Thursday, January 21, 2016

900 Global Introduces Two New Balls

The new 900 Global Dream Big™ pearl features the 79 Alert™ Pearl Coverstock.  Are you ready for a BIG, jaw-dropping motion downlane? The Identity™ Asymmetric core creates quick revving action with plenty of energy retention. Use the Dream™ Big Pearl on medium-heavy lane conditions for angularity down lane.

The new Respect solid features the S78™ Dig Coverstock provides friction in oil and unrelenting overall hook potential. The Tetra™ Symmetric core is designed for a strong, heavy roll throughout the lane. Use the Respect™ Solid on fresh, higher volume conditions.

Two New Balls Added To Columbia 300 Line-up

The new Reflex pearl coverstock version creates a stronger change of direction at the back end, resulting in “shocking” pin action.

The Swerve FX features the same lower Mass Bias strength core as the original Swerve which makes it very driller friendly and allows the core to perform well for the masses. This core yields a slightly stronger mid-lane read than the typical symmetrical shape, while maintaining the predictability symmetrical balls provide. 

HyperSHOCK Technology is an energy enhancement material added to the outer core to help power the ball through the pins. This viscoelastic material works to control the influence pins have on the balls motion through the pin deck. The Swerve line, with HyperSHOCK Technology, not only gets you to the pocket, but drives through the pins like no other bowling balls on the planet.

New for the Yellow Line Collection, the Delirium Shock is a perfect choice for the bowler looking for great performance without breaking the bank. The Delirium Shock provides a strong mid-lane and back end reaction which will match up perfectly on medium oil patterns. Featuring the Resurgence core, "the Delirium Shock may be as close to the classic Resurgence ball motion as we've seen yet from Columbia 300." said a company representative. 

Look for the new balls on February 2nd, 2016. 

Hammer Scandal, and A Black Widow and New Spare Ball Coming in February

Hammer introduces Scandal into its high performance ball line-up, featuring Scandal Semtex Solid CFI (Carbon Fiber Infused) coverstock in Blue/Green/Black, with a 500 / 2000 AbralonTM finish. The design intent is for Medium to Heavy Oil and for the Scandal to create aggressive overall hook. 

The Scandal is the strongest ball Hammer has produced according to their FCC rating system (27.75). 

Check out the NEW Hammer performance shoes in the video. Coming this summer. 

The new Hammer Dark Legend is Black/Purple Pearl Semtex Hybrid coverstock with a fairly rough finish at 500/1000 Abralon® then Polished. The legendary Gas Mask core inhabits this new Black Widow. The hybrid cover and strong core combination is designed for Medium - Heavy oil conditions. Expect strong mid-lane reaction with continuous backend. 

A new polyester ball with a basic pancake weightblock is coming down the pike. Called the Clear Skulz, finished 800/800/1000/2000 Abralon® then Polished. Designed for light conditions or as a spare ball. 

This trios Worldwide Release Date is 2/16/16.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016



ARLINGTON, Texas - Dave Bolt has been elected President of the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association, and will lead IBPSIA's newly elected Board of Directors in 2016.
Bolt, from Champaign, IL, operates DB's Elite Pro Shop and Instruction and owns two bowling centers. He has been an IBPSIA Board member since 2003.

"It is a real honor to be named the new president of IBPSIA," Bolt said. "As we come off our 25th anniversary, our board has been reenergized to find ways to enhance value to our members."

Also elected to the Executive Committee as Vice President and Treasurer was Tom Zernia of West Bend, WI, who operates Lighthouse Pro Shop. Zernia was a member of the IBPSIA Board from 2010-12, and rejoined it in 2015. Jordan Vanover of Muskegon, MI, was elected Secretary, a former pro shop operator, Vanover works for Brunswick Consumer Products. Vanover has been on the IBPSIA Board since 2013.

Immediate Past President Russ Wilson remains on the board as ex officio. Wilson, from Lawrence, KS, works for Innovative Bowling Products and has been an IBPSIA Board member for five years.

