Thursday, December 31, 2015

TRACK Announces the Pearl Paradox

New from TRACK the Paradox Pearl. With the Purple Pearl QR-9 Pearl coverstock, finished to 500/1000 Abralon™ then Polished, the new Paradox features the I-Core 2.0. Designed for medium to heavy lane conditions, expect a strong backend reaction. 

Look for the TRACK Paradox pearl worldwide on January 19th, 2016. 

Info On Four New Balls from Storm Roll In

The word ‘alpha’ can take on a few different meanings. It can imply a beginning or launch of something. Additionally, it can reference social dominance. However you look at it, the introduction of the new Storm Alpha Crux is sure to help you impose your dominance on the lanes.

It features exciting new technology in the coverstock which is sure to take the lead in many categories. Immaculately finished with a 2000-grit Abralon® pad, the new Alpha Crux is the perfect vessel to showcase the GI-16™ solid reactive coverstock. Following up on the GI-15™ (Game Improvement-2015) coverstock introduced on the Lock™, the solid GI-16 is a force to be reckoned with. There is discontent for oil in its veins. In its DNA lies caverns of porosity and cliffs so deep that the shell acts like oars on a canoe helping your ball turn the corner on command.     

The proven Catalyst Core featured in the original Crux and Crux Pearl has left bowlers wanting more. More strikes, more hook, and more winning. It’s a dynamic asymmetrical design that really stands on its own. And it’s powerful, relentless, and unforgiving. It never backs down and, with the Alpha Crux in your hand, neither will you.
Storm’s relentless commitment to the pursuit of perfect ball motion fuels their research and development team. They don’t just think outside the box, they question why the box was even there in the first place!  

The new Phaze features both innovative core and coverstock technology, proving again that Storm is the leader in bowling innovation. And we can all agree that while new technology is always interesting, it really only matters to you if it produces something that helps you score better. After all, no one wins a tournament based on anything other than pinfall!

Advancements in the core shape are easily seen with the naked eye.  This fast-revving shape, the aptly-named, supercharged Velocity™ Core helps you crush pin after pin as it produces more ball motion than any other shape in our Master Line.

So, what’s this new coverstock, you might ask? It’s a shell like no other – just one look and you can see it’s completely different. The AX-16™ pearl reactive has a new additive that alters the texture of the surface, creating gripping power that refuses to step down. The new Phaze is up to any challenge thrown its way. And with a Storm ball in your hand, there’s nothing that can phase you!

With 25 years of manufacturing and R&D experience, Storm has been a growing and thriving company dedicated to serving bowlers across the globe. In fact, the Storm name still continues to grow throughout the world today.

From Storm: “We are 'The Bowlers Company™' for a reason— we are vigilantly looking out for our customers' best interests each and every day. We work hard crafting unique and special products which help you, the bowler, knock down more pins and achieve higher scores. And we're sure you'll see the benefits of this consistent effort the very minute you get your hands on the ferociously innovative Fight™.”

The pins aren't always going to willingly lay down for you. Sometimes they put up a fight. So in development of our new Fight bowling ball, we explored some engineering concepts related to core volume, and were able to show through testing that this concept worked in creating a different break point position and shape. The difference with the Iron Cross™ weight block is that it is the largest weight block Storm has ever developed. And while it was challenging to create this much flare potential in a design which retains this much axis rotation, we're confident you'll see the benefits.

Also from Storm: “The Bowler’s Company.” “You’ve heard the tag line before, right? To us it’s more than just a catch phrase, a few words to try to hang your hat on. Storm truly is the bowlers company because, through and through, we are a company of bowlers like no other. We know bowling, and we have a passion for excellence both on and off the lanes.”
And sometimes those lane conditions can get quite tricky! If the lanes are really dry and it’s hard to control the pocket, many top competitors put down their reactive balls in favor of traditional urethanes.  

Storm’s new Pitch Blue™ combines proven technology principles of yesterday with modern day science. The result is a new Controll™ Plus pearl urethane coverstock that is cleaner through the heads than the original Pitch Black and more responsive at the break point. It’s a must for every tournament player. 

