Advancements in Bowler Techniques & Coverstock Technologies

Advancements in Bowler Technieues & Coverstock Technologies
Nicholas Tomaszewski and Ronald Hickland
Ebonite International

Over the last few decades bowling has not changed much in the dynamics of the sport. The lanes are still 60 feet to the head pin, there are still 10 pins, and the perfect score is still 300. However, the methods in which bowlers are now taking to knock down those 10 pins are much different than just a few years ago. As the advancements in bowling ball technology has increased, bowlers have become more dependent on their equipment to achieve the perfect score.  Different types of bowlers have developed. There are terms now related to stroker, tweener, and cranker to describe what type of player the bowler is. To better enable a bowler to improve their game you must understand the limitations of the bowler. A stroker player consists of a speed dominate player who may lack axis tilt, leading to a more down and in game play. These players tend to be more consistent and have low to medium revolution rates. Mike Scroggins is a great example of a Stroker Type of player. For bowlers who have a Rev Rate lower than 300RPM they tend to see the most ball motion differences in ball with different core Rg values. A tweener player consists of a high backswing similar to a cranker player but lacks high revolutions and is also speed dominate. A good example of a Tweener Player is Ebonite International pro bowler, Mika Koivuniemi.  A cranker player consists of high tilt, high revolution rate, and high ball speed. Ebonite International Pro Bowler Tommy Jones is an example of a cranker style bowler.  Players with a high Rev Rates of over 350RPM’s see ball motion differences in balls that have different differential values more so than balls that have different Rg values. Axis tilt affects the amount of hook when friction is presents.  When discussing advancements in new bowling styles you have to discuss the two handed bowling technique. This style can increase revolutions as well as tilt if done correctly. However, this style is one of the hardest styles to perfect; it is quickly becoming more popular with a newer generation of bowlers.  To achieve the best lesson you first must understand the type of player you are coaching.

Once you have determined the type of player you are coaching you have to first adjust their equipment in terms of their layouts and ball surfaces in each of their bowling balls to fill a complete arsenal.  Having the proper drilling layout is crucial to the success of a bowling ball. To build an arsenal you must have a ball to fill in every situation you may bowl on. Understanding what type of lanes, oils, and patterns you will be bowling on is key to success. If the bowler does not have a full arsenal of products they may find that they have similar ball motions with different bowling balls, leaving a gap in availability and may hinder their game. A good starting point is to have a really weak ball and a really strong ball and then fill in from there. You also must understand that different layouts may create the same amount of total hook as others, but they allow for a completely different ball motion shape. You may have a smooth rolling hook, or a long and angular hook. Both may make it back to the pocket, but one may carry through the pins better. Knowing this could be the difference in a close match where one more strike may be all the difference from winning and losing.

The second aspect to ball motion lies within the coverstock finish. Abralon pads will be your best friend in making the difference of pin carry and can increase your average tremendously. Using the right finish according to your ball choice and lane condition can allow your equipment to store energy with more impact and continuing through the pins better. If the wrong surface is on the ball the ball could do one of two things. It could start its hooking transition to early and expend its energy. This will cause the ball to not have drive though the pins causing deflection and poor pin action. The other worse case scenario is having a ball with not enough surface, and the ball may never recover down lane. It may store the energy well, but it stores it too long causing the ball to not make the correct angle into the pocket. If the bowler has a favorite ball motion, it may be necessary to drill balls the same exact way, or have a different finish on the same ball. This option will allow the bowler to make subtle moves once the lanes are broken down to continue striking. Changing the box finish of a ball to fit the ball motion you are looking for is a good decision. When sanding a ball, it may not be necessary to use every grit in order. If you want a smoother ball motion but not as early hooking as what the bowler already has the ball can be sanded 500 and then skipping to 2000. Also for a more responsive finish the ball can be sanded 500 then 1000 and then finish off with Power House Factory Finish ball polish. These jump in grits create the deep valleys in the coverstock with the 500 grit sand paper but smoothes the peaks of the microscopic groove slightly. Leaving enough surface for the oil to absorb but not to smooth that the ball never recovers. Different variations of sanding grits will need to be experimented with to find the perfect combination for each bowler.  Finding the correct surface and layouts is all about knowing your conditions and bowlers parameters. Ball maintenance is another large factor to the game. Scheduled cleanings, resurfaces, and oil removal is also a major factor to consistent ball performance.  Oil sitting on the surface of a ball can cause the ball to continue past the bowler’s break point and also cause the ball to lose friction on the back of the lanes. If you are not able to get into your local pro shop and your ball is not hooking, a great option is a Power House Adrenaline Wipe. By using these wipes the oil depletes immediately bring back the fiction between the ball and the lane.  Once you have a complete arsenal as well as the right surfaces on each ball all you have to do then is make the right shots on the lane and watch the pins fly.