Talk Bowling Episode 118: How To Raise Your Bowling Average to 200

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Jul 112016
 

Talk Bowling – Episode #118

Talk Bowling is proud to be bringing you the latest information from the bowling industry, bowling tips and updates from the world’s largest bowling website, bowlingball.com.

Question from Facebook:

Q – Hi I’m a 199 average bowler, I have averaged 199 for almost 2 years now, i hardly ever miss single pins or multipin spare combos what can I do to raise my average to 200+ – Bradley McKinnon

Question from YouTube:

Q – Does one’s PAP change when using different hand positions?

Upcoming Product Releases:
July 12 – Brunswick Mastermind Strategy & Fanatic, Radical Guru Pearl Limited, DV8 Grudge Hybrid & Freakshow

July 13 – Motiv Forza GT

July 19 – Ebonite Warrior Supreme and Columbia Sideswipe

August 2 – Roto Grip No Rules and Wreck-It

August 9 – Hammer Dark Legend Solid, Brunswick Absolute Nirvana, Fanatic BTU, Track Heat X-Treme, Radical Ridiculous Pearl & Xeno, DV8 Vandal Smash and Deviant Pearl

August 23 – Columbia Swerve GT and Ebonite Game Breaker 2 Phenom

Contests:

We give a bowling ball away each week on bowlingball.com. Just click the 52 weeks/52 winners image on the right side of the page to register.

Bowlingboards.com also gives away a bowling ball each week. Head over to bowlingboards.com, register and make at least one post per week to be entered.

Pyramid Bowling also has weekly giveaways on their Facebook page, facebook.com/PyramidBowling.

All contests reset each week, so be sure and sign up every week.

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – Who was the first PBA player to win the coveted Triple Crown of bowling?

A – Billy Hardwick

This Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – What was the name of the team professional bowling organization prior to the advent of the Professional Bowlers Association?

Closing:
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Talk Bowling Episode 117: BowlVersity & Can I Bowl Well While Squeezing?

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Jun 232016
 

Talk Bowling – Episode #117

Talk Bowling is proud to be bringing you the latest information from the bowling industry, bowling tips and updates from the world’s largest bowling website, bowlingball.com.

Rich Carrubba is a PBA champion and creates most of our articles for the BowlVersity section of bowlingball.com. You can find BowlVersity at http://www.bowlingball.com/BowlVersity

Question from YouTube:

Q – Can you be a good bowler while squeezing? I can’t throw the ball without squeezing my thumb against the inside of the thumb hole. If I don’t squeeze, the ball falls off my hand and goes nowhere. I average 183 right now but that’s mostly cause I miss spares. Thanks! – Steven Vincent

Upcoming Product Releases:
July 1 – 900 Global Inception, Truth, Special Ops, Drift and AMF Great Escape
July 12 – Brunswick Mastermind Strategy & Fanatic, Radical Guru Pearl Limited, DV8 Grudge Hybrid & Freakshow
July 13 – Motiv Forza GT
August 9 – Brunswick Absolute Nirvana,Fanatic BTU, Radical Ridiculous Pearl & Xeno, DV8 Vandal Smash and Deviant Pearl

Contests:
We give a bowling ball away each week on bowlingball.com. Just click the 52 weeks/52 winners image on the right side of the page to register.

Bowlingboards.com also gives away a bowling ball each week. Head over to bowlingboards.com, register and make at least one post per week to be entered.

Pyramid Bowling also has weekly giveaways on their Facebook page, facebook.com/PyramidBowling.

All contests reset each week, so be sure and sign up every week.

How to contact us
Email us questions@talkbowling.com
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Twitter: @TalkBowling
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Last Week’s Question of the Week:
Q – When did the former American Bowling Congress become the United States Bowling Congress?
A – January 1, 2005

This Week’s Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first PBA player to win the coveted Triple Crown of bowling?

Closing:
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Talk Bowling Episode 116: How To Create More Ball Speed & Can I Sand A Pearl Bowling Ball?

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Jun 092016
 

Talk Bowling – Episode #116

Talk Bowling is proud to be bringing you the latest information from the bowling industry, bowling tips and updates from the world’s largest bowling website, bowlingball.com.

Question from Facebook:

Q – I can’t get my speed up more than 13 mph. I’ve tried more backswing, faster approach, even using lots of power behind it. It just doesn’t get any faster. Any tips? From Matthew Flores

A – There are several ways to create ball speed, the easiest being taking faster steps to the line. Getting your body moving faster will create more momentum behind the ball once it leaves your hand. However, you’ve tried this and it isn’t working for you.

