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Of the 68 articles that I have published in Bowling This Month, 29% have been physical game oriented, 23.5% sport science focused, 19% targeting lane play, 17.6% program or coaching oriented and 10.9% ball motion.. That is 68 consecutive monthly articles published or nearly six straight years of articles.


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Surface 101: A Primer on Surface Change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Monday, 28 January 2008
ImageIn Surface 101, I have compiled a wealth of important information on bowling ball surface and surface change into one 9 page document to help bowlers and coaches.  Specifically, this document will provide readers with insight into the elements of surface change, surface properties, how-to change the surface, ball reaction after surface change, qualities of specific abrasives, qualities of specific polishes, how-to maintain and deep clean a bowling ball, how-to sand a bowling ball for a specific ball reaction as well as subsequent ball motion. 
Last Updated ( Monday, 28 January 2008 )
RICO Layout Revealed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Sunday, 06 January 2008
ImageThe RICO layout is certainly creating a buzz.  It has been used on Tour successfully this season including by Parker Bohn in his win in Spartanburg on the Viper pattern as well as in qualifying by Diandra Asbaty during her march to winning the Great Lakes Classic on the Cheetah pattern.   Much discussion is appearing on the message boards, with various amounts of accuracy.  So, with the goal of providing accurate information, I went directly to Ric Hamlin, the individual credited for the layout, to get details from him directly.  Ric is the Consumer Products Specialist, for the Northwest region, Brunswick Bowling and Billiards.  Here is an overview about the RICO layout including when to use the layout, how-to map the bowling ball, how-to alter the layout for a higher track player.  I also provide a summary of how the layout was first used and why.  This is intended to present a more accurate overview of the RICO for those who want to have a better insight into this useful layout.
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 January 2008 )
Dual Angle Layout Method PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Saturday, 29 December 2007

Download this PDF with full instructions on how-to layout a bowling ball with Mo Pinel's Dual Angle Layout Method.  This method builds on the previous understandings of core angle positions (Drilling Angle and Angle of the VAL) and offers an easy-to-use method to yield complex layouts that match bowlers.  This is a must have bowling ball layout method for all coaches and elite players to know and understand.

Click here to download the Dual Angle Layout Method (900 KB)

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 December 2007 )
How Does the PIN to VAL Distance Impact Ball Motion? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
ImageEbonite International recently explored the relationship of the distance of the PIN to VAL (vertical axis line) on ball motion.  Specifically, would the ball motion be changeg significantly if the PIN to PAP distance but the PIN to VAL distance was altered?  The results are interesting and offer coaches, players and ball drillers options to match-up layouts with players.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2007 )
Research Summary: What Effect Does the CG Placement Have on Ball Motion? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Sunday, 16 September 2007
ImageThe United States Bowling Congress is undergoing a thorough analysis of ball motion.  Part of this research has focused on the effect of the CG (Positive or Negative) placement, in a bowling ball with a symmetrical core, have on ball motion.  Considering the recent responses from bowling ball manufacturers over the past 2 years, the USBC findings should be explored by all elite players and coaches.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 September 2007 )
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