Newly elected board members include Scott Savage, Savage Bowling Pro Shops, Lafayette, IN; Andy Diercks, May City Bowl Pro Shop, Marion, Iowa; Daniel Puerto, Best Bowling Pro Shop, St. Louis, MO; and Steve Barinque, Steve's Pro Shop, San Antonio, Texas, and bowling head coach for the Air Force.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Barbasol Unveils Ultimate PBA Prize Package Sweepstakes

Barbasol Shaving Cream, title sponsor of the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players
Championship, is offering PBA fans a unique opportunity to win the Ultimate PBA Prize Package Sweepstakes beginning today and running through March 5. The Grand Prize winner will receive a 15-minute video call from a current PBA star, a bowling pin autographed by PBA Tour bowler, a replica PBA jersey customized with the winner’s name and a Barbasol prize pack.

Fans 13 and older should visit and follow the links and instructions for sweepstakes entry and for Official Rules. Fans also can connect to the sweepstakes by following the Barbasol Ultimate PBA Prize Package Sweepstakes link on and on PBA’s social media outlets.
The Ultimate PBA Prize Pack Sweepstakes is being held in conjunction with the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, beginning Feb. 15 and concluding with live ESPN television coverage on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. ET. A major championship on the 2016 PBA Tour schedule, the Barbasol PBA Players Championship will feature a 48-game qualifying and match play format, and a five-player stepladder final with a $40,000 first prize. All of the preliminary rounds of Players Championship week will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

The Barbasol PBA Players Championship, open exclusively to PBA members, will get underway on Monday, Feb. 15, with practice and a celebrity pro-am. Eight-game qualifying rounds will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by an eight-game cashers round on Thursday, and three eight-game round-robin match play rounds Thursday and Friday. Additional pro-am squads that provide an opportunity for Ohio grassroots adult, youth and senior league bowlers to bowl alongside the pros will be conducted on Saturday, leading up to Sunday’s live ESPN finals.

"We're so pleased that Barbasol is offering this sweepstakes for PBA fans,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. "2016 is the PBA’s Year of the Fan and this sweepstakes ties in perfectly with that theme.”

Barbasol, the Official Shaving Cream of the PBA, is also a sponsor of the PBA League’s Motown Muscle which will be in action in April as part of the PBA Maine Event in Portland, Maine.

by Jerry Schneider January 15, 2016 03:34

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Turbo Signs PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson

2016 is looking like a very good year for Turbo Bowling Accessories; made even better by the signing of two of the brightest stars on the new Professional Women's Bowling Tour, PWBA Champions Liz Johnson and Elysia Current.

Johnson, the 2015 PWBA Player of the Year and current Women's U.S. Open Champion, joins the list of more than 30 great women bowlers on the Turbo Staff.

"I am very excited about joining the Turbo team," said Johnson.  "They have a great history and I am very honored to be a part of the 'family.' Thanks to Lori Mraz and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard for all their help. I am looking forward to representing Turbo on the 2016 Tour and around the world."

The U.S. Open was Johnson's 4th major title to go along with her 10 standard pro titles. She started her pro career as the 1996 PWBA Rookie of the Year, and she was named Player of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America (now IBMA) in 2005 and 2007.

As an amateur, Johnson was named the Alberta Crowe Star of Tomorrow, and she was an All American and MVP during her college years at Morehead State University. She is an 11 year member of Team USA and a member of the team that recently won the 2015 World Bowling Women's Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Elysia Current, the Head Bowling Coach at Delaware State University, launched her professional career in 2015 by winning the first tournament of the new PWBA Tour, the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Prior to that sensational start, she finished second in the 2011 USBC Queens, and she was an All American at both Wichita State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in her college years. She was named College Bowler of the Year by the IBMA in 2004.

"Liz is a proven leader, and no doubt one of the greatest female champions of this generation," said Turbo President Lori Mraz. "Her dedication to the sport both on and off the lanes is admirable. Elysia brings us a direct connection to both the professional and college ranks, and she is a great example and inspiration for future generations. We look forward to working with both of these great ladies in our Turbo Driven to Bowl Clinics and many other areas."