The symmetrical and stable Capacitor™ Core helps regulate your flare potential with thunderous results. 

The new Storm additions will ship world wide on Feb 2nd. for the Phase and Fight, March 1st for the Alpha Crux and Pitch Blue.

DV8 Adds Two Balls at The End of January

DV8 is excited to introduce two new performance balls, Grudge and Diva XOXO.

The new Grudge and Diva XOXO both feature the enhancement of Composite technology that intensifies the performance characteristics of their standard base reactive systems. The result is significantly more hook in the “Hook” base reactive and significantly more flip in the “Flip” base reactive.  

The black/purple/white Grudge utilizes new Composite Hook solid coverstock matched with a brand new asymmetric core design to provide what DV8 describes as “Hook-in-a-Box” ball motion. The Grudge is an incredible ball for heavy oil lane conditions, and it is going to turn some heads.

The purple/silver Diva XOXO combines our new Composite Flip pearl coverstock with the proven Diva core to provide length, flip, and lots of strikes. The combination of great looks and impressive performance makes the Diva XOXO a real sweetheart of a bowling ball.  

The Grudge and Diva XOXO will start shipping worldwide on January 26, 2016.

Two New Balls for Ebonite in January

New from Ebonite, Game Breaker 2 MVP. The new Game Breaker is Cherry/Dual Blue GB 10.7 Hybrid coverstock finished to 500/1000 Abralon™ then polished with the Gamebreaker Enhanced V2 core. Design intent is for Medium to light lane conditions, depending on your skills, with strength in the mid-lane and backend.  

Also at Ebonite, the Adrenaline Overload. The Black/Blue/Silver GB 12.0 Pearl coverstock is finished 500/3000 Abralon™, then wrapped around the Adrenaline core. Designed for medium to heavy oil with strong backend, with appropriate skills, look for a nice compliment to the Adrenaline Shot. 

Look for these new Ebonite balls worldwide on Jan 19th, 2016.

New MOTIV Jackal Carnage

MOTIV Jackal Carnage will debut on January 20th, 2016. The Jackal Carnage Red/Red Solid Coercion™ XFS coverstock, finished to 3000 Grit LSS, is designed for heavy oil but the Predator™ Asymmetric core (in the Raptor Talon) should provide a smooth motion. The NEOMARK™ color labeling is Black Pearl/Gray Pearl.

The new Jackel Carnage is being released worldwide January 20th, 2016.

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015


TRACK introduces its newest ball, the Legion solid featuring the LT-2 core and MR-6 solid coverstock. 

The LT-2 Core features a medium RG creating strong revs throughout the entire lane. With just over 4” of flare potential, the Legion conserves most of its energy for the breakpoint, creating an explosive entry angle to the pocket. 

The popular MR-6 Solid cover provides a strong mid-lane roll with an outstanding move at the breakpoint. The Legion Solid is best suited for medium to oily lane conditions and will provide more overall hook compared to the original Legion.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


ARLINGTON, Texas – Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world, in collaboration with the United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, will provide a new level of lane integrity for bowlers at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open.

Bowlmor AMF worked with USBC and Lane Analytics to complete a comprehensive topography evaluation of the lanes at host center AMF Garland Lanes, ahead of the event that will take place Nov. 2-8 in Garland, Texas.

Each board of every lane was inspected and leveled every three feet in 18 locations per lane. As a result, 99 percent of the crowns and depressions plus cross-tilts are within twenty-thousandths of an inch of flat. This dramatically exceeds USBC’s minimum standard of forty-thousandths of an inch using three inspection locations per lane.

“Bowlmor AMF is committed to competitive bowling and playing a leading role in moving the sport forward in a positive way,” Bowlmor AMF Vice President of Leagues Jay Lietman said. “We are proud to create a world-class venue for the U.S. Open and strive to provide an exceptional experience for our league bowlers across the country as well.”

Details of the U.S. Open lane pattern also are designed to achieve a higher level of competition integrity. The lane pattern will not be revealed until immediately before official practice at AMF Garland Lanes. Additionally, there will be no re-oiling of the lanes between squads.

