Staff Bowlers, The Benefits of a Sponsorship & Who Bowls for Who

Bowling CompaniesAll major bowling brands (and most of the smaller ones), from bowling ball manufacturers to accessory companies, have their own professional staff. Staff member positions are highly sought after. Being part of a professional staff conveys a bowler’s high skill level and the potential the company sees in a bowler. Most companies have different tiers of professional staff ranging from amateur to professional. Storm, for example, has staff tiers of Advisory, Amateur, Regional, and National.

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The Best Bowlers of All Time & of the Last 5 Years

Earl Anthony

Earl Anthony – Considered the greatest bowler of all time.

Creating a ‘Best Bowlers of All Time’ list isn’t easy. There have been thousands of outstanding players in the history of the game. There are dozens of factors and criteria that can be used to determine a player’s quality, such as career earnings, annual earnings, tournaments won, tournaments placed, career average, tournaments cashed relative to tournaments bowled, and on, and on…

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a look at the best bowlers of the last 5 years.

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Random Bowling Facts

Here’s a bunch of stuff you may or may not know (but most likely don’t need to know) about bowling.

By the NumbersBowling Balls on Rack

  • The optimal angle for a ball to hit the pocket is 6°.
  • A standard lane is 79 feet long from the back of the approach to the back of the pin deck.
  • A standard approach is 16 feet long, a lane is 60 feet long, and a pin deck is 3 feet long.
  • A pin must tilt 9° to fall.

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Bowling Trick Shots

Bowling trick shots have been around since before the automatic pinsetter. The master of trick shots back then was Andy Varipapa. Make no mistake, Andy was an incredible bowler, but he got famous for the show he put on with his vast arsenal of trick shots. Not only is his enthusiasm entertaining, but his incredible accuracy, ambidexterity and consistency are extremely impressive.

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A Brief History of Hook

By Kevin Bickel
Hooking the ball is just what you do if you want to bowl at a competitive level. The game has only been this way for several decades though. Let’s take a look at how it got to that point.

Ball Surface

In 1905, bowling balls transitioned from being made of a hard wood material to a hard rubber material. The rubber balls allowed bowlers to hook the ball, albeit to a lesser extent than bowlers today. Rubber balls were prominent up until the 70’s when polyester and eventually urethane balls were made. During this time, bowlers started drilling balls with a fingertip grip, allowing for more revolutions on the ball. For the last several decades, bowling ball coverstocks have been made of reactive resin designed to hook.

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Swing & Release

By Kevin Bickel

We all do the same thing: approach, swing, release. But it’s not about what we do, it’s about how we do it. That’s what separates the professionals from the amateurs. It’s obvious when watching the pros bowl (or anyone for that matter) that they each have their own unique style. What’s not so obvious are the traits nearly every single one of them share. These traits are very subtle. They appear natural but in reality have taken years to perfect. In other words, they make it look easy, as most pros in any sport do.

YouTube user Dean Champ created a fantastic video that analyzes some of these traits. Watch and share your thoughts below!

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Sarge Easter Grip

By Kevin Bickel

Sarge Easter Grip

The Sarge Easter grip is a less commonly used ball grip in which the middle finger is drilled fingertip and the ring finger is drilled conventional or semi-fingertip. You may have heard someone talking about this grip, seen someone using it, or seen it on TV. It is not widely known or used, but the Sarge Easter grip has significant advantages. We’ll discuss the pros and cons, who uses it, and how to make the switch.

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Bowling Websites & Blogs

By Kevin Bickel

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There are a lot of great resources for bowling on the web. The problem is they are not all compiled into one simple list that’s easy to find. Let’s change that!

To create these lists, I will be using two websites called Digg (for blogs) and Diigo (for websites). There are several benefits to using these sites as opposed to just creating a list:

  • They can be updated consistently.
  • You can follow the lists much easier.
  • You won’t have to back to this post constantly.
  • The lists will always contain the most recent version.

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