too much reverse pitch in the thumbhole (very common); a thumbhole that is too big; breaking the wrist back as...

Bowling: damaged thumb, skin abrasion, thumb hole
skin abrasion, thumb hole, bowling balls: Don, Look forward to getting the email from your shop guy. I ll check on freight (don t expect it to be much), where will I need to send it (them)? Send info to my store website (revbowl@revbowl.com). You can pay with a check or credit card. You can call...

Bowling: delivery, pete weber, question thanks
pete weber, question thanks, downswing: LD, NOT a dumb question. Probably the key question for most bowlers. Your skills will often dictate what you can do. If your not afraid to chase the oil, do it. But realize you will be in at some point where the ball, layout and your skills no longer...

Bowling: Entry level?, entry level performance ball
entry level performance ball: John, Thoughtful gift but be careful. When venturing into a performance grip, especially when utilizing a performance ball (even an entry level performance ball), you add elements that will magnify any inconsistency that can be very frustrating. When...

Bowling: Finger holes, finger holes, four holes
finger holes, four holes, question thanks: 1. Holes or indentations for gripping purposes shall not exceed five (5) and shall be limited to one for each finger and one for the thumb, all for the same hand. The player is not required to use all the holes in any specific delivery, but they must be...

Bowling: Fix a small chip in the thumb hole, thumb hole, bowling ball
thumb hole, bowling ball, problem thanks: Shawna, Have you tried a piece of tape? A little dolop of plug should fill it in. But you ll need a shop to do it, not to many sources for ball plug. Sorry there is no quick and easy way to solve your problem. Thanks for the question. Hope you had a...

Bowling: Full roller, pin top, bowling ball
pin top, bowling ball, simple answer: James, A fuller roller is a type of release/delivery. If you don t roll the ball through the grip, a full roller layout might put the pin (top of the weightblock# in a disadvantageous position. A full roller layout and the myriad of variations can help...

Bowling: Two-handed bowler equipment, prodigy, gravity
Bowling: Two-handed bowler equipment, prodigy, gravity, curve

Bowling: fit adjustment, thumb hole, kind thanks
thumb hole, kind thanks, middle finger: Al, Not sure how long your span is, but if your coming out of a zero zero fit, it is probably around 4 to 4 1/4 inches long. Average to stiff and you d hang up on the front of the thumb hole if it was any longer. Getting you flat on the ball is not easy without...

Bowling: fit adjustments, thumb hole, hand fingers
thumb hole, hand fingers, finger and thumb: Alvin, Are you right handed or left? What are your laterals for the fingers? Your spans are 40% of your fit, if they are not close, you won t get the feel your looking for. Pitches are another potentially 40% of the fit too. How do the holes fit? tight?...

Bowling: Heavy Oil - Little back end, new ball, Ultra Zone
new ball, Ultra Zone: Ashley, The Ultra Zone is a strong cover and core. Before recommending something, I d rather know more specifically about your ball speed, rev rate, axis tilt and axis rotation. Has your local ball driller determined your Positive Axis Point? What kind of...

Bowling: Two-handed bowler equipment, axis tilt, axis point
axis tilt, axis point, axis rotation: Gary, Your son s 13 lb ball doesn t have much of a core. So, surface on a lightly oiled synthetic lane is important. Getting a Street Rod Pearl or Fast from Storm will give him more length but still the dynamics of what he s used to. A shiny Tropical has...

Bowling: heavily oiled lanes, bowling balls, axis rotation
bowling balls, axis rotation, game timing: Donovan, Every bowling center conditions their lanes the way they believe is best for their bowlers. Your former center may have conditioned the lanes with much less oil (regionally some areas use more oil, some use less). Your speed, the changing surface...

Bowling: hooking on oil - ball, radius of gyration, bowling balls
radius of gyration, bowling balls, little swing: Owen, The Ultra was one of Brunswick s stronger entries in the last few years. Most bowling centers don t put much oil outside of second arrow (the ten board) on both the left and right gutters. So, from what you mentioned, I d have to assume your Ultra Zone...

Bowling: Lane Conditions, THS, easy lane conditions
THS, easy lane conditions: Ron, USBC stays out of the what you can put down controversy, with a minimum rule of 3 units of oil should be applied to every board across the lane (with some centers applying ratios of 10, 20, 30 to 1, heaviest board oiled to lightest). No length is prescribed....

Bowling: Layouts, axis rotation, ring finger
axis rotation, ring finger, pap: I would look for higher RG balls and then place the pin just above the ring finger with the CG 4 inches from your PAP. A good strong pearl coverstock will help create more backend movement too. Also, look for balls with higher top weights. Good luck,...

Bowling: Length and breakdown, columbia white, cranker
columbia white, cranker, striking power: One thing to try and develop control of the condition is to lessen your rev rate. Just becuase you can hook the ball doesnt mean you need to hook it at all times. It is really important to not hit up on the ball as the lanes break down. Looking at your...

Bowling: lack of improvement, international bowling pro shop, bowling pro shop
international bowling pro shop, bowling pro shop, pound ball: Hi, James! Averaging 115 is certainly no fun. It takes a lot of skill to throw with a fingertip grip so that is probably not a good solution for your wife. If she is letting go of the ball too soon, the fit may be an issue. Find an International Bowling...

Bowling: lanes, foul line, gutters
foul line, gutters, ld: LD, Most lanes have more oil in the middle and fronts (heaviest at the foul-line tapering to roughly 36 to 40 feet). Controlling ball reaction means getting a little more oil under your shot, getting more hook means moving out (towards the gutters) or slowing...

Bowling: lefty arsenol, arsenol, bowling style
arsenol, bowling style, mike aulby: Did you watch the PBA show that featured the Cheetah pattern? The lefty had a good look with a Storm Natural. I think that ball would match the look you like to see on that pattern. I use my Natural on our house patterns here. It provides great control...

Bowling: lifting head during delivery, head bob, couple shots
head bob, couple shots, 190s: Mike, A big head bob at the point of release sounds like fast feet and a yanked swing (when the ball is pulled down the head rares back to offset the motion). How does the ball feel? When fit is tenuous a more mechanical forced swing is often the result....

Bowling: Natural layout, arsenol, natural layout
arsenol, natural layout, ciminelli: Since the Natural is a control type of ball, I would go with a strong layout or a layout that will give the ball the most hook potential. The cover will tame down the reaction enough. Unless you have really slow ball speed, you should be fine with the stronger...

Bowling: Need to Drill a New Ball, friction characteristics, abralon
friction characteristics, abralon, straight ball: Ren, There are several ways to change the surface. First, try not to let it change. Wipe the ball off all the time and clean it at the end of any outing. Second, your local pro shop should be able to use Abralon, SAAIR, or 3M pads to freshen the surface...

Bowling: New Ball, finger inserts, two balls
finger inserts, two balls, skin sores: When you were using the house ball, were you using your thumb? It is usually harder to throw a hook with those than the Tropical Storm. Does the Tropical Storm have finger inserts? If so, they may be too tight. Even if you dont use inserts, if the holes...

Bowling: timiing/rythymn, bowling tips, oil patterns
bowling tips, oil patterns, ball path: You need a coach who can see what is going on with you. Your timing is late. That s not a bad thing. Late is great. However, there is such a thing as too late and a miss to the outside results. A coach is your best bet. You ll waste a lot of time looking in...

Bowling: PAP confusion for new equipment, bowling balls, proper distance
bowling balls, proper distance, drillers: Unless the ball has a mass bias marker on it, like the key, it is easier to explain the layout by using the CG. At times, I tend to use the CG even with the balls that have that extra marker on it. Old school thinking that still sneaks out once in awhile....

Bowling: rotation, stirling scotland, two and a half years
stirling scotland, two and a half years, tweener: Hi, Michael! I m a bit confused by your question. It almost seems as though you are saying that your revs at the back end of the lane are inconsistent rather than the revs off your hand being inconsistent. Those are two very, very different things. ...

Bowling: rotogrip mutant cell (latest release), synthetic lanes, oil condition
synthetic lanes, oil condition, tweener: If you polish the mutant it would probably be ok. I would look at the cell pearl if you ball speed is slow. I would place the pin above and to the right of the ring finger with the CG directly below that and add an extra hole on your PAP if one is needed....

Bowling: Spare balls, spare balls, plastic balls
spare balls, plastic balls, columbia blue: Hi, Dennis! Welcome back to bowling! As you ve noticed, it s a very different game than it used to be. It s really rare to be able to make spares with reactive or particle balls. In fact, if that worked, that s what the pros would be doing. They re...

Bowling: Switching Hands, muscle memory, step approach
muscle memory, step approach, bad habits: Jason, Nothing can speed up the change in muscle memory but practice. Practice makes perfect, but perfect practice makes permanent. Practice alone will create the muscle memory you want but over practice (or imperfect practice) and you ll get into bad...

Bowling: thumb hang up, international bowling pro shop, finger holes
international bowling pro shop, finger holes, bowling pro shop: Hi, Don! Yuk. You are in a very ugly and embarrassing place, not to mention how this problem can hurt your tendons and elbow! The most common reason for hanging up in the ball the way you describe is that your span is too long and/or you have too much reverse...

Bowling: tv commentary, bowling congress, interest thanks
bowling congress, interest thanks, tv commentary: Sandy, The tv shows are presented by the PBA. The PBA charges ball companies (and any provider of apparel, bags, accessories, etc. for promotional consideration). I think that if specific balls are discussed, the paying companies might feel slighted if they...

Bowling: want a new ball, oily conditions, oil condition
oily conditions, oil condition, cranker: If you want a ball for a heavier oil condition, then the two best options would be the Storm Virtual Gravity of the Roto Grip Mutant Cell. The Fast is better in a light to medium oil condition. The Furious would be an option too but it is not as strong as...

Bowling: Arc & back end hook, arc ball motion, arc back end reaction
arc ball motion, arc back end reaction, snap reaction: Hi Mark, A very happy New Years to you! Like most people this time of year it sounds like you want to make a change and change is good! You commented that you may want to switch to a 15 lb weighted ball. For the most part that is good. Perhaps you...

Bowling: Ball Layouts, finger holes, oil ring
finger holes, oil ring, finger hole: Would it be possible for you to send a picture of the equipment you are using? I would like for you to trace the first oil ring that you see on your ball. The measurement for your PAP seems a bit odd, even for someone that has in inverted track. The layout...

Bowling: Ball Layouts, oil patterns, wondering what type
oil patterns, wondering what type, happy new year: Ricky, Controllable, according to how strong your rev rate and ball speed are. The harder you throw it, the quicker it needs to slow down on long and/or heavy oil patterns. I m a fan of basic drillings with more surface, so when the oil finally starts to...

Bowling: Ball track issue... continued, axis tilt, axis rotation
axis tilt, axis rotation, chris barnes: Kelly, Try to keep your hand inside the ball as you get to your release point. Wrist and hand position seems to be causing your roll to be near zero axis rotation, while that works ok some time, not a versatile delivery. Friction on the top of the knuckle...

Bowling: Black Widow Pearl?, oil shark, synthetic lanes
oil shark, synthetic lanes, pin fall: Regi, The Red Pearl Widow is a long and strong pearl with an asymmetric core. If anything you might get a lot more out of the backend then you d expect. Getting many opinions is good, but could get confusing. If you can find a coach or a very good player...

Bowling: Black Widow Pearl?, dynamic core, game thanks
dynamic core, game thanks, ball speed: Regi, Strong ball, but asymmetrical (strong dynamic core), so the core does contribute to overall ball reaction, where the Copperhead is a combination of core and cover to create the effects you get. The different looks might be difficult to get used to....

Bowling: Bowling Shoes, bowling shoes, linds
bowling shoes, linds, steel wool: Robert, Miss those Linds, huh? :) From a quality and lasting a long time standpoint, you can t beat Linds. The heel of the non-sliding foot is your brake. It is supposed to stop you. If your Linds were 25 years old, I m sure the heel was quite worn...

Bowling: ball and drilling, urethane balls, performance ball
urethane balls, performance ball, core drilling: Ed, You might want to try a Scout from Columbia, or AMF Smoke pearl drilled to match your revs and path to the pocket. Slower speed and fewer revs don t match up well to hooking conditions. The three piece will push long down the lane and give you as much...

Bowling: ball weight, onxy, minimal loss
onxy, minimal loss, ball speed: There are a lot of bowlers that use 15# equipment with great success. It is easier on the body and can help lessen fatigue with a minimal loss of hitting power. If everything else you own is 16# and you do not have any physical issues, I would stay with...

Bowling: bowling ball, axis rotation, storm products
axis rotation, storm products, ball speed: It depends on the price range you are looking for, but here are 3 that I would suggest. These are from lowest price to the highest price. They are all Storm products as they are the ones I am most familiar with. If you are interested in a different company,...

Bowling: bowling technique, Release, hook
Release, hook, modern bowling: Hello Efrain, Yes it does still work! I have seen the video on You Tube. I see the type of release he is demonstrating everyday on the lanes. This is a forever release as described by Dick Ritger, Earl Anthony and many others. However, what we have to...

Bowling: Drilling Question, finger inserts, thumb
finger inserts, thumb, span: Each pro shop has their on way to measure that. I usually will go with the full span from insided of hole to inside of hole, especially on the first ball drilled for a customer. Once we settle on the type of inserts used, I will go with a cut to cut measurement...

Bowling: drilling, synthetic lanes, tweener
synthetic lanes, tweener, ring finger: There should be some drilling information in the box. I imaging the one on the sheet will place the pin near your ring finger and would not have to place the cg far enough to the right that you will need the extra hole. Adding an extra hole will make the...

Bowling: First ball, brooklyn side, right hander
brooklyn side, right hander, susie: Hi, Ron! The pocket for a right-handed bowler is on the 17th board, between the 1 pin and the 3 pin. For a righty, the Brooklyn side is the 1-2 pocket. Often in the northeast part of the USA, the 1-2 pocket for a righty is called the Jersey side. ...

Bowling: finger placement, placement matter, finger placement
placement matter, finger placement, ball speed: Hi, David! Here are the answers to your questions: 1. Yes 2. It depends on what you want the ball to do. You should be able to tuck your pinky, have it next to your ring finger, and spread it from the ring finger. You should also be able to have your...

Bowling: Hook Release, finger holes, shop operator
finger holes, shop operator, pin position: Hi, Joshua! The Freeze is a great entry level reactive ball. Depending on the lane condition where you bowl, it should hook a bit. There are several things that could keep it from hooking: you are rolling it in a lot of oil; your hand action generates...

Bowling: Hook Release, bowling fun, shop operator
bowling fun, shop operator, moderate pressure: Great Josh, and in addition, a true bowler will eventually learn to master both and at least one more as well as the two handed delivery if they are so inclined. (Smile) One thing at a time though. As far as coaching goes, or finding a coach, my thoughts...

Bowling: hitting your mark, missing target, missing my mark
missing target, missing my mark: Hi Dan, Things to consider when you talk about pulling your shot or not hitting your mark involve your tempo on the approach, whether you may be left or right eye dominant, bowling ball fit, the position of your hand or your wrist at release, whether you...

Bowling: Info., international bowling pro shop, bowling balls
international bowling pro shop, bowling balls, bowling pro shop: Roger, Volunteer at a local pro shop (you can help out around the store for the information you desire). Subscribe to the bowling trades (Bowling This Month, Pro Shop Operator, Bowlers Journal International Magazines). Get formal training from the International...

Bowling: Lane Change, dull surface, ball speed
dull surface, ball speed, bowlers: I dont think it is so much the difference between the synthetics and the wood lanes as it is the different lane condition between the two centers. If it is just the ball speed, then you would need to have a ball with a dull surface, strong core, and strong...

Bowling: lane conditions, coefficient of static friction, bowling congress
coefficient of static friction, bowling congress, bowling lane: Hi, Dan! Great question, however, the answer varies depending on the type/manufacturer of the lane. You might have better luck getting a specific answer from either the manufacturer of the lane surface you are curious about or asking the question of the...