“From an integrity perspective, Bowlmor AMF has provided a venue of the same high quality you find with a custom installation such as the USBC Open Championships,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “With no information being provided about the pattern in advance of the event and also no re-oiling procedure during the event, we have taken a step further to leveling the playing field. Multiple angles will need to be played throughout the event to be successful. It’s exciting to think about and I’m looking forward to it.”

USBC plans to use the partnership model developed with Bowlmor AMF to improve lane topography for future host centers of championship events. Limiting the release of lane pattern information already is standard practice for the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships and most recently, the 2016 Junior Gold Championships.

While many equate a golf scorecard to bowling’s pattern information, Murphy explained a golf scorecard doesn’t change, since yardages are always the same, but bowling patterns migrate on top of the lane with every shot so it’s not static and is always evolving.

“The static piece in bowling is topography of the lane,” Murphy said. “In golf, the scorecard or yardage book that a PGA professional receives the morning of competition is the topography while the pattern is the rough, the speed of the green and the wind. In bowling, the lane map is the topography while the pattern is the factor that changes from shot to shot. For the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open, we have done the work to ensure the lanes are in championship condition by making sure the lanes are well within specification. We also are delivering a scorecard to competitors. You can see a detailed report on the topography of the lanes at AMF Garland Lanes here.

“It is USBC’s role to create a level playing field where the athlete’s skill determines the outcome as we continue to build a future for the sport. We appreciate having a great partner hosting the U.S. Open to help make it possible.”

For more information on the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open, visit

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

Storm's Paint the Lanes Pink promotion donates a portion of the sale of specific PTLP Awareness Products to Cancer Research.  

October officially is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Storm is asking bowlers around the world to help Paint the Lanes PINK® to SAVE LIVES.  This on-going charitable project is designed to raise invaluable funds in support of breast cancer research.
The Storm charitable partners in the fight against breast cancer are the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Striking Against Breast Cancer Foundation, as we donate a portion of the proceeds from every sale of PTLP products to these vital breast cancer research supported foundations.
About The Huntsman Cancer Institute
Hope Through Research | Hope Through Education | Hope Through Care
Huntsman Cancer Institute has been created, through the generosity of the Huntsman Family, to find the causes of cancer, to develop new and better treatments, and to prevent people from ever developing cancer.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is part of the University of Utah Health Care system. HCI is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest standards for cancer care and research and receives support for its scientific endeavors.
Learn more about our Cancer Center Research Programs.
HCI is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers. NCCN is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.
To learn more about the Huntsman Cancer Institute, visit HuntsmanCancerInstitute
About Striking Against Breast Cancer
Striking Against Breast Cancer is a foundation grown out of the bowling community in support of raising much needed funds for research.  SABC raises monies through its' annual Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament affectionately known around the world as "The LUCI".  
Since its inception in 2000, "The LUCI" has grown exponentially over the years now to the point of garnering attention from the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women's Bowling Assocation (PWBA), bringing it to the forefront with live coverage through the PBA's Xtra Frame.  
For the first time, the 16-year-old fund-raising tournament, held in the memory of former PWBA competitor Luci Bonneau, awarded PBA Tour and PWBA Tour titles to the winners, if they are PBA/PWBA members.
To learn more about Striking Against Breast Cancer and the PBA Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, visit
Paint the Lanes PINK® to SAVE LIVES
Because of the incredible support of the bowling community, Storm Products has been able to make an impact with breast cancer research – we are eternally grateful, thank you. 
But because we have a unique worldwide stage, we are asking that you join us in the fight by purchasing our products featuring the “Paint the Lanes PINK” initiative. 
In doing so, you can be rest assured that you are helping to SAVE LIVES.  
Because of your support Storm Products has been able to donate $70,632.72 to Breast Cancer research - Thank You!

Friday, October 2, 2015

30th Anniversary Ball from Storm Coming in November

Storm plans to introduce the IQ Tour 30, a pearl IQ, obviously other than color, like the original Gold Tour IQ, which left the market too soon. Look for the 30th Anniversary ball in November 2015.

