Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Changes in PBA Product Registration: Don't Bring MoRich or Elite Bowling Balls

Just when I thought I had it all straightened out, there hs been a major change in product registration. For those of you who throw MoRich or Elite Bowling Balls, they are now illegal for use on the Lumber Liquidator's PBA Tour. You can continue to use them until October 1st on the PBA regional tour, but if I were you, I would start shopping around for the next bowling ball manufacturer you are going to use. This annoucement was made at the first of September, and somehow I missed it.

This brings up two interesting questions. What manufacturer will Robert Smith and Walter Ray Williams use? Walter throws MoRich bowling balls, if you have never heard anyone say, red ball at five, they are referring to is 'Nsane LevRG' is a red bowling ball that he finds a way to throw on the five board and strike a lot. Robert Smith this past year was sponsored by Elite, so I assume he may go back to Storm Bowling. In any event, there are some changes coming this year, and be sure before you bowl in a tournament that all equipment you are bowling with is product registered with the PBA to avoid a costly mistake, like losing your entry fee.

To see all the products fully registered for use in competition with the PBA Tour,
check here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Get Bowling Balls For Free

If you have arrived at this page, you are probably like me and would love to get free bowling balls. However, I hope you did not think it would be easy. There are a couple of ways to get free bowling balls and one is to be sponsored. Well this article is not how to get sponsored and win PBA tournaments and get free stuff, but this is an article on how you can spend some of your free time making money on the internet. Then you can use that money to buy the newest bowling balls and keep your bowling arsenal fresh.

First off, where I make a majority of my money online is at a website called Ehow. You can view my profile and read my articles
here. Basically, you write articles on how to do stuff, and they place different types of advertisements on your article. When an ad is clicked, it generates income for Ehow, which they share with you. I am not making a ton of money with this site, but it is enough to buy a new bowling ball every two to three months.

The second way to make money online is to create yourself a blog. With a blog, you can place advertisements and affiliate links on your page and you do not share the income with anyone but yourself. The problem with this is that it is much harder to get traffic to your blog as compared to a site like Ehow. Check this page out for a free website that provides you with an easy way to place affiliate links on your blog or webpage.

If you can spend some of your free time working on the internet, as opposed to sitting on the couch watching tv, you could very well be earning income. The greatest part is that once the money is coming in, it does not stop. It will keep coming in every month, especially if you keep fresh posts on your page. I wish everyone out there luck, but remember, this is not easy. It has taken me a year to get to where I am at. But if you stick with it, you will be buying yourself new bowling balls whenever you want!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Most Amazing Two Handed Bowling Shot Ever

Just when I thought I had seen it all, I stumble across the following video, and let's just say I was more than impressed. The ability to throw a bowling ball two-handed amazes me enough, especially if you can do it acurately. Then add a bar stool and interesting commentary from your other competitors, and you have the recipe for the most ridiculous shot I have ever seen. Here it is for you to feast your eyes upon!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Professional Bowling and What it Means to Me

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed bowling. Let’s be honest, who does not enjoy going out every now and then, putting on those musty bowling shoes, and grabbing the lightest bowling ball that your fingers can fit in so you can see how fast you can throw it and how loud a noise it makes to crash into the pins? Bowling may not be America’s favorite pastime, but it sure is fun.

Then one day, I realized that I was a pretty decent bowler. I made a good portion of my spares, and I could consistently hit the pocket. Then I started watching the PBA Tour bowl on Sunday on ESPN, and it did not take me long to get hooked and try to keep up with the qualifying rounds and regional tournaments on a weekly basis. Then, in a non-sanctioned bowling league, I shot my first 300. Unfortunately I did say a non-sanctioned league, but oh well. It would have been cool to have a ring, but my wife and Father-in-law made me a really cool trophy for the occasion. To my credit today, I have bowled two sanctioned 300 games and hope to one day look like the Godfather my hands are so filled with rings.

Finally, after practicing a lot, working on spares, bowling in three leagues a week, I finally reached a pinnacle goal and managed to have a yearbook average over 200. This may seem like a petty accomplishment, but it meant a lot to me. It meant that I could join the PBA. I have now been a PBA member for three years, but have only bowled in 8 tournaments, with my best finish coming in Surfside Beach, SC. This was the first PBA tournament I ever bowled in, and I only missed the cut by 21 pins. This was quite unfortunate since I threw two balls in the gutter that day, one being after a double. In any event, I had a great time and threw the ball great.

Now I have learned that in order to be a successful member and cash regularly in PBA events, you need a couple of things. One, it takes a great deal of knowledge to know the lane conditions, how they break down, what ball you should throw, layout, surface of the ball, etc. You also need a strong mental game. I am slowly learning all these things, but not as quickly as I hoped. Having a newborn child is the best thing that has ever happened to me, but it has cut into my practice budget.

Now I guess it is time for the moral of my story. Everyone out there has dreams they would love to accomplish. Everyone has goals they want to achieve. It may sound silly, but my dream is honestly to become a successful PBA bowler. I can only imagine how awesome it must be to make a living doing what you love. I know it is going to take a lot of hard work, but one day, you may be clicking through the channels, come across ESPN, and see me stringing strikes towards my first PBA Tour victory!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Two Finger Bowlers: Boy They Tear Up The Lanes

I have struggled thus far in my bowling league, not even able to carry a 200 average. however, last night I walked into the bowling alley feeling like I could grab a piece of pizza off of someone's plate and grab my golden Rhino and tear up the lanes! And then, I saw who I was bowling against. I saw the dreaded two finger bowler!!!

Now do not get me wrong, I can certainly appreciate those who bowl without the thumb in their bowling ball, only using their two fingers. Especially if you can throw it like Jason Belmonte, who throws with over 700 revs, and accurately.! However, most people who bowl in your standard USBC bowling leagues are not near as talented as Belmonte, and only end up tearing the lanes to peices. I found myself constantly adjusting to the breakdown of the house pattern, and everytime I found something, it would go away quickly.

Now be it that I am a professional bowler and not too bad, I should have been able to find a spot on the lanes where he was not playing and get a good consistent reaction, but I just had one of those nights were the only way I could carry was to play over top the line he was playing. If I could give some advice when bowling against a competitor of this nature, you have to find a bowling ball with the right surface that will allow you to play a part of the line they are not. For example, if they are playing deep, you have to find a way to play outside, or you will be chasing it all night. Despite my negative attitude at times, and making bad adjustments, I still shot a 599 which is not a terrible night for me, although I wish it could have been better. If my worst bowling series for the rest of the year is 599, I will certainly be happy. In any event, I had a great time and cannot wait for next week!