Thursday, November 17, 2016

Nationwide Insurance Renews Sponsorship of Professional Women’s Bowling Association

Nationwide will return as the official insurance sponsor of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour for the 2017 season.

As part of its sponsorship deal with the PWBA, Nationwide will be the title sponsor of the PWBA event in Rochester, New York. The Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open will take place July 13-15 at AMF Gates Lanes.
“Nationwide’s partnership with the PWBA Tour has allowed us to become part of the bowling community, and we’re excited to continue this successful relationship,” said Ann Ritterspach, Associate Vice President, Nationwide Affinity Relationship Management. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue our support of the pro women’s tour and for Nationwide local agents to engage bowling fans at several PWBA Tour stops this upcoming season.”

The 2017 PWBA Tour season kicks off April 27-29 at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California. The tour once again will feature four major events – the United States Bowling Congress Queens, PWBA Players Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and the PWBA Tour Championship – and 13 of the 14 events will be televised on CBS Sports Network, including live coverage of the four majors.

Nationwide will be featured on the PWBA Tour broadcasts on CBS Sports Network.

“It’s great to see Nationwide continuing its support of the PWBA Tour,” PWBA spokesperson and star Kelly Kulick said. “Respected partners such as Nationwide are so important as we continue to draw more competitors and fans to the PWBA Tour and build a future for the sport.”

To learn more about exclusive offers from Nationwide, bowling fans can go to

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Radical Bowling Presents Three New Balls

Guru™ Pearl Limited 
The Guru Pearl Limited is a pearl version of the number one selling original black Radical Guru. The Limited provides added length while maintaining the same strong hook motion, backend recovery, and incredible hitting power as the original.

Ridiculous™ Pearl 
The Ridiculous Pearl adds more length and an even more aggressive move at the breakpoint making it an outstanding option for lighter oil lane conditions and a perfect choice for bowlers with slower ball speed and/or higher rev rate. The Pearl adds a new dimension to the Ridiculous line up.

The Xeno features a strong asymmetric core utilizing our innovative finger scoop technology wrapped with an aggressive resin formulation to provide great all-purpose ball motion with more backend continuation for greater entry angle into the pocket.

Due to the success of the Guru line and continued requests from many of Radical supporters, Radical decided to release the original Guru in a pearl cover – the Guru Pearl Limited. The Guru Pearl Limited will be a great addition for anyone who has an original Guru.

The second release is a pearl version of the #1 selling Reliable price point ball, the RidiculousRadical has taken the proven performance of the head turning Ridiculous and made it more aggressive at the breakpoint by adding their newest pearl cover formulation. With the new Ridiculous Pearl, the company suggests they have created the next level flip monster. The ocean blue Ridiculous Pearl offers a new level of skid/flip ball motion and will certainly be the go-to ball when more backend reaction is desired.

The new Xeno (meaning alien or strange and pronounced “ZEE-NO”) offers strong-off-the-spot ball motion with excellent continuation through the pins. The Radical ball testers have reported that the Xeno never over-read the dry and never over-skidded in the oil, something that is rarely achieved in today’s performance bowling balls. This combination of strong asymmetric core and unique coverstock formulation promises to be another perfect ball for the house conditions using medium to moderately heavy oil. Xeno gives another outstanding value to league bowlers by offering great performance at the upper-mid price point…now that is Radical.

Roto Grip Announces Four Balls for Fall

Roto Grip No Rules My Chaotic™ Core unleashes its dynamic motion and adapts to any lane condition. Pair that with my Neon Green / Neon Orange / Black Micro DNA™ Solid Reactive Coverstock and I’ve got all the traction I need. The heaviest oil can’t faze me as I shred the rulebook and my competition. The No Rules is finished with a 2000-grit pad.
Roto Grip Wreck-It My solid Neutron™ Core propels my strong, steady motion, and my all-new Gold & White Pearl / Black solid, Psyched™ Hybrid Reactive Coverstock pulls it all together for a solid finish. Built for any level of play, I’m proof that great performance doesn’t have to break the bank. The Wreck-It is finished smooth with a 3000 grit pad.
Roto Grip Hustle When we’re expected to perform, trust us — we don’t hold back. Our dynamic Hustle™ Core drives the motion and keeps the control, but with both the Psyched™ and Stoked™ Hybrid Reactive coverstocks to choose from, you determine your breakpoint. Make your choice and let’s get started.

The Hustle PRO (Purple, Raspberry, Orange) features two parts Solid coverstock and one part pearl, named the Psyched™ Hybrid Reactive Coverstock. The mix is Purple & Raspberry Solid/ Orange Pearl. While the Hustle SAY (Silver & Aqua Pearl / Yellow Solid) is two parts pearl with one part solid coverstock, to be known as the Stoked™ Hybrid cover.  Both Hustle balls are finished to 1500 grit and polished. 