Bowling: mutant cell layout, thumb hole, two balls
thumb hole, two balls, rattler: No matter the layout on your mutant cell, it will hook sooner than your rattler. If you are only going to have the two balls, I would choose a simple layout for the cell. If you go with too aggressive of a layout on the cell, it will make it one dimensional...

Bowling: new balls, no hooky?, non hooking ball
non hooking ball: Hi Jeff, Lot s of variables here, and so we don t play web tag you re it, let s deal with the known and then the unknowns. First you have a new ball. Since it won t hook we have to say, why doesn t it hook? Natural questions are: am I straight rolling...

Bowling: Proper hand position when releasing the bowling ball, Release, delivering the ball
Release, delivering the ball, rotating release: Hi Phillip, If you are a lefty(sounds like you may be), there are only two things you will do with the ball normally. Either spin release the ball, or throw it forward rolling. As to when you will rotate the ball, most bowlers will rotate spinning...

Bowling: pitches for leverage holes, pitches, leverage
pitches, leverage, good luck: Pitching the extra hole adds a very small percentage to the ball reaction. I would dare say you would have to have a CATS system to see the difference. Pitching the hole can allow you to add or subtract top weight, finger weight, or thumg weight. It also...

Bowling: Ring Finger Sore! after bowling, finger and thumb, bowling ball
finger and thumb, bowling ball, ring finger: I would suggest having the span and pitch checked on your ring finger. If that checks out, then I would make sure the size of the insert is not too tight. If you use a finger inser with the lift, try the oval instead. All of those should help, and if...

Bowling: re-drilling, grip change, happy holidays
grip change, happy holidays, finger tip: Crystal, Chances are you can. Moving the core to change it s influence is a possibility, but if this is your first finger tip, gauging how much different the ball rolls (with just the grip change) with a very similar layout will be helpful information for...

Bowling: right ball to use, recovery thanks, arcy
recovery thanks, arcy, friction: Joe, Typical lane conditions consist of more friction close to the gutter. If you roll straighter, an arcy ball reaction won t over react (as much) if you get it wide. When a lane opens up or you like to play more inside on the lane, the stronger move...

Bowling: SCUFFS ON BALL, bowling balls, bowling center
bowling balls, bowling center, bowling alley: Robert, Did the shop do anything about them? Scuffs may indicate, as the shop guy suggested, that you put the ball down very early. Move your set-up closer to the foul line and try to slide about six inches from it. How far away do you stop from foul line...

Bowling: SPORT SHOT LAY-OUT, axis tilt, axis point
axis tilt, axis point, axis rotation: Charlie, I d need way more info than you ve provided. There are multiple sport patterns, with the multitude of speed, rev rate, axis tilt and axis rotation options, anything I d suggest is, at best, a WILD guess. Please provide more info and I can suggest...

Bowling: How do I stop from pinching the ball on my delivery?, thumb hole, sore thumb
thumb hole, sore thumb, couple suggestions: Ryan, A couple suggestions: try to identify how long a first step you take, then try to cut it in half (that will slow down your approach and you won t feel like you need to fling the ball to get back into time), try to allow the ball to hang (with no grip...

Bowling: switching balls in league play, reaction changes, idea what kind
reaction changes, idea what kind, emrald: Hi, Allen! Excellent question. Since I have no idea what kind of surface and pattern on which you bowl, how many people are on a team, and what type of rotation and tilt you have, I ll make some general suggestions for adjusting. To move two boards...

Bowling: target, bowling ball, target
bowling ball, target, drift: LD, One way to control the reaction of a bowling ball is to keep it on enough oil to retain energy and finish strong. If you can t walk straight, it s hard to keep oil under the ball. If you drift, a board or even a couple, as long as you re constant,...

Bowling: virtual energy/lanes, synthetic lanes, happy holidays
synthetic lanes, happy holidays, synthetics: Sandy, You changed the surface so it bites earlier. It might be a touch too early, so you might want to save some energy by leaving the surface a little rough but shining the ball back up. The ball will transition sooner than box (out-of-box) finish but will...

Bowling: AMF Bullwhip replacement, radius of gyration, amf300
radius of gyration, amf300, medium swing: Grace, The Early 1997 AMF Bullwhip (a pearl Ball of the Year) had what is maximum allowable Radius of Gyration (RG). The very center heavy ball helped the rev challenged bowlers of the day. Many of today s balls have numbers similar. I d recommend the...

Bowling: Ball drilling, tight thumb hole
tight thumb hole: Terri, The answer is as tight as (your fit demands) they need to be. Your fit is a combination of span, hole angles and hole sizes. I have found if the span and angles are correct, thumb hole can be fairly huge and you can still control the ball (it...

Bowling: Best non plastic ball for DRY lanes?, storm bowling balls, storm fear
storm bowling balls, storm fear, oil pattern: If you can find one, a urethane ball might be your best choice. I think that the Brunswick Groove is the only one being made at this time. Storm made a urethane Flash several years ago. The urethane will hit better than the plastic be more controllable...

Bowling: Better pin action, plastic balls, pin action
plastic balls, pin action, bowling ball: Bob, You are adding variables. Layout will help but it is harder to hook a conventionally fit ball. If the ball doesn t hook on the middle boards don t roll it there, unless your going straight at a spare. You want flare because it helps slow your ball...

Bowling: Bowling advice, curve ball, oil condition
curve ball, oil condition, rotational energy: I would look at adjusting the surface of the ball. That will give you a lot more options than just adding another hole in the ball. Unless you have a lot of ball speed, or bowl on a heavy oil condition, you will not need a lot of surface on the ball. Too...

Bowling: Bowling ball, free swing, bowling ball
free swing, bowling ball, pound ball: April, Ball fit is crucial. The ball should let go of you. There should NOT be any grip pressure needed when the ball hangs down next to your body. It sounds like you are working too hard. The unfortunate reality is that most bowlers (and some ball drillers)...

Bowling: ball, noticeable scratches, bowling ball
noticeable scratches, bowling ball, energy retention: John, The wear and tear is normal, you ve almost bowled 1000 games. A resurface could help recover the surface that once was. Cleaners help with consistent performance, polishes help protect and help with skid downlane and energy retention. Thanks...

Bowling: ball drilling, bowling ball, horsepower engine
bowling ball, horsepower engine, analogy: Michael, Sometimes once, some times three or four times. When the drilling effects the weightblock, it effects the balls ability to roll as designed. If every time a car was sold used, the engine was removed and replaced with a slightly smaller, lighter,...

Bowling: ball weight, ball weight
ball weight: Alexandra, If you re a beginner, timing, not gripping, more weight pulling you around, is all part of it. When standing upright with the ball at your side, if the ball just hangs in your hand, you ve got a good fit. If not, the fit issue should be addressed...

Bowling: bowling balls, axis tilt, series balls
axis tilt, series balls, axis rotation: Bill, Light bowling balls don t have much inside. They are a basic pancake weightblock (typically) at or near the top of the core (under the label). A high performance or mid priced performance light ball is not significantly better than a lower priced entry...

Bowling: drift and swing not fluid, back swing, wrong direction
back swing, wrong direction, good luck: If you have not, take some video of your game. Watch the direction of your pushaway and the start of your swing. If you start in the wrong direction, you will drift out of line with your steps and your swing. Also, if you can find the last 2 issues of...

Bowling: drilling, ring finger, cg
ring finger, cg, good luck: I would look at a layout that will put the pin above the ring finger, or just to the right of the ring finger. Keep the CG directly underneath the pin and try not to use an extra hole. An extra hole may be needed depending on the pin to CG distance. Adjust...

Bowling: Best non plastic ball for DRY lanes?, avalance, light oil
Bowling: Best non plastic ball for DRY lanes?, avalance, light oil, blue pearl

Bowling: release, axis rotation, dick weber
Bowling: release, axis rotation, dick weber, don johnson

Bowling: How do I find my PAP?, vertical measurement, finger holes
vertical measurement, finger holes, exact spot: Trace the first ring of oil that is closest to your thumb and finger holes. Mark the center of that ring. Locate the exact spot on the other side of the ball from the original spot. Measure from the center of your grip horizontaly to just above or below...

Bowling: Hand polishing ball, ball polish
ball polish: Angelo, Check out: http://www.bowl.com/specs/ballCleaner.aspx. Many of the bizzillion things people have put on bowling balls. Quick answer, can t use it DURING ANY competition sanctioned by United States Bowling Congress (it s a surface modification...

Bowling: sure you can help!, new ball
new ball: Justin, The changes you made (resurface and new grips) allows for more/earlier hook. (I assume when you say resurfaced, the ball has been sanded to remove nicks and gouges, exposing a fresh and probably rougher, surface.) New grips allow for better lift and...

Bowling: high track player, bowling balls, axis rotation
bowling balls, axis rotation, finger and thumb: Steve, Ask your driller about longer pins (if you use 4 inch try 5, if you use 5 (I doubt it) try 6 inch, Pin to PAP) and bigger drill angles, mass bias (or cg) swung toward/in/under the grip (thumb area) or into your track area. Both ideas will help...

Bowling: new ball, ball choices
ball choices: John, Look at the Avalache series from Brunswick, the Clash series from Ebonite, or the Street Rods from Storm. All have dynamics a little stronger than your OLD Beast but should help on the lanes in today s environment. The surface of the ball you buy...

Bowling: very old ball, old brunswick, hard rubber
old brunswick, hard rubber, constuction: Beatrice, The ball, more than likely, was made of hard rubber. If it s a shiny ball, polyester balls hit the market way less than 50 years ago. It s a standard constuction (pancake weightblock) ball, all were 50 years ago. Not much more to say. Thanks...

Bowling: PAP, layout choices, jason belmonte
layout choices, jason belmonte, paps: Once you find your PAP, it will be useable on all subsequent balls that you drill. You will not need to measure from track to PAP. If you know your PAP, your ball driller will be able to suggest layouts. I have drilled balls for several 2 handers, and...

Bowling: Pocket Splits and a couple more questions, pocket splits
pocket splits: Loretta, Pocket splits as a result of straight hard rolled ball is all about deflection. Striking is about angle of entry. What weight do you roll? Where do you play (where do you start on the approach and where do you finish your approach at the foul...

Bowling: pin placement, air force customers, axis point
air force customers, axis point, pin placement: Kaye, Aggressive ball reaction is different than carry. I m thinking you re asking a strong finish, the downlane hook? A strong pin placement (flare encouraging, quicker rolling, strong core position) would be considered leverage or halfway between your...

Bowling: release, ball strikes, bowling balls
ball strikes, bowling balls, ball speed: With ball speed that is slow, you need to use bowling balls with weaker cores, layouts, and surfaces. If not, you will lose hitting power. To learn a better release, work on rolling the ball off of your hand while feeling the ball most at the base of your...

Bowling: release, chicken wing, bad swing
chicken wing, bad swing: Shane, I ve noticed that a chicken winged release is often contributed to by an ill fitting ball. Do you feel your ball fits well? If the ball can hang in your hand, when you relax your arm with the ball hanging at your side, fit is good. But, if you...

Bowling: Splits, thumb position, pound ball
thumb position, pound ball, last nite: What kind of balls are you using and what is the surface on them? If the ball is too strong for the condition, wether due to surface or layout, it will hit weeker than expected. To combat this, you can try to creat more side rotation so the ball retains...

Bowling: span, finger pain
finger pain: Jerry, Addressing the pitch (angle of the hole), you may have too much tension from the angle or span. Adjusting the finger pitch away from the thumb should relieve some pressure and discomfort. Discuss with your ball driller how much (since I have no idea...

Bowling: span, sasba, followup question
sasba, followup question, monroe louisiana: Jerry, Look forward to the follow-up. Vise has several kinds of grips. Oval, pitched, semi-pitched. see attachment. Best to practice on the surface you expect to bowl on. If tourney is on wood you have wood (though it s badly kept, do they at least...

Bowling: My Wrist is Killing me!, wrist bone, multiple sports
wrist bone, multiple sports, speed average: David, You are possibly just overdoing. The various fits also demand more from your hand, arm, muscles. A comfortable fit demands no, NO muscle tension. You ve gone from a conventional grip house ball to a full finger tip with grips (jumping right into...

Bowling: wrist brace, Cobra 3 Wrist device
Cobra 3 Wrist device: Gary, I ve purchased Cobra products directly from the manufacturer for almost 20 years and NEVER had a problem with defective merchandise. I would expect if you contact the store you purchased them at, they would be replaced. No direct knowledge of either...

Bowling: Ball finish (Full Roller) medium oil, scotch brite, oil patterns
scotch brite, oil patterns, thanks a million: Lou, You lose energy when the ball is bogged down by friction early (or too early/earlier than optimum) on the lane. Your Cell Pearl skids until it s shiny cover contacts a drier portion of the lane (sometimes outside boards, sometimes the track area...

Bowling: Ball Speed, axis tilt, axis rotation
axis tilt, axis rotation, ball speed: The ball speed is not the only part of the equation. With a high rev rate, that may actually be slow ball speed. I would have your pro shop watch you bowl so they can match your rev rate, ball speed, axis tilt, and axis rotation to your ball needs. ...

Bowling: Balldrilling helicopter, joint stiffness, drill specs
joint stiffness, drill specs, bowling equipment: Walter, Helicopter style bowlers use flexibility and countless hours of practice to execute this very strenuous delivery. Many do so much damage to the wrists, arms, shoulders, etc. they retire very early. I strongly recommend you do NOT attempt this. ...

Bowling: Bowling ball questions, ball questions, performance core
ball questions, performance core, ball speed: D, Rough cover, solid performance core. The Ultimate will be earlier and strong while the Vibe will conserve more energy, later reacting. If you have an oily lane or more ball speed (or both) the Ultimate can help. The Ultimate was brought back by Brunswick...

Bowling: Brunswick Wild Ride, axis rotation, lane surface
axis rotation, lane surface, surface change: Jason, I said Third, when you throw hard, 18 plus (around 2 and a quarter seconds, to go from foul line to pins) surface is your friend. Your purchase of a pearl ball, no matter the strength of core, won t help if you can t get any traction. You are speed...

Bowling: What ball should I get?, storm line, ring finger
storm line, ring finger, street rods: I would start with an entry or mid level ball. Entry level would be balls like the Storm Tropical Storm line. The mid level would start with the Storm Street Rods. Go with a standard label layout for the best control. That will place the pin near your...

Bowling: ball drilling, stiff shaft, fun bowling
stiff shaft, fun bowling, practice balls: It is much better to have a ball that you can control. Location is still the most important part of the game. However, the lighter ball will not give you the pin action on the off hits, or the shots that are not perfectly in the pocket. There is going to...

Bowling: ball finish, finger inserts, track thanks
finger inserts, track thanks, lefthanded: Jerry, Easier to do this with some pro shop equipment. But, to get your PAP, identify the first ring of oil on the spare ball all the way around the ball. Draw perpendicular line from one edge of the ring across the grip to the track on the opposite side...

Bowling: ball fit, thumb hole, peices
thumb hole, peices, maxim: It could be a combination of size and pitch. At the minimum, I would have the pitch checked. If it needs to be changed, it should be able to be done easily. To adjust the size, you can try a couple of peices of tape. In general, the pitch would be adjusted...

Bowling: ball layout, ring finger, middle finger
ring finger, middle finger, hybrids: It would seem that the only time you would be able to use solid coverstocks would be on the heavier oil conditions, or to try to break down the pattern. They probably dont carry well for you since they will burn up a bit quicker unless there is enough oil...

Bowling: best drilling pattern and ball selection, cg 2, tweener
cg 2, tweener, heavy oil: I would look for a ball with a 3-4 inch pin with 3- 3.5 ounces of top weight. Place the pin just above the ring finger and the CG 2 1/2 inches to the right of your center line. Place an extra hole just past the PAP, if the extra hole is needed. I...

