Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The PBA Tour is Going on Break: Join a PBA Experience League

The PBA Tour is currently holding their last event for the 2009-2010 season, and this means, other than re-runs on ESPN Classic, the end of bowling on tv for a while. What better time than now to join the PBA's exclusie service XtraFrame and be able to watch lots of shows, and qualifying rounds anytime you want?

Not too mention, now is a good time to home your skills. You have now spent the last few months watching the superstars of our sport compete, how they play the lanes, what equipment they use, etc. Now how about you join a PBA experience league and see how you stack up to them? Will you hit all your spares? Will you even consistently hit the pocket on the much more demanding oil patterns? Summer time is the best time to try new things, and trust me, if you get through a PBA experience league, you will be a better bowler than before you started.

To find out more about PBA experience leagues, check out bowling's official website

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bowling League Is Over Early For Me This Year

This past Friday,we had some of the best weather North Carolina had to offer so I decided to get some work done around the house. I decided to burn off some old wood scraps in my fire pit so I could avoid having to haul it off at the landfill. A few of the pieces were a little too big, so I decided to bust them up with a concrete block. If you just said to yourself, "That is a bad idea" then you would be right. Moving on to my second piece of wood, andwith all the confidence in the world, I smashed the wood. In doing so, the end of the wood bowed straight up and my right thumb got caught between the wood and the concrete block resulting in what you see to your left.

Yes friends, that is two stitches and a broken thumb. I was told by the doctor the stitches would come out two weeks, but as far as the hairline fracture goes, no bowling for six weeks.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

PBA Unveils $1 Million Tournament of Champions as Part of Plans for 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season | Professional Bowlers Association

PBA Unveils $1 Million Tournament of Champions as Part of Plans for 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season Professional Bowlers Association

And that is not all. There are many other exciting things going on in the world of the PBA Tour. For one, bowling next year will actually be shown in HD! Call me a dork if you like, but that is very exciting to me. Check this article out on the PBA's official website to find out what the other exciting announcements are about!

Monday, March 15, 2010

How to Build a Bowling Ball Arsenal

If you have been to bowling league lately, you have probably noticed that it is next to impossible to walk around the bowling alley without tripping on the countless bowling bags lying around. This is because many bowlers these days are carrying around multiple bowling balls that all react differently. This is commonly called their arsenal, and with this article I will give you tips on how you can build the proper bowling ball arsenal.

The first ball I consider a must is a plastic spare ball. With this ball, the lane conditions will not dictate how you throw at spares. You will be able to throw at spares the same way no matter the pattern, thus increasing your spare percentage and increasing your average. Now of course there will still be spares with "sleepers" in there you may want to throw a hook ball at, but for the most part the plastic spare ball is very important.

Now that you have a spare ball, we move on to the hook ball. This is where this task gets tricky. Many people I know have a ball for light oil, a ball for medium oil, and a ball for long oil. Well this is a decent starting point, but not the best method. This does not take into consideration the volume of oil, only the length. If you bowl in multiple houses for leagues or tournaments, you will know there are more than three oil patterns out there. For this reason I think you should have at least four hook bowling balls. The first should be for shorter patterns with a light volume of oil. This means a weak bowling ball with a very polished surface. The second should be for short to medium patterns with a higher volume of oil. I would use a stronger reacting bowling ball, but with a sanded finish around 1500-2000 with very little polish. The next ball should be for medium to long patterns, which is a very aggressive ball drilled to go long and have a very angular reaction at the backend. The last ball should be the same, but with a different layout to have earlier roll and more overall hook.

The final step in building your arsenal is to remember that your arsenal will always need minor adjustments. Keeping your bowling balls clean and experimenting with your surfaces will give you a much better idea of your ball reaction, and what will work best for you to carry more strikes. To find out more on altering the surface of your bowling ball, I have added a link to an article below on how to do it. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The PBA Bracket Battle Is On!!!

Soon enough, the PBA's Match Play Championship will begin, and boy will it be exciting. The entire tournament is match play and you have the opportunity to pick the winner. If you go to the PBA's official website, you can sign up for the PBA Bracket Battle and pick your favorites in each match all the way to the championship! YOu can win great prizes, like autographed merchandise, or a free one year subscription to the PBAs Xtra Frame service. Good luck!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bill O'Neill Wins 67th PBA US Open

For those of you who do not know, Bill O'Neill has won the 67th Lumber Liquidator's US Open with a commanding victory over Mike Scroggins, last years winner. That is by far the hardest shot the pros bowl on, and possibly the hardest shot in the world, and in the championship match, Bill made it look easy. TO read the whole story, follow the link below to the PBA's official website.

Congratulations Bill!

Bill O’Neill Wins First Major Title in 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open Professional Bowlers Association