Turbo remains steadfast in its commitment to Women's Professional Bowling as proven by many years of sponsorship of the Women's US Open, prior sponsorship of the PWBA and LPBT Tours and confirmed Registered Product Partnership with the New PBA Tour.

Other PWBA National Player Staff members include Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Danielle McEwan, Diandra Asbaty, Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg, Lindsay Boomershine, Anne Marie Duggan, Sandra Gongora, Clara Guererro, Brittni Hamilton, Kayla Johnson, Megan Kelly, Marsha Klompken, Shannon Pluhowsky, Lucy Sandelin, Mary Wells, Kristina Wendell, and Diana Zavjalova.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo 2016

In only five short years, the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo has become bowling's undisputed best college recruiting event. 

In 2016, the 6th edition of this prestigious event will be held at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 12-14.  And since Western Bowl has 80 lanes and plenty of meeting space, the number of spots available has been expanded to its largest field yet of 204 student bowlers.

Turbo Regional Sales Manager and Pro Staff Coordinator Carolyn Dorin-Ballard will again serve as Event Director. "I am confident we will fill the event again this year," said Dorin-Ballard. "Last year, (with 168 spots available) we had 44 kids on a waiting list.  We've been getting calls the past few months already from parents eager to sign up for this year's event. It's exciting, and it shows that what we're doing is making a difference."

General Manager Jim Doty is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Collegiate Expo. "Royal Pin and Western Bowl is honored to be chosen to host this awesome event," he said. "The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is, in my opinion, the best event in the country to help our young adult bowlers improve their game and by doing so helps to continue the 'Sport of Bowling'."

Dorin-Ballard and Turbo President Lori Mraz are going all out this year to make sure that every student athlete in attendance gets all of the attention they deserve both in the classroom seminars and during on-the-lane instruction.  From USBC Gold and Silver certified instructors, PBA Tour Champions, Team USA veterans, PWBA contenders, Collegiate All-Americans and industry experts, the collective team of coaching representatives is impressive.  Turbo coaches returning this year in addition to Dorin-Ballard are Diandra Asbaty, Lindsay Boomershine Jeff Carter, Jason Couch, Tim Mack, Shannon Pluhowsky, Bill Spigner, Jordan Vanover, and world respected Sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz.

Because of expanded student registration, new coaches Josh Blanchard, Hank Boomershine, Tom Carter, Ryan Ciminelli, Ron Hatfield, Ronnie Russell and Dave Wodka have been added. 

Another improvement this year includes limited one-hour classroom seminars so students will get more time to put what they learn into practice on the lanes. "We have learned over the years that students want to bowl and bowl," said Dorin-Ballard, "So we're making sure that we schedule the seminars and on-lane segments so that students get the much wanted on-lane time with coaches but also reasonable break periods that are important for them to perform physically and mentally throughout the entire day."

No event of this magnitude would be possible without sponsors, and Turbo is proud of the sponsor partnerships developed over the past six years.  Returning in 2016, and with enhanced sponsorship, "Columbia and Hammer are stepping up again in 2016 sponsoring our photo booth and registration bags," said Mraz. "Logo Infusion will once again be the sponsor of the Audition Tournament and provide an event jersey to all student bowlers. Our partnership with Bowlers Journal will again allow every student to receive a one year paid subscription to the magazine. Storm will be sponsoring our Round Table for Collegiate Coaches; and will coordinate a presentation on Building a Team Arsenal with other ball companies while Kegel will sponsor and host our College Coaches Dinner on Wednesday evening.  We couldn't be more pleased with the enthusiastic support of all of our sponsors."

Complete event information including daily schedules and on-line registration can be found at   Space is limited.  This event will SELL OUT!  So register early!  Save $30 during Early-Bird Registration Now - April 30th.   Additional questions, please call Turbo directly at 800-530-9878, Monday-Friday, 8:30a-5p Eastern or e-mail Event Administrator, Megan Bernhardt,