Bowling: bowlind, tournament condition
tournament condition: Patrick, Take them all. Bowling conditions are about how your speed and rev rate, axis tilt and rotation work on the lane surface and the conditioner applied to it. The tool in between is the bowling ball. I assume you mean a Roto Grip Cell? If the...

Bowling: bowling, bud bowl, oswego ny
bud bowl, oswego ny, storm cell: There are two ways to play that type of condition. One is to use something dull and play up the outside, pointing the ball towards the pocket if you have to. The other way is to play deep inside with a polished ball and using the oil on the left side...

Bowling: bowling, axis tilt, short term goal
axis tilt, short term goal, axis rotation: Josh, The playing field (lane) is 40 inches wide. Roll the ball with the most consistent speed your body, timing, and style will allow. Holding the ball higher in your setup (and in front of your shoulder), will allow for a higher backswing, which means...

Bowling: bowling accident, foul line, meniscus
foul line, meniscus, incident report: I know the centers I have worked at an incident report was filed whenever something like that happened. That usually takes care of any accident issues with the insurance company. Did the center file any reports when you fell? This is out of my area...

Bowling: bowling lane coditions, seventh arrow, axis rotation
seventh arrow, axis rotation, bud bowl: Pat, Sounds like a reverse block. You need to have enough ball (surface and layout) to be able to get the ball to read/react in the oil, or play the part of the lane that doesn t have any oil with your least hooking ball (I d try rubber). The third...

Bowling: bowling throw, professional pianist, hall of famers
professional pianist, hall of famers, gentle curve: There have been several really good bowlers that have been successfull with a bent elbow style. The key to that is to roll the ball off of the hand and not try to over lift it. Don Carter and Earl Anthony were two hall of famers. I am sure you can find...

Bowling: Cracked ball and ABC rules, bowling balls, crack
bowling balls, crack, abc: Joseph, I am aware of lots of rules about bowling balls but none about not having a crack. If the center has no problem with your ball, if it isn t causing any problem or damage to the lanes don t worry about it. Chances are it isn t going to heal, you...

Bowling: Finding a good pro shop nearby, middle arrow, thick fingers
middle arrow, thick fingers, speed ranges: Mick, Your cleaning regiment is a great idea, but 5 years of scrubbing the surface may have scored the particles off and changed the surface significantly. I can t imagine, with your speed (slow) and the ball type (strong surface and high flare potential)...

Bowling: Balldrilling helicopter, helicopter spinner, crankers
Bowling: Balldrilling helicopter, helicopter spinner, crankers, pin action

Bowling: i would really like to become a professional and need a sponsor, honor score
Bowling: i would really like to become a professional and need a sponsor, honor score

Bowling: selling a bowling ball, garbage dumpsters, silver coach
Bowling: selling a bowling ball, garbage dumpsters, silver coach, rubber balls

Bowling: Hard time visualizing release & getting thumb out first, One Step Drill, 1-Step Drill
One Step Drill, 1-Step Drill: Roland, You sound like the old adage paralysis by analysis . Bowling is played on a field only 40 inches wide. It s about balance and consistency. The sport of bowling is about teaching your body to do what you want, then LET IT DO WHAT YOU TAUGHT IT....

Bowling: heavy oil, axis tilt, bowling lessons
axis tilt, bowling lessons, hammer black widow: D, Get some bowling lessons. The improvement you experience will help the rest of your life. I d need your ball speed, rev rate, axis tilt, axis rotation, and an idea of what kind of oil, in what quantities, are being applied to what kind of lane surface,...

Bowling: no hook?, target line, forward momentum
target line, forward momentum, ball slide: Sandy, Not usually much maintenence, but wiping the ball off after every session, or better after every shot lessens the need for anything major. Is the target line you described, your prefered line? Does your ball go long then flip? or is it more rolly?...

Bowling: increasing my revs, nerf ball, axis rotation
nerf ball, axis rotation, cranker: You can toss a football underhand into a chair. If you throw an underhand spiral with a level flight path, you are on your way. You can also use a large nerf ball and make sure you dont toss it upwards, but in a straight and level line. Good luck, Chip...

Bowling: new ball, Big Time Pearl, Ebonite Bash
Big Time Pearl, Ebonite Bash: Earl, Check out the Black and Red Bash from Ebonite, it s got the same Big Bang coverstock and similar numbers and style core. You will need to adjust the cover but, it s close. Have it drilled to go a little longer than your particle pearl. Thanks for...

Bowling: Pin/Top Weight for Gift Ball, bowling balls, crescent wrench
bowling balls, crescent wrench, bowling equipment: Jennifer, A stronger ball is needed typically because of a lane condition that causes your current equipment to skid to much, or hook less than you need. A player throwing hard is effected more by oil on the lane. So a speed dominant player might need...

Bowling: pin placement, axis tilt, flat patterns
axis tilt, flat patterns, core positions: Tyler, Pin distances and layouts are utilized to match a player (rev rate, ball speed, axis tilt and axis rotation) to the lane conditions (oily, medium, sport, tournament, THS). Where do you get your balls drilled? A longer pin can be positioned...

Bowling: Right handed bowler throwing left handed spin., handed person, middle dot
handed person, middle dot, side edge: Joe, No doubt you throw fast but the local center may be getting the speed wrong. The speed measuring devices can become miscalibrated and reflect way more or way less than actual speed. Does it take less than two seconds for your ball to hit the pins? ...

Bowling: i would really like to become a professional and need a sponsor, bowling career, bowling average
bowling career, bowling average, ball manufacturers: Just having a 210 average is not enough in todays environment, even if that 210 average would be on Sport or PBA conditions. You will need to prove yourself in the PBA regional program. After that, you may be able to find someone that could help with the...

Bowling: selling a bowling ball, bowling balls, cork center
bowling balls, cork center, rubber balls: Teresa, Is this a trick question? What was the value, undrilled in 1975? $40? An entry level plastic ball costs around $70 now. A basic black rubber ball may not offer the looks that current options offer. The rubber ball was all you could get before the...

Bowling: tape placement in thumbhole, diet activity, teflon tape
diet activity, teflon tape, roll thanks: Donald, Tape can accommodate the sometimes daily fluctuation of the size of your fingers and thumb, due to many influences (humidity, temperature, diet, activity level, etc.). Placing the tape allows for security, comfort, performance. Placing the tape...

Bowling: weight blocks, bowling balls
bowling balls: Tom, Symmetric utilizes the force provided by the bowler. Asymmetric enhances the force thru improved dynamics both designed and drilled. Thanks for the question. And Thanks for the feedback. Respond or drop me a note (revbowl@gmail.com) with your real...

Bowling: wrist support, wrist device
wrist device: Travis, Have you video taped your delivery? Feeling like you are not being behind the ball and actually seeing the ball and hand in your swing/release being out of position, is another matter. If a qualified coach or respected experienced player verified...

Bowling: Arm swing and release, arm swing, muscle tension
arm swing, muscle tension, elbow: Bill, How does the ball fit? If your armswing is not relaxed and straight, you may be bumping the swing out or in, to allow the muscle tension that you need to hold onto the ball. Most low track players are overturning the ball in an effort to hook it...

Bowling: Balance hole, hole surface, shop operator
hole surface, shop operator, emerald: Chuck, Usually the weight hole is an option to remedy an imbalance, that if left alone would cause the ball to be illegal. But, since a weight hole can contact the core and alter it s dynamics, some change in reaction can be achieved. Your plan may alter...

Bowling: Ball track issue, pitch change, dynamic release
pitch change, dynamic release, finger hole: Kelly, You could be very up the back of the ball and have a 6 plus PAP, you have a little tilt and some of the reaction your seeing is the result. You could add more angle (lateral finger pitch) to the ring finger and it would facilitate your getting around...

Bowling: BOWLING SHOES, dexter bowling shoe, dexter shoes
dexter bowling shoe, dexter shoes, bowling shoes: Larry, Was stopping too hard, what caused the problem? The adjustability will help if you have the higher tech, higher end Dexter shoes. A smoother sole can be purchased independently, if all you need is more slide (and you have the interchangeable option...

Bowling: Bowling Ball Drilling Expert in So. Cal, bowling ball drilling, international bowling pro shop
bowling ball drilling, international bowling pro shop, pinole valley: James, Not sure how many stores are in the LA area. I ll check with a few people and see what I can find. Talked with some So Cal people. Check out Custom Fit Pro shop in Upland, 909-985-9380, Joe Slaton, or (Different company same name) Custom Fit 909-481-8001...

Bowling: Bowling equipment, wrist braces, black hammer
wrist braces, black hammer, composite average: Jerry, Check out the standard league pattern by talking with the local center and ask about what nights still contain league play (most leagues are winding down this time of year). See if you can throw a little on a newly conditioned lane, just before league...

Bowling: bowlers thumb, thumb rubbing
thumb rubbing: Ken, Small or large hand (long fingers?), flexible hand (when you stretch the index finger and thumb apart, is there more than a 90 degree angle, lots more? or less)? thumb hole a little loose? Does the pro shop guy use 0 pitch? Do you weight 160 plus? ...

Bowling: bowling ball, shot path, ebonite big time
shot path, ebonite big time, pound ball: Janet, The core in a light ball is the same as a basic entry level ball (have you ever thrown plastic?). Your Ebonite balls are probably identical inside. How invested is your ball driller in you doing better? Your speed and light ball doesn t allow for...

Bowling: Cleaning a bowling pin, bowling pins, urethane coating
bowling pins, urethane coating, wooden pins: Judy, A project your local hardware guy or paint store can probably help you with better than me. I have no idea what you are dealing with as there are a few different kinds of pins. Some wooden pins are covered with a heavy duty coating called Surylin...

Bowling: Coming over the ball, bowling leagues, back swing
bowling leagues, back swing, shoulder level: Nate, Sounds like a grip issue. Could be ball weight to. The death grip at the bottom of the swing is a huge red flag. I start players at 10 percent of their body weight, with a bump for athleticism. If he is an athletic 115, try a 12 or 13 pound ball....

Bowling: Common practice?, random players, tourney team
random players, tourney team, unspoken rule: Jason, Some teams play the way you ve mentioned. But, it would be common to mention the planned sharing of prize money to a new tourney team member. Ask the guys you know from league if this is the norm for the group? If you d like to play with them again,...

Bowling: Duckpin synthetic lane approaches, sticky approaches
sticky approaches: James, A couple things can cause the sticking issue. The carpet is a big possible problem. The Bowling Stadium installed carpet right up to the approaches when it first opened. Bad idea. They since changed it. You need to clean approaches everyday....

Bowling: drifting, forward shoulders, fist step
forward shoulders, fist step, ball position: Mickey, Ball position at setup and your first step (or two) leads to a balanced approach. Try staggering your feet (right foot back slightly and apart from left) with the ball more in front of your shoulder/arm pit, at set up. Position your body to make...

Bowling: drill specs, pin center, performance ball
pin center, performance ball, center of gravity: Jen, Can you alter the attached picture to show me where the pin, Center of Gravity (CG) and Mass Bias locator pin on your Cell are? The manipulation of those three things are the layout . You ve opted for a high performance ball. Why? What do you average?...

Bowling: Early Roll and how to throw it, longest time, newbie
longest time, newbie, balls: Francis, Early roll is needed on oily lanes or for harder throwers. If the lane condition you are bowling on causes the ball to hook too much or too early, put it away and use something different. It is like you are trying to putt with a driver. If the...

Bowling: Follow-up on 4/26/09 question/answer, axis tilt, internet diagrams
axis tilt, internet diagrams, best guess: Jerry, Get the grips changed immediately. You should change them about ever 60-75 games. A blocked lane with dry boards right might cause your ball to burn off some energy in the path to the pocket. Unfortunately, a block works best for the worst player,...

Bowling: lane conditions..., bowling centers, arrow
Bowling: lane conditions..., bowling centers, arrow, good luck

Bowling: want to know, bad habits, visuals
Bowling: want to know, bad habits, visuals, game

Bowling: full roller, synthetic lanes, ball speed
synthetic lanes, ball speed, heavy oil: Dawn, Picking a specific ball requires more information. Your rev rate and ball speed will help. Length of lane condition? Is your ball dull or shiny? 14 lb Storm what? How long does the ball skid now? A full roller player can benefit from an asymmetrical...

Bowling: lane conditions..., league session, league bowling
league session, league bowling, target: Christy, Have the pro shop put a mild surface on the ball (4000 Abralon pad) the slightly duller surface will help bleed off some energy and allow the ball to hook a little less. If 4000 isn t enough try 2000. Less energy means earlier hook, but not as...

Bowling: league promotions, Bowling League promotion
Bowling League promotion: Mark, Are you a Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) member center? They have a promotion handbook (with a league promotion I created, one of 150). Send contact info (to: revbowl@gmail.com) on where you are and how to reach you. I have a center...

Bowling: maximize power for lighter ball, bicep tendon, pound ball
bicep tendon, pound ball, ebonite: George, The dynamics in a 14 pound ball is very similar to 15 s or 16 s. The concern for you should be not changing your delivery. Often when dropping down in weight, a player will start turning the ball more and/or throwing it harder. Assuming your...

Bowling: New Ball and Layout, two handed bowler
two handed bowler: Johnny, Your delivery allows great options in axis tilt and axis rotation, to help control the lanes. You haven t gotten to that point in your skill set yet. Getting some coaching, so you can change how your release the ball, will help more than just buying...

Bowling: new ball drilling, bowling balls, balance requirements
bowling balls, balance requirements, gravity: Mark, The balance requirements for bowling balls occasionally require a weight hole to augment ball reaction or satisfy USBC limitations. It is not unusual. How does the ball work? It sounds like you bought a lot of ball. What do you average? and...

Bowling: US Open, honest reply, top amateurs
honest reply, top amateurs, sport leagues: John, Look to your local centers. Ask about special conditions they can put out. USBC National Championships tournament conditions are downloadable from USBC for some lane machines. PBA Tournament shots are also available from the Kegal Company (a lane...

Bowling: Slump (cont), wes malott, open bowling
wes malott, open bowling, free swing: Art, Late timing can be traced to heavier equipment. How much slower do you feel you are throwing the ball? Placing the ball into the swing from a slightly lower setup, will lower the backswing a little and maybe get things back in time. Good luck...

Bowling: Slump, joe slowinski, thumb hole
joe slowinski, thumb hole, sound grip: Art, What do you mean struggle where to put your first step? After setup, your first step is straight down the lane/approach. A lot of bowlers drift into their intended target line because of errant setup or balance issues. I ve attached a fit sheet...

Bowling: Thumb problems, thumb hole, continual problems
thumb hole, continual problems, hole sizes: Maggie, The elements of fit include the span, the pitches and the hole sizes. Your thumb (double jointed, and very flexible) allows for a longer span than a stiffer player. So, I d think that the span and pitches don t allow for the ball to just hang...

Bowling: Weight of ball, pound ball, grip pressure
pound ball, grip pressure, hole sizes: Dan, Yes. Typically. The ball should hang comfortably from your hand with no grip pressure necessary to control it. The keys to ball fit are spans (hand flat on the ball - not stretched), pitches (angles of the holes) and hole sizes. Most often house...

Bowling: Wooden Lanes, synthetic lanes, kim wood
synthetic lanes, kim wood, wood surface: Kim, Wood typically is a rougher surface so it hooks more (earlier). Synthetic hooks later, and smooth surface balls gain lots of friction on the smooth surface of the lane. Layouts that provide earlier reaction may not hit very well on wood. Surface on...

Bowling: want to know, axis tilt, axis point
axis tilt, axis point, axis rotation: Wadud, When throwing the ball with the two handed style, do you utilize your lead hand (not the hand with fingers in the ball) to change how the ball rolls? Using the lead hand you can alter the angle of rotation and tilt to control how and where the ball...