The most likely reason that you can’t create more ball speed is because your swing is too muscled. When you try to throw the ball harder, you actually can accomplish the opposite. Much like in golf when you try to crush the ball, your swing speed will drop, where if you swing nice and easy, you relax your arms and your swing speed increases.

In bowling, you need to let gravity do the work for you. Let the ball swing your arm, not the opposite. Doing this will relax the muscles in your arm, freeing up your swing to create more ball speed.

Question from YouTube:

Q – What if I only have one ball & I can’t seem to get my ball to hook into the pocket? What should I do? – Marcus Png

A – Marcus, there are a few things you can do if your ball isn’t hooking enough for the lane conditions.

You can slow down your ball speed allowing the coverstock more time to grip the lane surface.

You can add more revolutions. With this you need to be sure to add more revolutions with forward roll though, opposed to side roll. Side roll will make the ball skid more where you need the ball to hook sooner.

Play a tighter line to the pocket. Play a more direct line which will reduce the impact of the lane condition.

Question from Twitter:

Q – I want to use a 500 grit abralon pad on a reactive pearl, no polish. is this sensible for heavy oil? @marinexmo

A – A sanded pearl could definitely be a good option on heavy oil for rev dominant or high rev bowlers. Any speed dominant or low rev bowlers should shy away from pearls on heavy conditions.

It’s becoming more of a trend to put matte finishes on pearl reactives. It’s a great way to smooth out the backend reaction and have the ball read the lane a bit earlier.

Upcoming Product Releases:

June 21 – Roto Grip Hustle Purple/Raspberry/Orange and Silver/Aqua/Yellow

July 1 – 900 Global Inception, Truth, Special Ops, Drift and AMF Great Escape

July 13 – Motiv Forza GT

Contests:

We give a bowling ball away each week on bowlingball.com. Just click the 52 weeks/52 winners image on the right side of the page to register.

Bowlingboards.com also gives away a bowling ball each week. Head over to bowlingboards.com, register and make at least one post per week to be entered.

Pyramid Bowling also has weekly giveaways on their Facebook page, facebook.com/PyramidBowling.

All contests reset each week, so be sure and sign up every week.

How to contact us

Email us questions@talkbowling.com

Facebook.com/talkbowling

Twitter: @TalkBowling

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – Where did Mark Roth learn to bowl as a youngster?

A – Rainbow Lanes, Brooklyn, NY

This Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – When did the former American Bowling Congress become the United States Bowling Congress?

Closing:

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Talk Bowling Episode 115: Why Am I Missing My Target Right & Vintage Bowling Balls

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May 242016
 

Talk Bowling is proud to be bringing you the latest information from the bowling industry, bowling tips and updates from the world’s largest bowling website, bowlingball.com.

Question from Twitter:

Q – Why am I consistently missing my target to the right? @Jason_Korn on Twitter

A – There are several reasons why you could be missing your target to the right:

  1. You’re not getting your shoulders closed before release/your shoulders are too open.

  2. Swing path alignment – Your arm may be swinging behind your body.

  3. You may actually be walking in that direction and your entire body isn’t square to the line.

  4. Dominant eye – Right handed bowlers who are left eye dominant will often miss right. I have this issue and I have to aim 2 boards inside of my target in order to hit it. (Dustin)

 

Question from YouTube:

 

Q – Tony why is it that in some balls that you use finger inserts but in some balls you don’t? Is there a reason? Greg Khan

A –  Greg, great question.  As you have noticed over time I will change my grip.  I will bounce between grips, no grips and even sarge easter for a period of time.  I am looking for a specific feel and I use those different grips to achieve that feel.  I do not bowl as much as I used to so there can be long gaps between bowling and sometimes I just need a certain feel to get the desired release and motion I am looking for.  I am a big advocate for the way the ball feels in your hand and I am always willing to play with grips, spans and pitches to get that certain feel.

Question from YouTube:

Q – Why don’t companies do re-releases of classic balls that were and still are so popular years later?

A – Brunswick does have a vintage series where they release updated versions of old favorites. So far they’ve released the Johnny Petraglia Vintage LT-48, Gold Rhino Pro and Danger Zone. Ebonite re-released the Gamebreaker as the Gamebreaker 2.