ARLINGTON, Texas – Take a quick look at the field of players competing each week on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, such as this week’s PWBA Lexington Open, and you will see a list littered with players who were in college within the last five or so years.
While these competitors are trying to make their mark on the PWBA Tour, there is a smaller group who have nothing to prove, except maybe to themselves.
The PWBA Lexington Open takes place this week at Collins Bowling Center – Eastland in Lexington, Kentucky. There will be a practice session at 5 p.m. Thursday, with competition starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday with the first of two six-game qualifying blocks. Play continues Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with a cashers’ round and continues through match play and its unique group stepladder.
While most tour stops feature those still seeking a PWBA title, it also has veteran players such as Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Anne Marie Duggan, and Leanne Hulsenberg – all who have skins on the wall but still love to compete.

All three won PWBA Player of the Year awards before the tour ceased operations in 2003 and each was eager to compete again. Hulsenberg owns 26 PWBA career titles to rank third on the all-time PWBA career titles list, while Dorin-Ballard has 20. Lisa Wagner leads the list with 32 titles with Aleta Sill second at 31.
Dorin-Ballard started the season in Las Vegas by reaching the group stepladder and has cashed in six of the eight events this season. She has three top-11 finishes, five top-25 finishes but, of course, still wants more, though she will miss this week’s stop because of business commitments.
“I’ve been bowling OK; it’s definitely not good enough for me,” said Dorin-Ballard. “I’m bowling better than I did last year. I’ve made a few changes, like where my hand sits and how my body is positioned. It may not look different but the feel is different so I do struggle with it every now and then. I’m happy with the way I’m bowling, but not satisfied.”
While it might sound like she’s being overly critical of herself, Dorin-Ballard says that always has been one of her biggest assets.
“I think I was able to channel that and that was one asset that made me as competitive as I was on the PWBA Tour,” she said. “My philosophy was to always give myself a chance to win every week. And I did that. There are weeks now that I don’t feel like I do that, and that’s what bothers me the most.”
But things have changed since her last time on the PWBA Tour. More than a decade ago, she and her husband, former Professional Bowlers Association standout Del Ballard Jr., both were competing on their respective tours with Del later becoming a coach. The couple now has a 12-year-old daughter, which has made for changes.
“We (Del and her) only had to worry about ourselves, so now it’s quite different,” she said. “It’s harder to leave home and it bothers me to miss some things. But it’s really cool to be out here with some of my old friends.”
Besides old friends, she also has the opportunity to see the next generation of bowlers, plus the bowling styles and equipment that are quite different than what she watched on the previous PWBA Tour. And with so many of the players making their first trek on a professional tour, a few have reached out to learn from the veterans.
“Some of them ask some great questions and look for a little advice,” she said. “It’s been cool. There was nothing for so many years, so they didn’t really know who to turn to. Here, Leanne, Anne Marie and myself, we have a fountain of knowledge about everything – and we’re not just talking about how to throw a bowling ball.”
So while she continues to work to make a PWBA show on CBS Sports Network as competitor, instead of working on TV as a broadcaster, she’ll also continue to enjoy the opportunity to once again be on the PWBA Tour.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t having fun and still love it,” Dorin-Ballard said. “I do. I love it. I love throwing a ball as much now as I did then.”
All rounds of the PWBA Lexington Open will be broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. Visit XtraFrame.TV for more information.

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Thursday, June 30

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.:  Practice
7 p.m.:  VIP event
Friday, July 1
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Practice
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Six games of qualifying
5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Six games of qualifying
Saturday, July 2
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Cashers’ round – six games
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.:  Round-robin match play – six games
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.:  Group stepladder finals
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.:  Pro-Am
Sunday, July 3
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.:  Pro-Am

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hammer Introduces Dark Legend Solid and Rebel

Legends are looked up to and idolized. Future generations will aspire to be like today's Legends. What makes a Legend so great and awe inspiring is their toughness and willingness to never give up or quit. The Greatest Legend's strength and power come from deep within, their Dark Side. The Hammer Dark Legend solid, arriving August 9th, 2016. The Blue/Black Semtex solid cover, finished 500/2000, wraps the legendary Gas Mask core, enough said.

The new Hammer Rebel is a mid performance ball with new Rebel core (low RG and medium differential) designed to create more revolutions

for the bowler which in turn creates a stronger reaction on the lane. The 500/1000 Abralon TM surface finished with Factory Finish Polish is perfect for medium oil patterns. The added texture underneath the polished finish allows the Rebel to perform at its best. The NBT Pearl coverstock pushes the Rebel through the front part of the lane enhancing its reaction at the back end. World wide release is July 5th, 2016.

Track Adds Heat X-Treme and Cyborg Balls

Track Heat line has been the most iconic in the Track brand. Filling the shoes of greatness is never an easy task, but at Track, they feel they knocked this one out of the park. The new Heat X-Treme takes mid-performance to a whole new level with unimaginable traction in oil.

Offering the perfect fusion of core and overstock technology, the new Cyborg from Track Bowling allows the bowler to target high scores with laser-like precision. It's time to Bowl Like a Machine.    Watch the Cyborg, CLICK