Bowling: Average is steady, thumb hole, tour reps
thumb hole, tour reps, muscle memory: Jake, Sounds like the ball still doesn t fit well. What do you weight? More than 130? If so, weight is probably OK. If you re lighter, the weight may be a little too much. Both coach and dad are offering good advice for a newer bowler. Work on the suggestions,...

Bowling: Ball Drilling, age kids, good luck
age kids, good luck, hook: Don, I ve got a 26 year old that out hooks me with a conventional grip. My other boys switched in high school. Their sister is very accurate with a conventional grip, plastic ball. I ve always felt that a performance grip puts a lot of pressure on the...

Bowling: Bowling, foul line, target
foul line, target, momentum: Cody, Can t say what might be happening without seeing you bowl. But, if you struggle getting the ball right, you might have developed fast feet . A quicker approach will cause you to get to the foul line a little late and need to pull the ball through...

Bowling: Bowling Question, corvette performance, hammer black widow
corvette performance, hammer black widow, hammer black widow pearl: Rose, I agree. Not knowing how to drive doesn t change when you buy a Corvette. Performance equipment will often complicate and compound your problems. You may have a fit issue. Your shoulder issue shouldn t have your arm hurt, unless you are using muscles...

Bowling: Bowling Release..., wayne webb, cranker
wayne webb, cranker, gutter: Tim, Feel the ball off your fingers. Some lift from your fingers as they close to your palm, will help with the feel you re looking for. Practice just the release into a couch or something. Then take it on the lanes. Bowlers working on improvements lose focus...

Bowling: ball speed and angle, bumper bowling, bowling lane
bumper bowling, bowling lane, bowling centers: Paul, Consistency is the key to scoring well from any angle. Most Typical House Shots (THS) feature more friction out (less oil the closer you get to the gutter on each side of the lane). If there is more friction a ball wants to start hooking quicker....

Bowling: bowling, axis tilt, axis rotation
axis tilt, axis rotation, oil patterns: Eva, If only it was that easy. Balls must match up to you (your speed, rev rate, axis rotation and axis tilt) and how you interact with the lane. If lane is oily where you aim, you might move a little to see if you get a better reaction. But a ball...

Bowling: bowling handicapping, american bowling congress, bowling league
american bowling congress, bowling league, bowlers: Jan, Handicapping a bowling league or tournament starts with choosing a basis. If the very best bowler participating is 200, 220, 230, use a basis score higher than that player. Let s suppose your best player is 200 average. Use a 210 basis (because the...

Bowling: bowling sponsors, billy oatman, tim mack
billy oatman, tim mack, bowling season: Anthony, Sorry, success on the lanes, on a Typical House Shot (THS), isn t a big accomplishment. If you have some natural talent, some athletic ability and a knack to to play the lanes (where everybody does) around 2nd arrow, you will average 200+. ...

Bowling: buying a new ball, What Ball Should I Buy?
What Ball Should I Buy?: Casey, If you buy a pearl that doesn t work well (like the Vibe), why would you want it to last longer? so you can be unhappy with it for years? You HAVE a pearl ball? Balls don t last longer because their dull or shiny. A dull ball might need a little...

Bowling: buying a new ball, bowling balls, axis rotation
bowling balls, axis rotation, lane surface: Hi, James, Not knowing your rev rate, axis rotation, lane surface and age, style of bowling, and competitive level, this question is really impossible to answer with any surety it will be the right for you. Bowling balls are a serious expenditure and you...

Bowling: Changes to my Bowling, reactive resin ball, pound ball
reactive resin ball, pound ball, performance ball: Dan, Fit will help, but a 15 probably will work fine. Resin provides some tackiness and friction, it does help with the explosiveness, but you need to create the reaction with your delivery. Grips can make the feel more comfortable, but the potential...

Bowling: choice of ball, consistent results, bowlers
consistent results, bowlers, urethane: Anna, I m a big fan of new bowlers starting out with a very basic plastic ball. The most crucial thing is ball fit. If the ball fits properly, it just hangs in your hand and allows a much less physical/muscled delivery and makes the sport much easier. ...

Bowling: Full Roller, thumb hole, finger and thumb
thumb hole, finger and thumb, clock position: Bill, Your wrist may be collapsing and rotating allowing the ball to come off your hand and roll between fingers and thumb holes. Be aware of the hand position immediately after release. What the hand is doing is an indicator of what s going on. Keeping...

Bowling: Hammer Black Widow mass block, hammer black widow, grit sandpaper
hammer black widow, grit sandpaper, axis line: James, All the Mass Bias (MB) markings on the Widow series are the same. The Mass Bias should be 6 3/4 inches from the pin. If that distance puts the MB in or around the thumb hole, it may have been drilled out. Your speed (and your ball speed is fast)...

Bowling: Jaguar bowling ball, bowling ball, ebonite
bowling ball, ebonite, jaguar: Nathan, The Jaguar is an older Ebonite ball, should match up to a bit more than an entry level ball. Shiny and smooth, it will skid quite a bit, but the core allows for as much as you ve got, in terms of rev rate and rotation. The more hand you have,...

Bowling: rolling over thumb, thumb hole, striking motion
thumb hole, striking motion, clock position: Steve, Is her other stuff rolling through the grip (full roller)? How does the ball roll? Is she knocking pins down? Would she want to change her delivery? The core in a 13# ball isn t doing much for her. If the ball is working OK leave it alone. If...

Bowling: Span for Pinkie hole, loose thumb, thumb hole
loose thumb, thumb hole, finger holes: Roger, Ball fit is a combo of span, pitches and hole sizes (Is your hand flat on the ball?). The size of the holes and their angles will help the ball hold onto you (and let go of you at the proper time). Not knowing why you added the pinkie holes, if...

Bowling: STORM VIRTUAL GRAVITY, axis point, center of gravity
axis point, center of gravity, ring finger: Joseph, After two attempts to answer you, where my silly Vista OS crashed and I lost my response, I m trying again. The first 4 in the layout term 4X4 refers to placing the pin of the ball 4 inches from your expected Positive Axis Point (PAP). The second...

Bowling: Staying focused, loose sight, info thanks
loose sight, info thanks, target: Cheryl, Your head may be bouncing in your approach? Can t surmise what could be happening without seeing you bowl. Sorry. Why do you think you close your eyes? You should watch the ball roll across your target. You may be anxious to see the ball hit the...

Bowling: sarge easter bowling grip, axis rotation, sarge
axis rotation, sarge, middle finger: David, The object of the Sarge Easter is to cut down on the side turn or axis rotation. You roll the ball more forward. The pitches should reflect normal pitches for each finger (what pitch for the middle and thumb) will allow the ball to let go of you?...

Bowling: Thumb and finger pitch for me, thumb hole, fingers grip
thumb hole, fingers grip, graphic thanks: Tim, It doesn t work that way. Your flexibility, length of digits, texture and moistness (or lack of), etc. all play a part in what might work best. How long have you been bowling? How old are you? How long are your fingers? Are your fingers and thumb...

Bowling: Wrister adjustment Support, axis tilt, vertical axis
axis tilt, vertical axis, roll thanks: Francis, Your delivery dictates what the brace causes your hand/arm to do. You need to roll a couple shots and get the feel for what the lane is doing, then experiment with the brace. Lane conditions, ball speed, rev rate, tilt and rotation all come...

Bowling: wrister adjustment, axis tilt, axis rotation
axis tilt, axis rotation, head pin: Archie, You ve added a wrist device to help give your game some structure and repeatability. Unfortunately, without seeing you bowl, I don t have the remotest idea what you do and therefor no idea what the device might offer. Your ball, the lane condition,...

Bowling: most agressive hooking ball, bowling balls, bowling centers
bowling balls, bowling centers, spring and summer: Jason, Sometimes drier lanes will burn energy out of a shot/ball and it hooks less. Many bowling centers don t condition the lanes as often, as heavily, in the spring and summer. Check with your center and see if the lanes are causing the reaction you...

Bowling: BALL GRIP, chris barnes, hand details
chris barnes, hand details, hole sizes: Jim, Ball fit is a very individual thing, involving your flexibility, hand/finger size, moistness, thumb web, etc. The ball should let go of you. So, gripping should not be necessary. What is causing you to feel you need to grip? Hole sizes? Span...

Bowling: Beginner with a Back Spin, bowling technique, o clock
bowling technique, o clock, two fingers: Marilyn, Pressure in your hand using the former ball position doesn t sound right. Check with your ball driller about the pain caused by the fit and have them suggest adjustments. Urge them to fix the ball (at no charge), if you feel comfortable with their...

Bowling: Bowling for a curve, power groove, center arrow
power groove, center arrow, axis rotation: Henry, (i m getting to the side of the ball too quickly) Your hand is rotating around the ball at release. Try to hold the ball with your palm behind it at release. If you see the top of your hand after release, you are over rotating. You are on the...

Bowling: Bowling Operations and Pro Shop, Opening a bowling center
Opening a bowling center: Laura, I volunteer on AllExperts to help people better understand the sport of bowling. Consulting on a for profit business is a different matter and different division of my company. Please e-mail me at: revbowl@revbowl.com and we can arrange a call....

Bowling: Brunswick Phantom ball layout, dennis hruby, radius of gyration
dennis hruby, radius of gyration, blast zone: Dennis, What did the old Phantom do for you? If I remember correctly the recent Blast Zone had a similar core to the Phantom. I used to drill them across the label, eliminating the influence of the ring on the core, which can really influence the roll....

Bowling: bowling, denver broncos, bowling ball
denver broncos, bowling ball, hand position: Ben, Easier to do in person, but lets try. As you hold the bowling ball, most bowlers start with the palm up and the ball rolling off the fingers, end over end, and straight. Hold the ball with the thumb up, palm facing in toward your body (not sure...

Bowling: bowling, thumb hole, recertification procedures
thumb hole, recertification procedures, true scientist: I must say your question concerns me greatly. A qualified Pro Shop Professional must be an artist to fit the hand and a great business person to maintain inventory AND serve the customer in this economic environment. In addition, they must be really exceptional...

Bowling: bowling handicaps, bowling handicaps, weeks scores
bowling handicaps, weeks scores, handicap: Tina, Every time you bowl, the results get tallied, which changes your totals, and if it changes your average, it changes your handicap. So, after each session (each week, every other, once a month, depending on the schedule of your league), it sounds like...

Bowling: cleaning a bowling ball, lustre king, bowling store
lustre king, bowling store, columbia 300: Karen, Your ball is a shiney plastic (polyester). Keeping it clean and polished will provide you like new performance and protection. Just cleaning the ball will remove the protective polish. Powerhouse Factory Finish is the cleaner/polish your White Dot...

Bowling: Dry Lane/Spare Ball, steve jaros, power groove
steve jaros, power groove, reactive resin: James, Similar, but differences may cause the ball be too violent to be an effective spare ball. Do you golf? Do you have three clubs? If the spare ball is your first priority, get the Groove. If you want another ball, buy it and if it s too much...

Bowling: Finger Inserts, bowling balls, bowling equipment
bowling balls, bowling equipment, finger inserts: Don, Each case is different, but generally when providing a performance ball to a child, I like the child to have some control of what is about to happen. If your son is moving up from a more basic ball and rolls the old one OK, I d put very little help into...

Bowling: Fingertip Grip/Thumb getting stuck, thumb hole, ball at home
thumb hole, ball at home, thumb nail: Dacus, Give yourself some time to unlearn the muscle memory that caused you to grip your bowling ball too much. The swelling is from the bent thumb rubbing on the sides of the thumb hole. You were used to grabbing the ball and releasing it late. The ball...

Bowling: most agressive hooking ball, pba member, good luck
Bowling: most agressive hooking ball, pba member, good luck, hook

Bowling: Brunswick Phantom ball layout, b 2 bomber, silhouette
Bowling: Brunswick Phantom ball layout, b 2 bomber, silhouette, serial number

Bowling: oil conditions/type of ball to use, hook ball, plastic hooks
Bowling: oil conditions/type of ball to use, hook ball, plastic hooks, gutterball

Bowling: Used Pro Shop Equipment for sale, proshop, email
Bowling: Used Pro Shop Equipment for sale, proshop, email, contact number

Bowling: gravity shift, axis point, pin location
axis point, pin location, center of gravity: Dennis, Have the driller put the pin 3 and 3/8ths inches from your Positive Axis Point (PAP), with a 1 inch pin buffer. The driller should know what to do with the mass bias, center of gravity, and where to put a potential weight hole. What is the pin...

Bowling: hooking late, too hard, first arrow, two very different things
first arrow, two very different things, pin action: There are many reasons the ball might make such a dramatic move down lane: not enough speed, the lanes are dry in the heads and midlane, the coverstock on the ball is too aggressive, you are playing the wrong part of the lane, your hand at release is in too...

Bowling: Should I go to a lighter ball?, natural swing, swing plane
natural swing, swing plane, medical reason: A fingertip grip gives you much more power and control. House balls make everybody equally bad so it s good you gave that up. If the ball fits your hand (it was drilled by a certified IBPSIA technician), it will feel like it weighs about 10% of its dead weight....

Bowling: MiissMyRedWolf,trying to find a "twin", otr truck driver, guppy troup
otr truck driver, guppy troup, rt shoulder: David, The Red Wolf was a high flare, fairly center heavy ball, with a sanded cover. I d eliminate the Pearls because of your speed. Leaving the Magic, Sauce, Mega Friction and Break Point. The Magic, Sauce and Break Point all are finished very smooth...

Bowling: Number of Balls, sweet roll, inertia
sweet roll, inertia, uprising: Paul, The Rising SE is Track s newest ball (with the next round around the corner). Who said they are getting old? A ball works until it doesn t, then you can rejuvenate it in a couple ways. I believe you don t fix something that s not broke. ...

Bowling: oil conditions/type of ball to use, plastic balls, finesse
plastic balls, finesse, ditch: If you watch bowling on TV, you know that the pros roll plastic balls at all spares. Whether or not their family gets to eat depends on how many pins they knock down. Therefore, it would follow that they would do whatever it took to make sure they get the...

Bowling: PBA Bowling, step ladder, tournament organizer
step ladder, tournament organizer, stepladder: It depends on the tournament. For example, if squads of a tournament started at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm, the tournament organizer could oil the lanes between every squad or between every other squad. It would be quite rare to have the lanes oiled only before...

Bowling: Pesky corner pins. Finger issues., corner pins, first arrow
corner pins, first arrow, thumb hole: Richard, If you hold your left hand out flat, palm up, imagine the tip of your middle finger is 12:00, and your wrist is 6:00, picturing a clock face flat on your palm, the thumb is on the 9:00 side of the clock face. When you put a ball in your hand,...

Bowling: Question about ball fit, norm duke, wiggle room
norm duke, wiggle room, thumb hole: Ray, Most people need a hole snug enough so they don t feel the need to squeeze. A properly fit ball usually allows a player some wiggle room, if the hole is slightly loose (pitches and spans help control where the ball rolls off). Not knowing anything...

Bowling: Regulated temperature of center, Warm bowling center
Warm bowling center: Charles, I feel your sweat. I always tried to keep the centers I ran at 70 degrees in the spring and summer. It s much easier to do in the fall and winter and often it was a cooler, the body heat (from a full house) raised the temp. Same thing happens...

Bowling: revs, forearm strength, hand position
forearm strength, hand position, proper sequence: It takes a lot of work, forearm strength, proper torso tilt, soft hands, and a whole bunch of other stuff to increase your rev rate. It s not just a change in your hand position. Buying another ball is not the answer. The easiest way to get what you want is...

Bowling: Tournament winnings, tournament organizer, linage
tournament organizer, linage, prize money: It would be quite rare for a tournament to only pay for first place and it would be widely advertised that this was a winner-take-all event. How many places the tournament pays depends on what the tournament organizer has planned. Somewhere in the rules...

