Thursday, November 19, 2015

TRACK Will Reissue The Heat

Track Heat - When reintroducing great products from the past, companies have to be very careful. Simply putting the same name on the ball isn’t enough. We know how much this ball and its motion has meant to the brand loyalists, that’s why it was crucial for us to recreate this iconic bowling ball to perform as close as to the original as possible.

The Modified Tri-Core is a throwback to the original core design found in the original Heat. We’ve matched the RG perfectly to the original while lowering the flare potential slightly to match up better with today’s stronger covers.

We’ve designed the DR-5 Pearl Cover specifically with the brand new Heat in mind. This cover creates minimal traction in the front half of the lane. This allows the core and cover to shine at the back end of the lane where everyone wants to see their ball hook.The Modified Tri-Core is a throwback to the original core design found in the original Heat. We’ve matched the RG perfectly to the original while lowering the flare potential slightly to match up better with today’s stronger covers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Roto Grips Winter Introduction

Roto Grip Eternal Cell, the 1500-grit Polished Raspberry/Orange/Black 72M™ Solid Reactive Cover surrounds the Cell and Hyper Cell Nucleus™ core. Design intent was for this ball to be used more on medium lane conditions, but can be used by slower players on more oil or faster ball speed players can use the ball on more lightly oiled or drier lanes.

Roto Grips’s new Critical features the Triliptic™ core from the Theory and Critical Theory, with a 3000-grit Pad finish of Purple & Green Pearl and Grey Solid reactive coverstock, the 67MH™ Hybrid Reactive veneer. Design intent for the Critical is for Medium-Heavy conditions.

Roto Grip’s new Hectic, slides into the spot next to the Devour with it’s Violet Pearl/Smoke Pearl 50ML™ Pearl Reactive coverstock 1500-grit and Polished, this medium to light oil bowl uses the Late Roll 56™ core.

Two New Balls From Hammer

Black Widow Limited takes Hammer’s most successful core, the Gas Mask Core, and marries it with a brand new explosive Semtex Pearl cover.

This limited production release was originally designed for the 2015 Men's US Open Pro-Am. Supplies are very limited, make sure to get your orders in today! 

Hammer introduces another option in the Arson series. The Arson High Flare’s Max-Hook solid coverstock is a solid reactive resin ball, carbon fiber infused, and finished to a 500/3000 grit Abralon finish. Design intention is for the High Flare to roll strong in the mid-lane and exhibit predictable backend motion driven by the Modified Arson 2 core.   

This makes the new Hammer a good match on medium oil patterns.

While the original High Flare shows it's strength at the back end of the lane, the  brand new Arson High Flare Solid is equally strong in the mid-lane but is as consistent as they come with its motion through the back end of the lane. 

Carbon fiber is one of the toughest materials on earth. Hammer decided to add this material to the inner core of this ball for added strength and durability allowing them to offer an unmatched 3 year warranty.

MOTIV Introduces The Octane Burn

MOTIV Octane Burn is Blue Flame Pearl Helix™ SFD Pearl Reactive Coverstock finished to 500 Grit LSP wrapped around the Quadfire™ core. Design intent for Light-Medium Oil with strong Angular Motion.

“When the oil pattern breaks down, the Octane Burn will light up the rack. Built for light to medium oil, it provides more length than the Forza Redline and the Venom Panic, while delivering a strong backend motion” reports MOTIV.

The Blue Flame pearl cover stock on the Octane™ Burn features our new Helix™ SFP Reactive technology. Complimented with a 5500 Grit LSP finish, this cover is clean with a strong response to friction.  Compared to the original Octane, while being angular, this new shell has a slightly smoother transition and does offer a little more control.  

World Wide Release date is December 9, 2015. 

Ebonite's Warrior Elite

Ebonite unleashes a new Warrior

The Green Pearl/Black solid hybrid GB 13.3 coverstock surrounds the Iron Fist core of the Warrior Elite.

“Look for strong mid-lane roll from the new GB 13.3 Hybrid cover, which displaces oil faster than any cover we’ve ever produced,” reported Ebonite.

World Wide Release date is December 1st, 2015.

Raw Urge Is New from Columbia 300

From the Orangeline collection, the new Columbia 300 Raw Urge is Black/Green/Yellow solid reactive cover called AR350, finished to 500/2000 Abralon®. 

Design intent is for strong continuous hook, featuring the Ironman core from the Urge.

World Wide Release Date: December 1st, 2015. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

USBC Unveils 2017 Open Championship Changes and Enhancements

ARLINGTON, Texas – When the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships heads to Las Vegas in 2017, the storied event will have several enhancements, highlighted by a new divisional structure. 

The new elements for the event come from recommendations of a task force comprised of tournament participants, volunteer leaders and staff. The task force used surveys of bowlers and historical data from the event to make recommendations to the USBC Board, which approved the new components.

The USBC Open Championships also will have adjustments made to policies concerning professional bowlers, scale-room procedures and announcement of lane conditions.

“We are proud of the process that led to creating the future of the USBC Open Championships,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “Our customers have been asking for improvements to this event, so we assembled a diverse task force with significant bowler input and came together with a clear consensus on how to move forward.”

The 2017 tournament will feature a new division called the Standard Division for bowlers with entering averages of 181-209. The Regular Division now will be for bowlers with averages of 210 and above, while the Classified Division remains for bowlers who have averages of 180 and below.

All three divisions will have team, doubles, singles and optional all-events, with combined entering averages being used for team and doubles placement.

“Research and feedback showed the task force that our largest demographic at the Open Championships wanted a better experience,” Murphy said. “The 190- or 200-average league bowler wants to compete against others of similar skill. The current scoring gap between the top and bottom half of the Regular Division is not an ideal peer-to-peer competition.”

The task force also recommended a series of adjustments to improve the integrity and fairness of the Open Championships. Starting in 2017, USBC will not publish the lane patterns until after the event. USBC also will discontinue providing information about lane-play strategies, including BowlTV live streaming of complete games and fixed live webcams at the event. 

“The task force unanimously agreed that having access to the lane pattern provides an unquestionable advantage to bowlers with access to modern lane machines and centers closely matching the Open Championships lane surface,” Murphy said. “Success in USBC Championships should be based on the skill of the bowler, not whether you live near the right facility or have the resources to build arsenals to match a pattern. This change moves the keys to success back to shot-making and skill, rather than personal resources.” 

Part of the more than 110 years of history and tradition at the Open Championships is a focus on equipment integrity, which includes weighing and checking every bowling ball used on the tournament lanes. In 2017, all equipment will be weighed and checked prior to both team and doubles/singles competition. 

The task force also recommended making the Open Championships an event fully open to professional bowlers. In 2017, all professional bowlers will be able to compete, within parameters, and only in the Regular Division. The parameters include limits on the number of Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) national titleholders who may compete on the same team.

The new rules, policies and procedures do not impact the 2016 tournament at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

In light of the task force recommendations, USBC will implement some additional policy changes as well. 

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, USBC national headquarters employees and Championships tournament staff no longer will be eligible to receive prize money, bracket winnings or awards from USBC national events due to USBC’s conflict-of-interest policy