Recently, it was nescessary to find a new place to bowl. Whether it because of moving or other reasons, you have to find some place else to bowl. What should you do? Well, we suggest going to new bowling lanes when there is not much activity. Usually in the morning on a weekday. Then, just walk around the facility and see what is there. Pro shop, gift shop, snack bar etc. Next, read the bulletin board if there is one. Basically, just settle in and see if it fits. At this point, go bowl and see what the lanes are like. Get used to the place. Before you leave, stop at the office and see what openings there are for leagues or other bowling events going on. You may decide this is not the place for you. Go to the next bowling house and try again. Do this until you find a place that feels good. After that, enjoy!!!!
Roto Grip has produced a new ball that will allow you to rule the lanes! It is known as the Defiant. The new Paragon core allows you to match the ball reaction to the lane conditions. It has strong midlane roll and a huge continuous sweeping hook giving plenty of backend action. This is SERIOUS technological advancement. The new MicroBite covershell is stronger and more textured than all other brands. When finished with 3000 grit Abralon, this new shell creates friction where all others cannot!! Heavy oil lane conditions pose no problem for the Defiant. Today’s lane oils have more solids than ever and make the lanes very slick at times. Roto Grip has the answer!
Bowler’s with about 15 mph speed and low rev rates will really love this new Defiant. Lane control has just stopped being a problem!!! See it now—ball is available.
This post continues the discussion of bowling accessories and other items that bowlers require. There are some things to remember. Powders such as baby powder or pro slide to make your shoes slide could be illegal. While perfectly ok for thumbholes, if the powder alters the footwork of another player it is not allowed, (Rule 12, Defacing the Approach).
Towels are another necessary accessory. 16×24 towels are easy to carry and really work well for bowling. The ball surface should be kept clean to allow the ball to work as advertised when it was purchased. The towel should be kept clean. It does not help to use a dirty towel and put more dirt and grease on the ball. That grey towel that used to be white is not very effective. Microfiber towels are great for cleaning but hang up on every little thing. Terry towels are also popular. Using the towel in the pre-shot routine should be the same for every shot. It affects your rhythm and can provide time to recover from a bad break or enjoy a great shot. It keeps you centered.
Bowlers should keep spare shoelaces in the bag just in case. Be sure they are the proper length; the eyes go through the shoe holes and are the right color! Pro shops don’t always carry laces and sometimes are not open.
We just bought a new bowling ball. What now? After a session with a coach it was determined that the approach and delivery were not the problem. The bowling ball did not fit right and the coach also thought we were using the wrong ball. We were using the Brunswick Damage for the conditions and we should have been using a ball with a lower RG for heavier oil conditions. We selected the Columbia 300 Omen and had one drilled up. After practicing with it, the first league night with the Omen was interesting. It was hooking almost 10 boards more and we started experimenting with more speed and different lines. We have almost 30 games with the new ball and we are going back to the Damage. The Omen is a great ball but needs more oil to produce the shot we want to throw. We now have a great ball for tournament conditions and a good dry lane (house) condition ball in the Damage.
The bottom line is to have the correct bowling ball for the conditions. It makes you not have to work so hard to get the scores. This is very simplistic but a good dry condition, heavier oil condition and a spare ball should be all you need. It is not like the old days when you would carry 6-8 bowling balls and use them all in a night of bowling.
There are lots of true bowlers who would like to know what bowling in a professional tournament is like. The Amateur Bowlers Tour (ABT) will do that. They offer handicap tournaments with the Classic Division, (avg 189 and under), Masters Division,(224 and under) and some of their branches offer scratch tournaments which will get you very close to the PBA in terms of competition and pressure. The ABT offers anyone an opportunity to set up a branch and run tournaments.
The ABT, based in Salt Lake City, Utah is sponsored by Storm Bowling Products and has grown to be the largest bowling tournament club in the U.S. Their goal is to offer all bowlers the chance to bowl in a pro style tournament. They guarantee minimum first place prizes in their Classic Division. Franchises are available.
So, if bowling in pro style tournaments is something you would like to try, contact the ABT and find about them and how to get involved.