Bowling: Used Pro Shop Equipment for sale, e mail address, carbide bits
e mail address, carbide bits, jet mill: Bob, I ll see if you can post the info on the ibpsia.com website? Where are you? Any idea what you want for the various things? respond with an e-mail address and I ll see if the whole world is not at BowlExpo, starts Sunday. I ll see what I can do...

Bowling: Why wont my ball hook?, axis tilt, axis rotation
axis tilt, axis rotation, head pin: James, I need to know more about how you roll the ball and how it s drilled. What did you average before? What ball did you use? Do you throw the ball fast? Ideally, if you could tell me your axis tilt, axis rotation, rev rate and ball speed, I could get...

Bowling: wrist lock, mongoose lifter, pound hammer
mongoose lifter, pound hammer, shop operator: The easiest way is to get a Mongoose Lifter from your Pro Shop Operator. This is a brace that does not have a strap across the palm and therefore will not change your span. Be sure you get the Lifter and not any other kind. Changing your span with a brace...

Bowling: X-Out bowling ball, bowling ball, internet purchases
bowling ball, internet purchases, e bay: It depends on how close together the CG and pin are. There are relationships between the two that can limit what the ball driller is able to do. Take the ball to an IBPSIA Pro Shop and see what they can do for you. Buying balls on the internet can be risky....

Bowling: Backswing Issues, armswing
armswing: Lynn, Your swing is controlled by your footwork base. You can push the ball anywhere, if you walk in front of your swing, or away from it, the swing plane/path gets altered. I have to assume you re right handed. Without seeing your footwork (amount of drift),...

Bowling: Ball Drilling, thumb hole, proprietary intellectual property
thumb hole, proprietary intellectual property, earliest convenience: Rich, To measure the grip of an existing ball, you need a span ruler and pitch gauges. There are a bunch of equipment choices. The cost and precision of the equipment varies greatly. Sensitivity to the exactness of your fit also varies. It s best to...

Bowling: Bowling advice. Throwing off my back leg. No slide at all. Drift sometimes. Can't square up., bowling better, bowling skills
bowling better, bowling skills: Knock, With no bowling experience, why did your ball driller, drill you a high performance bowling ball? kind of like giving a 15 year old a Maserati to learn to drive??? Get a basic ball. You are trying to control the performance ball you own, but are...

Bowling: Bowling Terminology, left handers, brooklyn
left handers, brooklyn, manhattan: Chuck, Not sure, but I ve heard the term Brooklyn strike refers to shots that cross over the 1-3 pocket for right-handers and 1-2 for left-handers and produces a strike. It originated in New York where people would cross over to Brooklyn from Manhattan....

Bowling: ball drilling, two balls, pin placement
two balls, pin placement, ball speed: Chris, Sounds like your track is a full roller. Changing what you own is easy. Have your driller layout the ball for a full roller track but with the idea that the pin is farther from your grip center if you want more length from the ball, closer to the center...

Bowling: bowling, morrow ohio, black widow
morrow ohio, black widow, revs: Chip, What did you clean it with? Have you had it sanded at any point? Was the ball cleaned with a cleaner/polish? The polish step is very important because it helps the ball conserve energy on the backend of the lane. Changing the surface allows for...

Bowling: I Have A Columbia 300 Yellow Dot Ball, yellow dots, columbia 300
yellow dots, columbia 300, yellow dot: Yellow Dots were from the 1960 s or so. Still today, it would be a great dry lanes/spare ball if it were drilled to fit your hand. Take the ball to a pro shop and ask them to measure its gross weight. That s the best way to find out exactly how much it weighs...

Bowling: cleaning and target aiming, ball cleaning, target the dots
ball cleaning, target the dots: Welcome back Efrain, Hot water will help remove oil. NOTHING else is necessary. Your ball will not absorb enough oil in one outing to be a problem. Hot water 20 minutes, pour off the oily water and repeat when you need to remove oil. Ebonite has a cleaning...

Bowling: drilling and fitting, bad ball fit
bad ball fit: Nate, The ball should let go of you. Are you interested in ball drilling or ball fitting? Why do you spend money with a store that you don t get satisfaction from? Point out that I don t know is not an option. The Pro Shop and Instructors trade...

Bowling: drilling question, new ball, what balls for me
new ball, what balls for me: Chris, How is your Gyro drilled? It is a three piece ball (Ebonite did a couple different versions over the years). What would you like your new ball to do? skid further? hook harder? more? hook earlier? are the lanes oily? dry? medium? Rev rate alone...

Bowling: I Have A Columbia 300 Yellow Dot Ball, yellow dots, michael gallagher
Bowling: I Have A Columbia 300 Yellow Dot Ball, yellow dots, michael gallagher, bowling ball

Bowling: rev answers, hook bowling, revs
Bowling: rev answers, hook bowling, revs

Bowling: swollen fingers, junior gold, first game
Bowling: swollen fingers, junior gold, first game, fingers

Bowling: fingertip layout, finger tip length
finger tip length: Pete, Different bowlers have different grips. Flexibility, length of the fingers, clamminess, etc. all play a part in how a grip feels and performs (or how the grip looks). The spans create more ease of swing and delivery. There is no magic grip, just the...

Bowling: Grip Center Line To PAP, axis line, axis point
axis line, axis point, vertical axis: John, From grip center, your PAP co-ordinates are 4 7/8 right on a perpendicular line from your gripline? Then up 2 inches (on the Vertical Axis Line or VAL) on a perpendicular line to the midline (the first line drawn from your grip line, grip line and VAL...

Bowling: hook rotation, renny, lefties
renny, lefties, lefty: Renny, Without seeing you bowl, I have no idea what you may be doing. But, I suggest you keep your elbow in under your shoulder, holding the ball in front of your shoulder (will help control your swing). The Fury pearl is very smooth and shiny, with some...

Bowling: Having Inflammation Issues, shop technician, new fit
shop technician, new fit, well house: Since your hand is not the same as it was 20 years ago, getting a new fit is imperative. In fact, you should have your fit checked a minimum of yearly to avoid the very issue you have. The damage has been done. However, a qualified Pro Shop Technician can...

Bowling: Locating The CG, international bowling pro shop, bowling pro shop
international bowling pro shop, bowling pro shop, answerers: John, Without a scale you can t. Where did you get the Siege? How can you assume it s a pin out ball? It could be a pin in, or pin/cg ball. It could be a pro cg ball with the cg 6 inches from where you expect? This is an absolutely basic question....

Bowling: Middle finger pain, finger holes, finger pain
finger holes, finger pain, finger hole: Depends on how long your span is. That s quite a bit of forward pitch in your thumb. That can be really good since it will force you to relax or else you can t clear the ball. However, if you have a long span that might not be so good. As for pitching your...

Bowling: PAP, finger holes, professional check
finger holes, professional check, mid line: Harry, You are part of the fastest growing HS sport in the country, congratulations and thank you. I m happy to help. Sounds like the pin in your VERY basic (three piece, urethane) Angle is middle of your grip to help control how much and when it might...

Bowling: PITCH IN BOWLING BALL, bowling balls, shop operator
bowling balls, shop operator, bowling ball: Pitches in the thumb and fingers are based on the flexibility of your hand and fingers and your span. Two different drillings are not appropriate. All of your bowling balls should fit you the same. In fact, your coach should be able to hand you a ball...

Bowling: Pin placement and ball revs, Buzzsaw, Ti-Messenger
Buzzsaw, Ti-Messenger, rev rate: GW, Pin placements help match core influence to what a bowler wants their ball to do. The core position can help with flare potential. Positioning the pin to accentuate the flare of a ball, will strength the core influence. (The pin identifies the top...

Bowling: Plug&Re-Drill., thumb hole, stupid mistake
thumb hole, stupid mistake, redwolf: David, It sounds like you slide very stiff legged (causing the heel to stop you too soon). Can you try to work a little knee bend into your set-up, approach and slide? Let the ball swing naturally (from gravity) rather than accelerating it at any point...

Bowling: Problems with new ball or me?, thumb hole, spinal fusion
thumb hole, spinal fusion, sport league: Eric, What direction was the lateral? Under palm or away from palm? Does either finger feel like the finger nail is pressing back against the finger hole? What is the reverse pitch in the thumb and how long are your spans? Don t give up any ball speed....

Bowling: Purchasing the right ball, pin action, shop operator
pin action, shop operator, pin placement: There are a few things you need to do before purchasing a new ball. How much do you weigh? Are you very athletic? Do you have any injuries? A 13 lb ball has less hitting power than a 14 lb ball and is not used by people who want to score well. As an adult,...

Bowling: pin placement, axis point, wild thing
axis point, wild thing, pin placement: Jon, Your driller will have to set up the details, without rev rate, ball speed and some other details it hard to layout a ball just guessing. The double thumb should allow for tons of flare so swinging the ball should be required, but a player with fewer...

Bowling: pin position, pin positions, cg
pin positions, cg, pin in: Ian, When you look at a ball, the surface identifiers are there to help you position the core in an advantageous way for it s owner. The basic identifying marks on a ball are Center of Gravity (CG) and pin (locates the top of the ball s weightblock) and Mass...

Bowling: removing lane conditioner oil, bowling ball, oil residue
bowling ball, oil residue, ebonite: Kirk, Heat or chemicals. Only Brunswick recommends heat, the other manufacturers point out that the heating of the cover of a bowling ball when not done exactly right could cause the cover and core to separate. If you check the Ebonite website (http://ebonite.com/images/uploads/resources/ball_maintenance_info.pdf/),...

Bowling: rev answers, reactive ball, straight ball
reactive ball, straight ball, foul line: Brian, The fix for gripping is a better fitting ball. Have a ball driller evaluate your grip. If the ball doesn t just hang in your hand, you need to control it (subconsciously you re afraid of dropping it). Using the one step drill, work on keeping the...

Bowling: sliding/hip pain, body muscles, forward momentum
body muscles, forward momentum, own shoes: Wendy, Do you have your own shoes? That helps with consistency. Universal soles will limit how much power you developed in the slide. If your forward momentum is abruptly stopped, you would typically feel it in your knee, or thigh, not hip/side. But you...

Bowling: do you still have this, milling drill, bowling pro shop equipment
milling drill, bowling pro shop equipment, bowling pro shop: George, ********$3200 Package deal********* 1. Jet JMD 18 Milling/Drill with Stand and Keyless Chuck 2. Ultimate Heavy Duty Ball Jig 3. 40 Bit Drill Set 1/2-1 1/4 4. 1 ea. Plug Cutter Bit 5. Ball Spinner 3/4 HP 6. Kaufman DODO Scale 7. Bevel...

Bowling: swollen fingers, swollen fingers, elbow problems
swollen fingers, elbow problems, finger holes: There is almost nothing your cousin can do at this late date. The swelling, if caused by bowling, is usually because of a bad fit. That needs to be fixed right away to prevent any permanent damage to his fingers or elbow. Make sure the inserts are not...

Bowling: Tendentious In Finger - Drilling Layout?, finger pain, tendonitis
finger pain, tendonitis: Jason, I am not a doctor, but for years I ve come across injuries like you ve mentioned. You can alleviate some strain with a pitch change for the finger, a lighter ball, roll without a finger grip, or just take time off. Getting a doctor s recommendation,...

Bowling: thumb problem, blood blister, thumb hole
blood blister, thumb hole, thumb tip: Al, Reverse pitch is a description of one of the angles that your thumb can be drilled. Picture the center of your bowling ball, below the center of gravity. That point is the reference point for all the angles of your finger or thumb holes. If the hole...

Bowling: top weight/pin placement, second, defect
second, defect: Rich, Why buy on the net? It sounds like you don t know much about the product? Why buy blind? Top weight and pin placements vary with almost every ball, but a CG (center of gravity) swung one way or the other (from the line between pin and mass bias)...

Bowling: want to know, major pin, center of gravity
major pin, center of gravity, cg: Wadud, Position of the major pin (top of the weightblock) determines how much flare you will get out of a ball. CG is an identifier of the heaviest point on the ball, a sign of imbalance potential, and potential to use a weighthole. MB is the secondary locator...

Bowling: Arm Brace, wrist position, arm brace
wrist position, arm brace, curve: It should help you create a better wrist position and a much more consistent wrist position. In order to creat more or better ball reaction, you will have to make sure your hand rotates in a clockwise direction during your release. Try keeping your thumb...

Bowling: Arm braces, arm devices, grip pressure
arm devices, grip pressure, shop operator: John, Wrist and arm devices are targeted at specific issues with the wrist or helping create rotation. If you cross over your chest , it sounds like your releasing late and may have a fit issue. A wrist device won t help. Talk to your driller/shop operator...

Bowling: Balance Hole, bowling ball, ibpsia
bowling ball, ibpsia, holes: Mike, A regulation was submitted eliminating weight holes a few years ago. The suggestion was addressed and withdrawn. The Pro Shop Association (IBPSIA) and manufacturers presented data that debunked the reasoning behind the rule submission. There are...

Bowling: Ball Upgrade, ball answer, yellow dot
ball answer, yellow dot, violent change: Tony, A skid flip ball reaction is the most violent change of direction (a hockey stick kind of shape). The arc reaction skids to just past the midpoint of the lane then starts rolling in an arc towards the pins. The banana ball is a long arc where the ball...

Bowling: Bowling, bowling shops, thumb hole
bowling shops, thumb hole, bowling ball: If the span is correct for you, they will just use larger drill bits and drill the holes bigger. If the span needs to be changed, they can drill the fingers bigger and plug the thumb. They can then redrill the thumb hole the correct size and in the correct...

Bowling: Bowling, bowling ball, drill bit
bowling ball, drill bit, redone: A plugged ball is a ball that the original holes have been filled in. You can then redrill the plugged ball to the new uses specifications. If the holes are too small, but the span is correct, the holes can be drilled out using a larger drill bit. Not a...

Bowling: Bowling Ball, international bowling pro shop, hammer black widow
international bowling pro shop, hammer black widow, lane surface: Hi, Ron! A ball that is still hooking after one year is quite a ball. Most modern balls have a life of about 8 - 10 months if you bowl one league a week and clean them and take great care of them. To get to your question, not knowing your bowling style...

Bowling: Bowling Ball, hammer black widow, reccomendation
hammer black widow, reccomendation, core design: Even though the numbers between the Swarm and the Venom are different, on the lane they wont appear much different. From how you describe your reaction, the slight difference may not help you much. The reason I say this is that the reactive balls will read...

Bowling: Bowling Ball, hammer black widow, reccomendation
hammer black widow, reccomendation, foul line: Ron, First change the surface of the ball from the very shiny out of box (4000) to something that will burn energy off (1000) before the big move down the lane. That should help some. A different layout will also get the ball to roll much milder also. If...

Bowling: Bowling. New to the game so I dont know much!, bowling pro shops, old brunswick
bowling pro shops, old brunswick, spare balls: Welcome to bowling, Jason! It s great fun and very therapeutic. You get to knock stuff down and nobody makes you pick it up! To answer your question, yes and no. The no part is that a ball like the one your describe is too old to be effective. No one can...

Bowling: balance hole, layout choice, bowling ball
layout choice, bowling ball, size hole: If a current ball is in need of correction, the extra hole has to be placed in the area of the problem. As an example, if there is too much right side weight, the hole would have to be place on the right side of the ball. This is pretty much the same formula...

Bowling: bowling, bowling balls, life span
bowling balls, life span, linage: Unfortunately, bowling balls die. Sounds weird, I know. The truth of that matter, though, is that the plasticizers and chemicals used to create the coverstock go away . You ll often hear people say that their ball just doesn t hit like it used to. It sure...

Bowling: bowling adverage 3 or 4 years ago omaha nebraska, bowling congress, old bowling
bowling congress, old bowling, bowling average: Your best bet for retrieving the data you want is from the secretary of the league in which you bowled. It s possible the center might have a copy of the league records. It s pretty common that centers don t maintain records but it s worth a shot. It is very...