So what is it that makes these IQ Tour balls so special? They are very unique in the fact that they have a one of a kind core that cannot be found elsewhere.

The C³™ Centripetal Control Core which is engineered to yield ample mid-lane roll with its low radius of gyration, or center of gravity. Think of a figure skater with their arms pulled in. They spin quickly and so does this weight block shape! In addition, the differential, or imbalance, of this core is not extensive.

Many balls in this category have a higher differential to produce more hook or ball motion. The C³ shape is designed for higher rev players and those looking for a smoother change of direction.

And while the most famed R2S™ Pearl Reactive shell encases this core, you're sure to find that awesome dry lane traction you have come to love with Storm.

Celebrating Storm's 30th Anniversary in the bowling business, the new IQ Tour 30 is sure to be a hit for anyone who ever threw the Gold Ball, the IQ Tour Pearl.  Release date:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DV8 Unveils Two New Balls for October

New DV8 High performance ball - the THUG™ LIFE. The composite pearl coverstock is Blue / Silver / Neon Green, finished with 500 grit Siaair pad, and Royal Compound, wrapping the Thug low RG Asymmetric core.

DV8 also introduces the DEVIANT™. Devised for medium to oily lane conditions, the new Black / Dark Red Deviant is the V composite solid cover finished to 500 grit (Siaair) and Royal Compound is the last stage.  The “engine” of the new Deviant is the Deviant Medium RG Symmetric core. 

The two new balls Worldwide release is October 27th.

Radical Bowling Technologies Announces 2 New Balls

Radical Technologies announces the introduction of the Guru Supreme. “We all know that the Guru (61 hook rating by independent testers) set the bar by which all future balls are rated and that the Guru Master raised the bar even higher (62.5 hook rating by independent testers). Well, we are happy to announce that the Guru Supreme takes hook to an unbelievably new level.”
The new Guru Supreme is Black / Light Blue Solid, with a finish of 500, 1500 Siaair Micro Pad wrapped around the Guru Asymmetric core with Offset and Scoop Technology.

Also from Radical: “Many will ask what is too much hook, and the Guru Supreme should help us find out. Using our proven Guru core, we amped up the ball motion with the use of a new resin formulation, and the results open up a new world of performance for the Radical product line. Our intensive market research and sales data indicate that Hook sells, and we are very excited about what the Guru Supreme can offer to bowlers who are looking for stronger ball motion. The Guru Supreme…more hook and more Radical than ever before.”

The story about the Chicago Bear’s Devin Hester and a new ball from Radical: “Ridiculous.”

When a group of ball testers all look at each other after throwing the ball and say that a ball is ridiculous, you have only two things left to do…name it and build it.

The new Ridiculous delivers a new ball motion that is sure to turn heads. The goal at Radical was to impact backend reaction the way the Guru line has impacted the hook dimension of the game, and with the Ridiculous, Radical is pleased to deliver a new performance ball that delivers insanely strong backend reaction. Radical reports: “We have seen it and tested it, and we are now delivering it. It is time to get Ridiculous!”

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The MOTIV Revolt Havoc

The announcement for the new MOTIV Revolt™ Havoc: 

“The new MOTIV Revolt™ Havoc is a devastating weapon for medium-heavy oil with the unique ability to read the lane early, yet provide unbelievable continuation. It's a ball motion that seemed impossible...until now.”  

Pretty heady stuff, but their recent High Performance offerings have compared well to the other manufacturers HP balls. Vanquish core from the Revolt series this ball is topped with the Helix coverstock finished to 3000 grit (500/1000/2000). 

Further MOTIV suggests: “Because the Revolt™ Havoc is incredibly strong, it is an obvious fit for speed dominant and low rev players. And because it has the unique ability to still provide tremendous continuation, the ball is also a versatile weapon for competitive bowlers that have higher rev rates. While these players typically experience a weak finish from strong equipment, they will experience outstanding continuation from the Revolt™ Havoc on higher volume patterns.” 

Not much more can be said. World Wide Release Date is October 14th, 2015.