There are a few reasons why many companies may not re-release classic balls:

  1. Lane conditions and oils have changed so much since some balls were released. If you threw a Piranha in the 90’s and the re-released the exact ball today, you’re not going to see the same reaction.

  2. Many times they’re unable to get the same materials that a ball was once made with or they source their resin from a different company.

All companies do use parts of older favorites even to this day. For example, the Gas Mask core from the Black Widow has been used in numerous balls. Same with the Inverted Fe2 core from the Hy-Road which is a variation of the core used in the Black Thunder, T-Road Solid, etc.

The same with coverstocks. The Cyclone uses the GB 10.7 coverstock that was used on The One. The Storm Match series, Ride series and Tropical series all use the Reactor coverstock that’s been used for years on balls like the Agent and Spit Fire.

 

Upcoming Product Releases:

June 7 – Storm Snap Lock & Rocket Ship

June 8 – Motiv Freestyle Black/Blue Pearl and Black/Pink Pearl

June 21 – Roto Grip Hustle Purple/Raspberry/Orange and Silver/Aqua/Yellow

 

Contests:

We give a bowling ball away each week on bowlingball.com. Just click the 52 weeks/52 winners image on the right side of the page to register.

Bowlingboards.com also gives away a bowling ball each week. Head over to bowlingboards.com, register and make at least one post per week to be entered.

Pyramid Bowling also has weekly giveaways on their Facebook page, facebook.com/PyramidBowling.

All contests reset each week, so be sure and sign up every week.

 

How to contact us

Email us questions@talkbowling.com

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – Who was the first left handed player to win a national PBA tournament?

A – Roy Lown from El Paso, TX

This Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – Where did Mark Roth learn to bowl as a youngster?

 

Closing:

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Talk Bowling Episode 114: PAP and Plastic Bowling Balls & Why Do I Tug The Ball?

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Apr 292016
 

Talk Bowling is proud to be bringing you the latest information from the bowling industry, bowling tips and updates from the world’s largest bowling website, bowlingball.com.

 

Question from Facebook:

Q – Does PAP affect plastic bowling balls?

A – Your PAP isn’t determined by the ball but by how you release it. Your PAP should be measured just as it’s hitting the lane. This is before the core or lane surface is able to have an effect on the roll of the ball. A plastic ball is the best kind of bowling ball to measure your PAP with though, as it will have the least amount of flare.

Here is the link to the video we did on finding your PAP (positive axis point):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsYDqvSLplY

 

Question from YouTube:

Q – How do I stop tugging the bowling ball?

A –  There are a few reasons why you may be tugging the ball but the most common culprit is timing. I know for me personally, whenever my feet get fast, I tend to miss inside. The ball has to catch up with my feet and I end up tugging the ball inside.

Another possible reason could be not keeping your shoulders square to the line. Opening your shoulders too much to the lane can cause you to pull your bowling shoulder back to the line during the downswing, and therefore tugging the ball inside your intended line.

 

Upcoming Product Releases:

May 10 – New Brunswick Rhino series & 2 new T Zones

May 10 – DV8 Outcast Blue Bruiser (new color)

May 10 – Pyramid Pathogen will be re-released

June 7 – Storm Snap Lock & Rocket Ship

 

Contests:

We give a bowling ball away each week on bowlingball.com. Just click the 52 weeks/52 winners image on the right side of the page to register.

Bowlingboards.com also gives away a bowling ball each week. Head over to bowlingboards.com, register and make at least one post per week to be entered.

Pyramid Bowling also has weekly giveaways on their Facebook page, facebook.com/PyramidBowling.

All contests reset each week, so be sure and sign up every week.

 

How to contact us

Email us questions@talkbowling.com

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Twitter: @TalkBowling

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – What was the highest scoring match in PBA history, which bowlers were involved and what were the game scores?

A – Pete Weber vs. Tom Baker, 300-300 tie in 1981 at Celebrity Lanes in Denver was the first time this happened. Also, 1987 – Norm Duke vs Purvis Granger,  1993 – Dave Ozio vs Mike Edwards, 1995 – Norm Duke vs Doug Wallace. (Thanks to Peter Fazzino who answered correctly)

 

This Week’s Question of the Week:

Q – Who was the first left handed player to win a national PBA tournament?

 

Be sure to watch the PBA League Semifinals this Sunday at 1:00 PM on ESPN.

 

Closing:

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