Bowling: breaking in new bowling shoes, bowling shoes, cigarette ashes
bowling shoes, cigarette ashes, static electricity: New bowling shoes can be way fun to break in as you have evidently noticed! Hopefully, your new shoes are REAL bowling shoes and have a sliding sole on one foot and rubber on the other. I m not sure that AMF makes a high performance shoe like this. I m...

Bowling: Cracked bowling balls, bowling techniques, bowling balls
bowling techniques, bowling balls, finger holes: If the ball is a 6 pound ball, the repair would not last long enough to make the cost worthwhile, but it should be able to be fixed. The other option is to just use the ball as is for as long as possible. The minimum weight for a ball I would purchase would...

Bowling: Drilling, layouts, ball drilling
layouts, ball drilling, Virtual Energy: Tony, Your PAP is your PAP (generally). You roll the ball the same (assuming you are somewhat consistent), so the axis should be the same on any ball, but the layout/weightblock might influence the ultimate PAP in any particular ball. I ve found the VERY...

Bowling: Drilling, international bowling pro shop, bowling balls
international bowling pro shop, bowling balls, bowling pro shop: Ron, Check out David Williams - Active Strike Zone Coaching in Tucson or James E. Tantlinger, Desert Sun Bowlers Shop in Tucson. Both are certified IBPSIA (International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association) technicians. You can contact them through...

Bowling: Drilling for a full roller, thumb hole, pin placement
thumb hole, pin placement, cranker: Are you getting the ball drilled by the web site as well? If so, placing the pin at 7:30 or 8:00 would be fine. That is the best for bowlers with the full roller track. If they are not drilling the ball, they may be just asking for the pin placement in...

Bowling: Back Again - Dude with Tendon Issues, ring finger, middle finger
ring finger, middle finger, sarge: Jason, The option of shortening the middle finger, like a Sarge Easter shortens the ring would put alot of pressure on the ring finger. you could switch to a conventional drill till the finger heals. The switch would be awkward. You want to ease the discomfort...

Bowling: dealing w/ arthritis, pitches, razor
pitches, razor, arthritis: If you are having difficulty holding the ball or pain, the ball can be re-fit to help with this. Pitches can be changed and if needed, the span can be changes. In certain cases, an extra hole for a third finger may help. Your ball driller should be able...

Bowling: delivery problem, arm pit, delivery problem
arm pit, delivery problem, foul line: Doug, The symptom you explained (pulling the ball) is occasionally caused by: a bad fit (is the ball feeling looser, tighter lately?), fast feet (you are ahead of the swing and pulling the ball at the foul line), or you may have developed a swing that s not...

Bowling: drilling, Tucson ball driller
Tucson ball driller: Ron, Thanks for the lack of help what do you expect? My magic wand is broken. I am sorry that the best ball drillers on the planet DON T live in Tucson. If you have a problem, hold the driller accountable and have them change stuff till it s fixed....

Bowling: Finger Injury, thumb hole, finger hole
thumb hole, finger hole, finger injury: As humans, we change - and we do so frequently. You should have your fit checked at least yearly. To have gone 10 years without a Pro Shop Professional checking to be sure the ball still fits your hand is certainly asking for trouble. You didn t say how often...

Bowling: Fragrance, bowling balls, storm bowling
bowling balls, storm bowling, bowling ball: Tony, One ball line, Storm Bowling, adds fragrance to their bowling balls. It has set them apart from the others. The fragrance does NOT effect the balls reaction or potential in any way (that I m aware of). It s just a marketing feature that makes them different...

Bowling: Hooking the ball, mortar shops, brick and mortar
Bowling: Hooking the ball, mortar shops, brick and mortar, customers money

Bowling: marker boards, rangefinders
Bowling: marker boards, rangefinders

Bowling: RH vs. LH, mechanical aids, mechanical aid
Bowling: RH vs. LH, mechanical aids, mechanical aid, legal committee

Bowling: How to get strikes, stroker
Bowling: How to get strikes, stroker

Bowling: tape for thumb, weather conditions, pitches
Bowling: tape for thumb, weather conditions, pitches, humidity

Bowling: full roller drilling, s hook, pin placement
s hook, pin placement, center of gravity: Chris, Stuff like your Gyro is still manufactured. We can discuss it if the Freeze doesn t work out. Getting the ball longer and cutting down the flare a little, means moving the pin away from the leverage position. If the pin is 3-4 inches I d move it...

Bowling: Hooking the ball, Hammer Black Widow Sting
Hammer Black Widow Sting: Joe, Again, I apoligize for the rant. But this happens over and over and over. The evil Internet as you called it, doesn t care. DOESN T CARE. But you do. Check with the site, check with your driller, provide me more info and we can try to help you. ...

Bowling: marker boards, marker boards, unit decorations
marker boards, unit decorations, target: The lanes to which you refer are made by Brunswick and called ProAnvilane. The additional rangefinders (that s the real name of the dots and arrows as well), like the dots and arrows, are painted on the lane. They are on the 10th and 30th boards 34-37 feet...

Bowling: middle finger, bowling pro shops, straight ball
bowling pro shops, straight ball, combat sport: Hi, Patsy! This is really a serious issue. Bowling is a non-combat sport and is not supposed to hurt! It is very likely that your fit needs to be adjusted. Find an IBPSIA (International Bowling Pro Shops and Instructors Association) shop in your area....

Bowling: Do I need a New Bowling Ball?, bowling balls, banger hole pounder
bowling balls, banger hole pounder, lane surface: Floyd, I am aware of it (the Hole Pounder product line), not familiar with it. If it was working, it should still provide some effect, unless lane conditions, lane surface or oil volume has changed for your league. Often people change balls without evaluating...

Bowling: PAP & Bowling Style, bowling style, cranker
bowling style, cranker, tweeners: Not really, especially with the popularity of the two handed style. It would be easier to classify bowlers as spinner, semi-spinner, 3/4, or full rolller based on the PAP. In those classifications you would still have strokers, tweeners, and crankers. ...

Bowling: Pro Shops, excess stock, aggressive response
excess stock, aggressive response, additional education: Jerry, Some of the value of the IBPSIA program is you re taught by experienced shop operators. Operationally, you ll know what you need. So ask the questions, keep in touch with people you meet at the class and network. Call or e-mail. I am not excited about...

Bowling: pitch problem, thumb hole, thumb size
thumb hole, thumb size, finger holes: If you are having problems on both sides of your thumb, I would look at the hole size first. It may be that you need more of an oval hole instead of a round one. As far as the top of the thumb goes, pitch and/or span could be the issue there, in addition...

Bowling: plstic ball, finger and thumb, center of gravity
finger and thumb, center of gravity, blue colour: You can drill it as you have mentioned as long as the ball stays legal according to USBC specifications. You will not be able to take a 15# and lighten it to a 14# though. At most, you can probably remove 4 to 5 ounces and keep the ball legal. Good luck,...

Bowling: Release problem, thumb hole, bowling balls
thumb hole, bowling balls, bassham: Since you don t have any trouble with the ball during practice or league, it would seem that the issue is not the ball. Since you have no injuries to your hand, it would seem that the fit of the ball is not a problem. That leaves the muscle between your ears!...

Bowling: Releasing the bowling ball, bowling pro shops, thumb hole
bowling pro shops, thumb hole, bowling ball: Indeed you would be. There are many reasons you could be lofting the ball unintentionally: you re too upright at the line, you have too much forward pitch in the thumb hole, you have too much reverse pitch in the thumb hole, the thumb hole is too big, you...

Bowling: RH vs. LH, league bowler, game example
league bowler, game example, definitive answer: Here is the quote from the Rule Book. You can find it at bowl.com under Rules. 328. Changing Delivery In handicap and classified tournaments, once the bowler has taken his/her first shot, he/she shall continue to use that hand throughout the tournament...

Bowling: Sore fingers/callous, fit issue
fit issue: Yolanda,, Are the grips causing you problems pitched grips? The burn/broken blood vessels under the nail could be several things. A single or combination of: span too long, hole or grip too tight, or too much forward pitch (in toward your thumb). Why are...

Bowling: How to get strikes, pin action, straight ball
pin action, straight ball, wrist brace: It will be difficult to average 200 with such a light ball. A minimum of 14 lbs would be helpful. In addition, even with a heavier ball, your speed is definitely an issue. Carry percentage is optimum at between 17 and 19 mph so you can see you are not getting...

Bowling: Tendon Issues in Finger - Forward Pitch?, finger holes, bowling balls
finger holes, bowling balls, fingertip: Jason, The only way for me to get a good idea of what is going on is to see a picture or video of your hand in the ball. Place your fingers in the holes place your thumb in and have someone take a picture or video the whole thing . Seeing your hand in the...

Bowling: Thumb stops the ball spin, proper fit, ball should let go of you
proper fit, ball should let go of you: Joey, Best description of the release is that the ball should let go of YOU. Late release retards your rev rate and increases tilt. The correct fit is so different from what most people experience. It almost feels like the ball won t come off, yet because...

Bowling: tape for thumb, thumb hole, thumb nail
thumb hole, thumb nail, peice: Usually the white tape will go on the front side of the thumb hole, or the pad side of the thumb. However, using that many pieces on that side of the thumb only may make the ball feel as though it has excessive reverse pitch and lead to squeezing the ball....

Bowling: timing, tony reyes, trick shots
tony reyes, trick shots, foul line: The best thing to do first is to get some video tape of yourself. You will really need a view from the side. Look to see where you swing is on the next to last step of your approach. The ball needs to be at the top of the swing ready to move forward with...

Bowling: type of ball to use, axis point, elbow injury
axis point, elbow injury, hook ball: Kevin, Without knowing your Positive Axis Point (PAP), revealing the axis about which your ball rolls, it s hard to know if the pin (top of the weightblock) is in a helpful position. The ball you mentioned is a high flare potential ball, and when used on...

Bowling: follow up for Urethane or Reactive Resin for Very Heavy Oil, reactive resin ball, heavy oil
reactive resin ball, heavy oil, arm injury: Steve, When sanding across the track is most aggressive, a cross hatch is next (not as aggressive) and with the track for a ball you DON T want to hook. Good luck and let me know how it shakes out. I think you ll find with a better match up with the weight...

Bowling: thank you for your previous answer and another question, bowling balls, target line
bowling balls, target line, performance price: In looking at your arsenal, I would look at the Storm Fast or the newest Hammer in the Raw line. I do not remember the name of that one. Both of these are a pearl coverstock but will be stronger than your Vibe that you have now. Both would also fit between...

Bowling: wood lane or synthetic lane, bowling company, bowling lane
bowling company, bowling lane, gs series: Bora, There is more maintenance on a wood lane (sanding, screening and keeping the wood protected with coatings) than on synthetic. New GSX series machines have only been around a short time and are modifications of the GS series. The ancient A2 s lasted...

Bowling: 13 pounder
Scotty, I don t know of any 13# balls that have the same core dynamics of their 14# or 15# big brothers. The loss of a pound limits the weight and type of cores in lighter balls. The 13# is typically outfitted with a different core than the #14 ball from...

Bowling: 13 pounds
As far as power goes, all of the ball companies make 13# bowling balls with the same core dynamics as the heavier weights. This will give the lighter ball the same roll and hook characteristics. Going with the lighter weight will affect the hitting power...

Bowling: 5 Pin, 10 pin bowling, pin balls
10 pin bowling, pin balls, bowling lane: Hi, Rob! I was just in Canada and saw 5 pin bowling for the first time. Canada is the only country with 5 pin bowling, according to Wikipedia. The length and width of the lane (60 feet x 41.5 ) is the same as tenpin bowling. The back end machines are different...

Bowling: 5 Pin bowling, pin balls, pin machine
pin balls, pin machine, bowling lane: I am sorry but I am not familar with 5 pin bowling or the balls used. I do know that a 10 pin machine will not return them. We have some duckpin centers and they use the smaller ball and 10 pin machines will not return those either. I wish I could be...

Bowling: Ball Layouts, finger holes, layout suggestions
finger holes, layout suggestions, pap: I would recheck your PAP. The 1 inch down could be a problem but the 3 inches over should make up for that. The horizontal number would place your track far away from your track. What kind of balls do you use now and where is the pin? What are the 2...

Bowling: Bowling Equipment, bowlers journal international, ebonite nvs
bowlers journal international, ebonite nvs, hammer black widow: Hi, Jonathan! You are right to want a difference in ball reaction. All high performance balls do tend to act similarly. You don t want a ball that hooks two more boards than another ball. The difference in ball reaction has to be in feet. You want one that...

Bowling: Bowling shoes
Anna, You ve posed a very broad question, so please don t take my answer the wrong way. Shoes to tight, pain bad, get new ones. Shoes too big, sloppy or ill fitted don t help much, get new ones. Uppers falling apart, the shoe needs to be secure...

Bowling: Brunswick's Bowling Balls, bowling balls, layout sheet
bowling balls, layout sheet, ball manufacturers: I would treat the brunswick ball the same as the others. You can even use a Roto Grip layout sheet if you want to. Imagine that the # 3 layout will place the pin near your ring finger. I would doubt if you will place the CG far enough to the right to have...

Bowling: Where to put the ball, first arrow, entry angle
first arrow, entry angle, t score: Hi, Beverley! It s pretty unusual to be a full roller these days. It s actually not a very effective release when it comes to hookability, entry angle into the pocket, and carry. Having said that, it is what it is, so we move on... Regardless of whether...

Bowling: ball switch, norm duke, abralon
norm duke, abralon, ball speed: What surface do you have on the secret agent you are using? If it is polished, I would suggest dulling the surface of the ball. Use a 2000 abralon pad. If the lack of reaction is due to too much oil, this will help. You do not say what kind of ball speed...

Bowling: bowling ball help, pearl balls, two balls
pearl balls, two balls, bowling ball: I would suggest the Virtual Gravity. If it would hook too much, it can be polished. I actually like mine better polished than dull. If you ball speed is high, the Virtual Energy may skid through the breakpoint and then you would have to sand it to get the...

Bowling: buying a new ball or spare ball, left hander, female bowler
left hander, female bowler, tennis elbow: C, As mentioned before, you re limited to how much core effect you ll get out of a lighter ball. Your ball speed (about 15.5mph) helps retain energy, and trying to swing the ball from the right side of the lane is fighting all the lane conditioner in the...

Bowling: buying new ball and spare ball
C, Layout could be the key. Your current ball (Wrath XP) doesn t have much inside in 12 pounds. Your ball path may be using up the balls energy. Do you roll it straight and let the ball hook in from the left side of the lane? or swing it from the right side...

Bowling: counting boards in bowling, ball and swing, physical phenomena
ball and swing, physical phenomena, best guess: I m not sure what the 7 board count is. My best guess is that you are referring to the ball laydown point in relation to the inside of the sliding ankle. I ll answer based on that assumption. Most people lay the ball down 5-7 boards outside their sliding...

Bowling: drilling for index finger, collateral ligaments, bowling community
collateral ligaments, bowling community, league bowler: Don, Yes, I ve drilled a few players with injuries/accidents and drilling the finger holes to support the ball and allow yourself some balance in swing and delivery worked for my customers. Spreading out the fingers to much makes any hand action at the point...

Bowling: Flash force pin position and reaction, axis tilt, axis point
axis tilt, axis point, axis rotation: Archie, The position of the pin reflects the intent of the driller and can be determined by the bowler s Positive Axis Point (PAP). Can t really see the ball track in the picture, so there is no indication of your uncles track/PAP. The pin placed below...

Bowling: my first ball Scout/R Hi Flare, synthetic lane and wood lane, pocket 1, body position
pocket 1, body position, 5 steps: Sorry for the delay in the answer. I was out of town for a couple of days. Your target should be the 1-2 pocket. Your timing is the most important thing to work on. Without proper timing, your release and accuracy will suffer. I would also focus on body...

Bowling: flair, flare, flair
flare, flair, axis: Flare is created by the ball migrating from your release spin axis to the balls preffered spin axis. Ball reaction can be created by using this migration and can either enhance the balls hook potential or decrease the balls hook potential. Increasing the...

Bowling: follow through, swing plane, ball path
swing plane, ball path, bowling balls: Rod, There are a couple schools of thought. Part of where you want to follow through is determined by how much you turn the ball. Where the follow through ends up is a result of your delivery. Have you tried both? Getting the arm to finish in front of...

Bowling: Learn to measure a Ball, bowling pro shops, instructors association
bowling pro shops, instructors association, jayhawk: The International Bowling Pro Shops and Instructors association offers clinics. Ebonite offers their powerhouse training courses and several bowling distributors offer clinics as well. Ace Mitchell, Classic Products, Bowling Supply, and Jayhawk Inc. are...

Bowling: Mental aspect of bowling., managing your emotions, gold medalist
managing your emotions, gold medalist, bassham: Hi, Ryan! I think you can t deny, nor should you try to suppress, your emotions. We all get juiced. You can t not have those exciting thoughts. People can say this shot is not more important than another one but the truth is you are more excited about the...

Bowling: Mental Game., managing your emotions, gold medalist
managing your emotions, gold medalist, mental game: Hi, Rich! Yup. You re human all right! I think it s silly to try and suppress or block these kinds of thoughts. In fact, that s way too much effort. Why deny your experience? You are excited. This is a big deal. Let the feelings happen and then channel...

Bowling: Getting mores strikes with straight ball, straight ball, entry angle
straight ball, entry angle, deflection: Hi, Linda! Curving a ball is generated by a slight rotation of the wrist so I m curious about this comment: finger you use for bowling . What does that mean? Do you have a conventional of fingertip grip? What weight ball are you throwing? It takes three...

Bowling: new ball, brand preference, energy retention
brand preference, energy retention, ball speed: Larry, Depending on layout, you may just want to shine your Secret Agent. I d suggest you look at the Storm Reign, HyRoad or Roto Grip Cell Pearl. All will give you good length and energy retention for your softer ball speed (and all are from Storm, if...

Bowling: Proper weight ball?, light balls, pound ball
light balls, pound ball, shoe manufacturer: Wendy, A 6 pound ball has been the lightest available for years and years. But, a company called Linds /World Impex (primarily a shoe manufacturer) has branched into importing balls from China and they have lighter balls. The problem is current bowling centers...

Bowling: picking up the ten pin, target, hardest thing
target, hardest thing, bunches: Fred, You are on the right track, but I d invest in a shiny, smooth, hard plastic three piece ball to roll straight at your ten pins. Same weight as your current ball, lighter will throw off your timing (I ve found, personally and with bunches of customers)....

Bowling: Rapair bowling ball, bowling balls, rough patches
bowling balls, rough patches, bowling ball: Joey, Can t tell from your description how bad they may be. Without seeing them I m kind of handcuffed. What balls are they? What do you want to do with them? Is there a pro shop nearby? Resurfacing and oil removal would be two things that may rejuvenate...

Bowling: release
Lee, Sounds like a span that is too short or too much reverse pitch. Hard to diagnose a pitch problem unless you have all the numbers from your fit sheet. But, with your thumb fully inserted into the thumb hole, where do the fingertip creases fall as you...

Bowling: where to stand for a right hander, target board, muscle memory
target board, muscle memory, swing plane: Irene, I always want to make sure I understand the question so please bare with me. When you say you stand on the 1st board, (as a right hander) I understand that to mean (because you slide with your left foot) the left foot starts out one board left...

Bowling: Spare Ball!, spare ball
spare ball: Leo, Most spare balls are valued for there ability to do so little! Straight is Great. So while I have a tournament spare ball that is rubber (most basic three piece balls work fine), my everyday spare ball is a Storm plastic ball. Any plastic ball kept nice...

Bowling: back up spare bowling balls
Donna, Balls are the tools of the trade for bowlers. If there is a ball that can help you and it makes sense to have it in the bag (missing a number of ten pins a night, definite need), get it. Changing your delivery to kill the ball or back it up to get...

Bowling: storm 2nd dimension, finger holes, pap
finger holes, pap, clue: An extra hole may be added, but it wont change the reaction much. If placed on your PAP, it might change the breakpoint shape a little. I would not expect it to be enough to give you the reaction you are looking for. Have you tried to play a tighter line...

Bowling: Track on bowling ball, thumb hole, left hander
thumb hole, left hander, finger hole: Bryce, I ve had a couple players that roll the ball like you do. The way the ball comes off your hand is why it rolls where it does. Influencing the roll with layout won t get it off the fingers without significantly changing the roll, starting the ball to...

Bowling: thumb, effective teaching techniques, curious question
effective teaching techniques, curious question, good shape: Thanks! Curious question. Why would you think that just because you had the fit adjusted, you wouldn t squeeze the ball? The tighter your thumbhole, the easier your thumb will exit the ball. If you are squeezing the ball, you must have room in the hole to...

Bowling: thumb trouble, thumb hole, oval hole
thumb hole, oval hole, oval shape: I dont feel that going to an oval hole is the answer here. Ovals do fit better, but if not bevelled or cut down correctly, there will still be a lot of pressure where you are feeling it. One other thing you may take a look at is to make sure the span is not...

Bowling: type of ball, bowling balls, power groove
bowling balls, power groove, tropical storms: I would suggest looking at some entry level performance bowling balls. Brunswick Power Groove, Ebonite Tornado, and the Storm Tropical storms are three types. These bowling balls will give you more potential to see the reaction you are looking for. Keep...

Bowling: What type of core and reactive ball do I need, axis tilt, reactive resin
axis tilt, reactive resin, axis rotation: Michael, Core and cover matching up to your skill set and the lane conditions you bowl on is what stores like mine are about. Your ball speed is one indicator of how rough or smooth the cover needs to be, but core is a contributor to what the ball does...

Bowling: use drill at home to enlarge thumb hole?
If you feel the thumb hole is so small that a drill will be needed, I would suggest taking it back to the pro shop. They should not charge to make corrections. To do that kind of work at home, you would need a way to lock the ball in place. Even then, you...

Bowling: i was wondering if you could help, emarld, back swing
emarld, back swing, excerises: Jeremy, Grip pressure generates tight tendons and muscles in your hand and arm, which severely limits your swing and range of motion. When you achieve a freer swing, your arm will swing straighter, higher and the swing will be more repeatable. First,...

Bowling: Approach/Slide issues, sliding on approach, training to slide on approach
sliding on approach, training to slide on approach: Hello Michael, I am very happy you loved my book! I am under the weather right now so I probably have about 30mins of up time before I have to lay down again so this will be brief but informative I hope. When you slide it is as though your slide foot is in...

Bowling: averages, league secretary, usbc
league secretary, usbc, computer program: If you are bowling in a USBC sanctioned league and your league secretary has BLS and the Perfect Secretary computer program, he/she can uploads standing sheets to bowl.com and you can find them there. If he/she does not, I don t know of a way to get them except...

Bowling: Ball Driller, tournament bowlers, ball manufacturers
tournament bowlers, ball manufacturers, sport shots: I do not know a ball driller in your area personally. I would ask other bowlers in your area where they go, especially the higher average and tournament bowlers. If they reccommend someone, I would give them a try. If that doesnt work, look for a pro shop...

Bowling: Battling the Sahara, arsenal, Cover
arsenal, Cover, lane distance: Hello Jerry, Can t really comment on what you have in your bag except to say that by the end of this things could get a little technical. If there is a ball you like on a certain shot( sport or house shot) knowledge of the distance of the oil, and volume...

Bowling: BOWLING, Loft, roling the ball
Loft, roling the ball, adjusting: Wow William, So much to respond to in such a short question? Loft is an adjustment according to my book True Bowler Adjustments! You are Lofting to change the reaction, or roll of the ball. Most often, when it rolls! Most bowlers will loft 3 different...

Bowling: BOWLING, axis tilt, axis rotation
axis tilt, axis rotation, synthetic lanes: William, A breakpoint system will help you determine how to traverse the lane optimally. You need to have a good angle to the pocket to strike. Tell me about your game (average, years bowling, equipment, skills)? Lots of questions. Let me get some idea...

Bowling: Bowling with a cracked ball, bowling center, pinsetter
bowling center, pinsetter, league president: Dennis, There is a size requirement (circumference) in the specifications section of the USBC rules. Suggest to the bowling center what s happening. The ball could do damage to the lanes. The crack shouldn t provide any benefit, but when the ball separates...

Bowling: back up ball, driller, stinger
driller, stinger, balls: Any of the balls you mention will react much more than the Stinger you are using now. Of the three, I would suggest the HyRoad. The most imporant thing to tell your ball driller is the fact that you throw a back up ball. This will tell him where to place...

Bowling: ball tracking, Full roller, release
Full roller, release, beveling: Hi Nathan, Sorry for the delayed reply. I have been under the weather. Taking drugs, sorry...medication!(smile) At 14 he is still growing! Have his span checked. He is probably just trying to get out of the ball. Instead of the thumb above the fingers at...

Bowling: bowling, professional bowlers tour, open bowling
professional bowlers tour, open bowling, bowling tournament: Hello, Robert! I actually don t know what a Professional Amateur Open tournament is. Usually tournaments are either for professionals or for amateurs though in some events amateurs can take their chances against the pros. Could you possibly mean a Pro-Am,...

Bowling: bowling, open bowling, tournament organizations
open bowling, tournament organizations, bowling centers: I do not know of an organization of that name. There are amateur tournament organizations such as NABI or ABT. They have their own web sites and you can find them using any search engine. The PBA operates pro tournaments that are open to both pro and amateur...

Bowling: bowling balls, bowling balls, black ice
bowling balls, black ice, flare: Janet, Tough call. The midprice Ebonite series ball the Smash would probable be a little stronger and the Ebonite Tornado a little weaker. The low flare elliptical core was probably the key to your liking the Black Ice. Nothing very similar on the market...

Bowling: Carry, lane surface, crankers
lane surface, crankers, oil condition: Hi, Michael! Carry is dependent on several things, some of which you cannot control, like the alignment of the rack, for example, or the carry characteristics of the center. Let s assume, though, that all the things you cannot control are perfect! You...

Bowling: Choosing the right ball, international bowling pro shop, bowling pro shop
international bowling pro shop, bowling pro shop, light oil: Hi, Erica! Ahh, the Lion. I had one and truly loved it! It was a great ball in its day and that day is long past. You certainly do need a new piece of equipment to deal with today s conditions. However, I wouldn t have a clue what that would be. The IBPSIA...

Bowling: choosing a ball, bowling balls, heat lamps
bowling balls, heat lamps, commercial oil: Will, Ebonite recommends hot water, Brunswick is OK with commercial oil extraction. I stumbled upon a middle ground. I ve noticed balls will bleed oil when left under the intense light from my stores halogen spotlights and when left near the space heater...

Bowling: consistancey and dealling with lan breakdown, Ball reaction, lane play
Ball reaction, lane play, adjustments: Hi Joey, I had to dissect a few things and all I can say is: Tell me how well I do! You sound a lot like a tweener now. Even though you have late timing you are great at waiting on the ball to swing through and give it good hand at release. You...

Bowling: drilling layout, ball speed, heavy oil
ball speed, heavy oil, layout options: You can have the jigsaw polished and that will help get the ball down the lane. It will hook sharper though. Compared to your spider spare ball, there is nothing you can do to the jigsaw to tame it down to a reaction anywhere near the spare ball. Even the...

Bowling: entry, Bowling ball set up, hand position
Bowling ball set up, hand position, ball reaction: Id, great eye during the read! I try to give bowlers the opportunity to try sump n different that may improve their game! That truly is my purpose with today s bowling environment. Tried and tested bowlers like Walter Ray, Shannon Pluhowsky, Doug Kent, Ryan...

Bowling: eye dominance, eye dominance, targeting
eye dominance, targeting, Drift: Wow Charles, I run into this all the time, oh my goodness!!! People have no idea how frustrating this can be to a coach. You work on everything! Then something inside you says, hey, so and so has not hit their targets but once in about 10 to 15 attempts!!!...

Bowling: FINGER PITCHES FOR NO-THUMB DRILLING, smooth release, couple questions
smooth release, couple questions, ring finger: The shorter middle finger and longer ring finger will put a lot of strain on your hand and would not reccommend it. The Easter grip is used by the highest rev players to give them a more controllable ball reaction. You are correct with your first two statements...

Bowling: FINGER PITCHES, thumb hole, different pitches
thumb hole, different pitches, ring finger: Gary, WANT TO TRY DIFFERENT PITCHES/SPANS. Spans for a thumb hole or do you have a thumb drilled now that you don t use? Pitches for performance or pitches reflecting your hand and basic comfort? WHICH FINGER SHOULD HAVE THE MOST REVERSE AND/OR FORWARD...

Bowling: Full Roller Pin Placement, axis point, drill sheets
axis point, drill sheets, roller pin: Ian, The International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association members usually represent experienced shops and instructors. Check out; http://www.ibpsia.com/regMem.asp?State=KS. Not many members in Kansas, sorry. Your driller may just need some encouragement...

Bowling: Bowling with a cracked ball, serial number, size requirement
Bowling: Bowling with a cracked ball, serial number, size requirement

Bowling: drilling layout, thumb
Bowling: drilling layout, thumb

Bowling: Full Roller Pin Placement, young fella, breaking ball
Bowling: Full Roller Pin Placement, young fella, breaking ball, new storm

Bowling: Next Level, first game, detriment
Bowling: Next Level, first game, detriment, monday night

Bowling: Pete Weber's thumb glove., sensitivity issues, professional ball
Bowling: Pete Weber's thumb glove., sensitivity issues, professional ball, minimal pain

Bowling: how fast can you throw a bowling ball, ball speed, fast bowling
ball speed, fast bowling, bowling adjustments: Hi Skip, One answer is as fast as you are capable, which often depending on your physical abilities! Some bowlers like myself, suffer from arthritis. I have good days and bad days! The fastest I can throw it is about 15/17 mph (with control). Great bowlers...

Bowling: Grip and ball placement in hand, axis rotation, finger holes
axis rotation, finger holes, palm pad: Hi, Gordy! Where you hold the ball in your hand depends on what you want the ball to do. Let s talk about it this way. First, we are going to assume a straight wrist, (one with no wrinkling of the skin on the outside of the wrist). We ll talk about the...

Bowling: High RG Bowling balls, bowling balls, ring finger
bowling balls, ring finger, spinners: Most spinners dont have an issue with the ball hooking too soon. I would take a ball that you have now and polish it. That will get the ball down the lane and save some energy. The hammer razyr is a good high RG ball, but try the polish option first. ...

Bowling: Hinge Start Difficulties, hinge start, push away
hinge start, push away, timing: Art, thanks for the question! A million things ran through my mind at first! As things settled down, I realized one thing about your game! Basically, you are a great bowler! Like the Chameleon pattern, you want to transition your game into something, even...

Bowling: Mass Bias placement, bowling ball, hole mass
bowling ball, hole mass, bias: My experience with a mass bias placement in the track tend to make the ball hook/set at the backend. Placing the mass bias right of the thumb makes the ball read sooner and makes it arc more. The importance of the CG placement really is all about the need...

Bowling: Next Level, lane surface, simple suggestions
lane surface, simple suggestions, ball speed: Roger, Short of the lane is too oily for your ball in the first game, play closer to the friction early in the night I got nothing? Layout, surface, your speed and rev rate and the lane condition and lane surface all come into play, and I know nothing about...

Bowling: Next Level, pin action, back swing
pin action, back swing, right hander: Roger, I may have just answered this. But had a thought about the 8-10 s. This split for a right hander is usually left when the ball hits weakly. Does this happen later in the evening or early when conditions are fresh? Thanks. Look forward to hearing back...

Bowling: do i need a new ball?, gyro urethane, matte finish
gyro urethane, matte finish, smooth one: Leann, yes, A matte finish ball uses more energy through the lane than a shiny or smooth one. My suggestion to smooth would be followed by a suggestion to shine if making the ball smoother isn t enough. No need for a player with 12 MPH ball speed to throw...

Bowling: Is my older equipment OK today?, reactive ball, would like your opinion
reactive ball, would like your opinion, storm line: If you want to go down in weight due to some physical issues, 14# would be fine. If you dont really have any issues, I would stay with the 15# as long as you can. By staying with the 15s, you can keep your spare ball, the Crush, and add a pearl reactive...

Bowling: PAP 4 inches over & down 1/2 inch, pap 4, thumb hole
pap 4, thumb hole, finger holes: Crap, I forgot to use the vacation feature as I have been on the road. The look of your layout is correct. It may require the extra hole to the right and below the thumb hole. I might even move the pine and CG lower to get the pin below the finger holes....

Bowling: Pain and change in middle finger, ball answer, finger points
ball answer, finger points, finger tip: I would take a look at the pitch that you have on the middle finger. If needed, adjust it towards the direction the finger points in. I would imagine the finger has been like that awhile but now is getting irritated enough to cause pain. Even trying a looser...

Bowling: Pete Weber's thumb glove., pete weber, golf glove
pete weber, golf glove, happy new year: Richard, Pete basically uses a golf glove. His need is the hundreds of games a month that he rolls. Why would you need that degree of protection? You may want to address the cause rather than try to protect the thumb? Thanks for the question. Good luck...

Bowling: PIN, CG and MB location on old equipment, punch mark, bowling balls
punch mark, bowling balls, bowling ball: Kelly, If it s plastic the surface is polyester. A polyurethane ball (also described as urethane) is the base material for performance bowling balls. It s one or the other. Is the equipment you mentioned in a center? Good luck thanks for following...

Bowling: Pin Action, pin action, league bowling
pin action, league bowling, back swing: Roger, Your smoother Vibe helps (be sure to keep it shiny) retain more energy for better pin action. Your speed is a detriment. Most centers condition lanes for players with more speed. Unfortunately most organized league bowling is usually enjoyed by adults...

Bowling: Pin Placement, pin placement, question thanks
pin placement, question thanks, slow speed: A lot of us think that going to a ball like that is a step backward. But what has to be looked at is what need the ball is fulfilling. Since she has equipment that will hook, she needs the ball to get down the lane. The Razyr is the best. No exotic layout...

Bowling: possible ball weight change, axis tilt, electric shock
axis tilt, electric shock, game session: That s really different. If the ball fits you well, you ought to be able to throw your version of zero degrees of axis rotation, your version of 45, and your version of 90. As you probably know, 90 is the most side rotation that you can create. It is usually...

Bowling: pro shop equipment, bowling pro shop equipment, bowling pro shop
bowling pro shop equipment, bowling pro shop, ibpsia: Robert, Check with IBPSIA at ibpsia.com. Many bowling distributors carry used/reconditioned/new pro shop equipment. Have you googled used bowling pro shop equipment? Jayhawk, Inovative and Ultimate are some respected suppliers. Good luck with your search....

Bowling: proper stroker technique, norm duke, body alignment
norm duke, body alignment, cranker: Hi, Michael! In my opinion, body alignment is the biggest secret in bowling. If you are not lined up properly, it doesn t much matter how well you get to the line. If you are, you can get away with stuff at the line. Always good to be forgiven... You...

Bowling: Reading Lanes, reading the ball, ball reaction
reading the ball, ball reaction, reading the lanes: Greetings Calvin, To the point, I realize this is how a lot of coaches make a living. Teaching bowlers how to read the ball s reaction! Out of respect I won t step on their toes. What I will tell you is that reading the ball requires good vision - That...

Bowling: SPLIT, cure alls, synthetic lanes
cure alls, synthetic lanes, happy new year: LD, I d think, without seeing you actually play, the Mutant Cell has picked up a little oil shine and is a little more violent at the pocket. Keep it clean and the reaction down lane should be more predictable. thanks for the question. Happy new Year...

Bowling: squeezing, wrist brace, stiffness
wrist brace, stiffness, thumb: I would make sure that your ball is fitted with your brace on. I would also suggest going with less reverse. That will help eliminate the want to squeeze. Have your span checked at the pro shop to make sure it is correct when you have your brace on. ...

Bowling: TARGET, Approach, drift
Approach, drift, targeting: Greetings LD, I realize a lot of bowlers are just trying to get a handle on their game. Like you have pointed out, where do I stand to consistently get to the pocket? You know what? Whatever bowling ball you have in your arsenal right now, they are probably...

Bowling: Trying again, New patterns, lane conditions
New patterns, lane conditions, Lane conditions: Thanks Jim, It s true bowlers like you who are asking question regarding our ever changing sport, along with current updating of your knowledge which keeps the sport alive for all of us. Bowling has changed very much like you said. So much so, USBC...

Bowling: thumb hole tape, thumb in the thumb, thumb hole
thumb in the thumb, thumb hole, finger holes: Hi, LD! Taping is an art. How you place tape in the thumb hole and what type of tape you use is really important. Tape is used to snug the fit since the tighter your thumb hole, the faster you can exit. You want a quick, clean exit out of the ball so...

Bowling: what tpe of ball do I have?, bowling balls, bowling ball
bowling balls, bowling ball, correct weight: Dave, Your ball is basic plastic (polyester). It was a brand sold through Big Box stores. Probably not the best places to get decent fitting bowling balls (they don t weight the ball for balance or even the correct weight!). A bowling ball fit should be so...

Bowling: over/under conditions, s leagues, ed ball
s leagues, ed ball, shiny surface: Ed, Ball layout and cover stock can often help tame down the over under. Since changing layouts is more involved you may want to adjust a ball surface or two to see if your present equipment will work OK. A smooth/shiny surface will often be very jumpy,...

Bowling: 2 finger bowling, fellow bowlers, thumb hole
fellow bowlers, thumb hole, strict rule: Cliff, By strict rule the thumb is a gripping hole if covered, weight hole if not covered. A second weight hole would make the ball illegal (or shot illegal) if thumb hole isn t covered. Check your local association, some have different levels of adherence,...

Bowling: Bowling Ball Type, Ring finger injury, Returning to bowling
Ring finger injury, Returning to bowling, Learning to adjust: Hello Kim, You are right, it is hard to tell a home run hitter to bunt. However as I recall, that was one of the first drills I learned to move the runners around the bases so we could score and win! . Basically, we have to adjust to what the game needs ...

Bowling: Bowling Balls, bowling balls, manufacturers deal
bowling balls, manufacturers deal, performance ball: Id, I wouldn t call what you might find in a light performance ball generic so much as typical pancake weightblock (in some, like in a plastic ball). The core doesn t save in cost so much as weight contributing to the total mass of the ball. The advertised...

Bowling: Bowling Grip, fist step, bowling ball
fist step, bowling ball, fit ball: Nasser, A well fit ball should just hang from your hand. The majority of the support in a ball fit is span and pitches. Hole size is typically a small part of the overall fit. Simply, if you must bend your thumb, the hole is big enough for you to need...

Bowling: ball out, bowling ball hooks too soon.
bowling ball hooks too soon.: LD, projecting the ball out to the 40 foot marks is a combination of lane oil conditioner, speed or tempo to the line, release, ball cover/surface, how heavy the ball is, revolutions, and ball flare or tracks. When considering adjustments or tricks to increase...

Bowling: bowling grip change, grip option, grip change
grip option, grip change, columbia white: Doug, Experimenting with a new grip option is a great idea. Something I suggest often. If you have wrist issues, consider a Cobra wrist device or the like and get comfortable with the hand action it promotes. You can practice with it, then go without in...

Bowling: My bowling thumb, thumb hole, size differences
thumb hole, size differences, hole size: Lacy, Somethings causing you to hold/grip the ball differently. Take your and an old ball to the driller and have them check for pitches/span/hole size differences. The lack of bevel may also be a big contributor, if it is the primary problem, your ball doesn...

Bowling: bowling thumb callous, Thumb pain, Thumb callous
Thumb pain, Thumb callous, Thumb injury: Ed, One of my very first topics in my book True Bowler Adjustments was dedicated to this very topic. It is under the heading of Beveling. When we bevel the finger or thumbhole for a bowler it is like customizing the ball to a perfect fit. Ball drilling...

Bowling: Drilled out pin, Drilling out the pin on a bowling ball.
Drilling out the pin on a bowling ball.: Hi Cindy, Drilling the pin out is legal. Just as long as the bowling ball does not violate the 1 ounce rule for top, bottom, and side weights. The pin is there to show where the top of the center of the core is located. I notice that some players do have the...

Bowling: dry lanes, Dry lane ball, Dry surface ball selection help
Dry lane ball, Dry surface ball selection help, Ball hooks too much on dry lane: Hi Doug, I answer questions about dry lanes a lot, and not all answers are the same. I just wrote to Bob, another poster who addressed a similar subject. I made a couple of suggestions to consider that may apply to you also. You can review his post 3rd...

Bowling: full roller, bowling balls, thumb hole
bowling balls, thumb hole, finger hole: Jeff, Congrats on your success. Sounds like you are a full roller. But your rev rate is not that of a typical full roller player. The grip anomaly, does it cause any problems with your spare game? Most normal layouts don t put the core in any kind...

Bowling: Very Large Pin (8"), axis tilt, deep holes
axis tilt, deep holes, bowling ball: Fernando, If it is not obvious you bought a defective bowling ball (great for full rollers though). The key to your ball may be that the top weight will allow the ball to be drilled normally using the pin as the indicator of the top of the weight block, but...

Bowling: Leverage bowling balls, Layout recommendations
Layout recommendations: Hi Rhyce, the best layouts you can try are those that do not snap or jerk to the pocket concerning PBA conditions. You want to use a layout that is readable and more controlled based on your Positive Axis Point(PAP). One of the first things you have to...

Bowling: Maximum allowable length of approach, USBC Rules, Approach and delivery
USBC Rules, Approach and delivery: Hello Benjamin, what you are interested in changing is a facility issue. I spent a couple of days looking through the rule book and a couple of other journals. What I found was, in any sport, after the governing body has established the playing area, the decision...

Bowling: Music during sanctioned league play, Music while bowling, Bowling distractions
Music while bowling, Bowling distractions: Hello Sue, I know this reeeally sucks. I have been all over the world with bowling and my honest response is that it does depend on the dynamic function of the center and the bowling members. If the members are competitive leagues then you will NEVER hear...

Bowling: Pulling every shot to the left, backswing, target
backswing, target, tendency: Tom, Evaluate your ball fit, if you are hanging onto the ball a little later than optimum, you ll have a tendency to release late and tug the ball. You may feel the hole is a little loose and be gripping the ball too much, too much reverse or to little forward...

Bowling: re-finishing a ball, bowling balls, michael balls
bowling balls, michael balls, dubious results: Michael, Balls often need different attention depending on finish, use, etc. Check the Storm website and they should have refinishing instructions (at least there used to be). Some of what you are discovering is different people do the job differently....

Bowling: regarding ball drilling, Drill for Dry Lanes, POSITIVE AXIS POINT
Drill for Dry Lanes, POSITIVE AXIS POINT, Symmetrical Bowling Balls: Tim, great start to learning about your individual ball motion! Sorry for the late response my computer went belly up on me during the week. Just got it back working a few minutes ago. You were the first task on my mind. You can tweak the reaction of your...

Bowling: Slowing down, axis tilt, s hook
axis tilt, s hook, joe ball: Joe, Ball speed is a great asset in the modern game. I d suggest that with more surface and a layout to optimize your delivery you can harness the energy of your current game. Rather than giving up the ball speed, seek a coach that can help you use it effectively....

Bowling: screw driver grip, e mail address, screw driver
e mail address, screw driver, drilling technique: Ike, I contacted Bill and he s putting it on paper . When I get more info from him I ll pass it along. Send me (revbowl@revbowl.com) an e-mail address. I took a look at the site you mentioned but still haven t found much on it. I will check it out further....

Bowling: thumb sticking, Thumb sticking, grip pressure
Thumb sticking, grip pressure, Thumb swells during play.: Hi Dave, I noticed the first thing you said was that you had Turbo inserts. From experience with my bowling students I know that Turbo inserts are a bit tackier than other inserts. They have ridges on the inside to give the bowler that added support, and sureness...

Bowling: waxing a ball, Polishing the bowling ball, Polishing my bowling ball for higher scores
Polishing the bowling ball, Polishing my bowling ball for higher scores: Hello Jack, what gives when you polish your bowling ball? Well, the surface of the ball does not grab the lanes as much. This creates more skid. When a ball delays grabbing the lane until it gets well down the lane, it can use that stored energy, or revolutions...

Bowling: How to Adjust & Ball Speed ?, junior coach, team mates
junior coach, team mates, oil pattern: Art, Ball speed is the best asset to have in your game these days. Trying to generate ball speed is a complicated process, because the best speed works ideally with a free armswing and brisk footwork. Many bowlers generate plenty of speed (with a muscled...

Bowling: Bowling pin lenght and top weight, Pin out verses pin in, 1 inch pin verses 4 inch pins
Pin out verses pin in, 1 inch pin verses 4 inch pins, What hooks more?: Hello Wesley, the most hook in a bowling ball is awesomely based on many factors that will allow the surface of the ball to interact with the lane. When you constantly over throw the pattern, the ball skids as you know. In my new book, True Bowler Adjustments,...

Bowling: ball speed needed, Ball Speed Adjustments, Ball hooks too soon
Ball Speed Adjustments, Ball hooks too soon, Ball hooks too later.: Hi Jack, my new bowling book provides various adjustments to increase your speed. Since you think you need to get your speed up over 16 mph, the reason must be that your ball is either rolling out too early before the pins (Leaving 10 pins, because you hit...

Bowling: bowlingball cleaning machines, bowling balls, bowling pro shops
bowling balls, bowling pro shops, bowling centers: Kathy, There is some sanding/cleaning/maintenance info on the Ebonite website under maintenance. Storm products in Utah also has some info on their website. Companies are trying to set themselves apart with finishing and surface preparation techniques involving...

Bowling: How to Adjust & Ball Speed ?, straight ball, original 3
Bowling: How to Adjust & Ball Speed ?, straight ball, original 3, pap

Bowling: Can'g get my thumb straight in the ball, Thumb problem, Beveling the thumb
Thumb problem, Beveling the thumb, Hanging up in the bowling ball.: Hello John, first a lighter ball is fine! more revs, more control, less wear and tear on your tendons and ligaments in your wrist. In my new book I discuss several releases you can try. When you utilize the release that does not hurt at the end of three or...

Bowling: Too Much "Headpin", second transition, move right
second transition, move right, move down: Gordon, Leaving the left corner (4-7 and 7), is too strong a move right at the pocket. The optimum reaction for the ball is to be rolling. It sounds like the second transition (from hook phase to roll phase) is too late for your ball. I d adjust the surface...

Bowling: Too Much "Headpin", surface texture, bowling ball
surface texture, bowling ball, head pin: Gordon, Try adjusting the surface of your bowling ball. If you keep it clean and shiny, a surface texture adjustment might be the thing, but if you don t do much maintenance on the ball, get it returned to out of box condition. If Out of Box is still too...

Bowling: Help finding a particular ball, red hammer, bowling center
red hammer, bowling center, bowling ball: Christopher, You are looking for a magic bowling ball. Worked great when you were younger, what makes you think that on modern (heavier) lane conditions and different oils and patterns that a Red Hammer might work? Without knowing more about your game,...