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04/07/16

Product Maintenance in the High Tech Era

By Ted Thompson - Republished courtesy of The Inside Line (April 1, 2016)

2016KegelTedThompson_small.jpg Just about everyone involved in the game of bowling on a sport level has learned that today's high tech bowling balls need more maintenance than the bowling balls in the "low tech" era. In the 'good ole days' all one had to do is resurface their ball every year or two, and your ball performed as good as new. But the high tech bowling balls of today need a lot more "tender loving care" in order to maintain high performance levels. Not only do the bowling balls of today need simple resurfacing from time to time, they are much more porous.

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02/13/16

Jason Belmonte will be known as the bowler who revolutionized the sport

By Lucas Wiseman

2016ColumnistLucasWiseman_small.jpg Some people hate Jason Belmonte. And the reason is simple. He does things to a bowling ball most people can't even dream of doing, and he's breaking the mold of traditional bowling. For those of you who insist on hating Belmonte, it's time to accept reality. Jason Belmonte may be the best bowler to ever pick up a bowling ball. The success Belmonte, an Australian who uses a unique two-handed delivery (from the right-hand side), is having is driving some people mad on social media.

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02/13/16

Ryan Express temporarily derailed, back on track at Masters

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

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With a big event or a new season on the horizon, you'll often see athletes hit the gym to help build strength and endurance or even lose a few pounds. Heading into a three-week stretch of PBA Tour majors this month, red-hot Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York, lost 14 pounds. Unfortunately, it wasn't in a top-of-your-game kind of way, it was a scary and unexplainable perspective-on-life-changing way. The 29-year-old left-hander is in the midst of a streak that resulted in three wins during the 2015 PBA Tour season.

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01/26/16

Five must-know things about Oil Pattern Taper

By Ted Thompson - Republished courtesy of The Inside Line (Jan. 20, 2016)

2016KegelTedThompson_small.jpg Oil pattern taper, the amount of lane conditioner in the front part of an oil pattern versus how much is at the end of the oil pattern, has had to change significantly as bowling ball technology has changed. Lane conditioner (lane oil) has two main functions; to protect the lane surface, and to provide smooth predictable ball motion for as many styles as possible. Front-to-back oil taper with balanced balls is very different than what is needed with modern high flaring balls, which have multiple oil rings on them.

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08/06/15

The Truth about Tournament Oil Patterns and Conversions

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line - A Kegel Publication (August 6, 2015)

2013KegelTedThompson_small.jpgAt Kegel we get many requests for converting oil patterns to and from different lane machine technologies. Sometimes it can be for a specific tournament pattern or it may be a named oil pattern. Although we fully realize the intent, we also know that there are many factors other than the oil pattern that determine ball motion, and how easy or difficult lanes play. One technical reason some oil patterns cannot be converted is simply because some lane machines do not have the capability to apply an oil pattern exactly like the machine it was made for.

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05/30/15

How to get the most from your bowling lesson

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line, a Kegel Publication (May 29, 2015)

20150529TheInsideLine_small.jpg At one time or another, many bowlers have considered taking lessons to improve their skills and take their game to the next level. If you are going to invest time and money into your training, it is important to understand how you can get the most benefit from your lesson. In this article, Kegel's Rick Wiltse will discuss how you can choose the type of lesson that is best for you and what to bring to your lesson.

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11/21/14

Does lane oil evaporate? How long should the oil pattern sit before bowling?

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line, a Kegel Publication (November 19, 2014)

2012KegelBrandyPadilla_small.jpg When it comes to lane conditions, every person has their own ideas as to what they think works best. Mechanics, proprietors, and bowlers all have a difference of opinion when it comes to dressing the lanes. Ask 100 different people and you're likely to get 100 different answers. In bowling, it's one of those topics that just seems to create a lot of controversy and a lot of differences in opinions. Because of all these different opinions, we get many questions regarding what the best methods are for ensuring lanes are the same from day to day.

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07/01/14

Mark Davis receives John Davis Award for 2014

2014JohnDavisAwardMarkDavis_small.jpg Mark Davis (pictured with Len Nicholson, left), younger brother of the late John Davis, founder of the Kegel Company, has been named the 2014 recipient of the John Davis Award. The surprise presentation was made at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to a deserving person who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient's name, is on permanent display at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

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02/17/14

10 Frequently Asked Questions about Conditioning Lanes By Kegel's Steve Cross

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line, a Kegel Publication (February 13, 2014)

2014KegelSteveCross_small.jpgLake-Wales, Fla. based Kegel company, the leading lane maintenance provider in the sport of tenpin bowling, gets many tech calls asking how to help bowling centers make their lane conditions a little bit better. In this edition of the "Inside Line", Kegel Pattern Specialist Steve Cross (pictured) will show some of the more common questions and provide some basic answers to those questions. Before making any adjustments to the conditioner pattern, make sure that your lane machine is cleaning properly.

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11/26/13

Who do you follow? We're not talking about Twitter...By Ted Thompson

Republished courtesy of Kegel's The Inside Line (November 25, 2013)

2013KegelTedThompson_small.jpg In previous Inside Line articles, we showed how oil pattern breakdown happens with today's high flaring bowling balls and how different styles of play can affect an oil pattern in different ways. In this article, we will show how different groups of players with similar styles can greatly affect an oil pattern by strategically "managing the oil pattern" during practice time and the first game, and the resulting scoring pace for all those that follow these skillful "pattern managers." The scene was the Men's Team event second block during the 2013 WTBA World Championships.

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10/09/13

Oh No! My pattern is not playing the same as last year! By Doug Dukes

Republished courtesy of Kegel's "The Inside Line" (Sept. 30, 2013)

2013KegelDougDukes_small.jpg "My pattern is the same as last year but it is not playing the same" is one of the #1 lines we hear this time of year. As one of the techs at Kegel that has the privilege to not only help all of you on the phone, but to also work on lane machines in the field, let's take a look at some overlooked parts and adjustments to your lane machine. The number one overlooked problem on a lane machine is its ability to clean. Anytime a pattern adjustment is requested because they don't play the same, our first question is "have you done a clean only"

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09/19/13

Ballards stand up to cancer at charity event By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Sept. 19, 2013)

2013BallardsvsTheBigC_small.jpg Together they form one of the most famous couples on the bowling lanes. But for Del Ballard and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured), that pales to what they are doing off them. The Keller, Texas, twosome joined forces with family, friends and the North Texas business community Sept. 14 for a highly-successful second edition of their Ballards vs. The Big "C" charity event at AMF Euless. Thanks to participation by nearly 200 people on 48 teams the event raised more than $41,000.

IBMA News

08/10/13

Memorial services set for PBA Hall of Famer John Jowdy

ImageMemorial services have been set for PBA Hall of Famer John Jowdy (pictured), who passed away at age 93 on Aug. 1. A mass will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, at San Fransesco Di Paola Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. John is survived by his wife Brenda and his children John Jowdy Jr., Mary Ann Yamin, Steve Harris, Lori Millard and Andrew Harris; grandchildren Gina, Lisa, Stephen, Tera, Kelly, Ryan, Austin, Landon, Rivers and Robby and great grandchildren Pia, Addy, Hudson, Nicole and Ali.

United States

08/01/13

BWAA past president and life member John Jowdy passes away

PBA Hall of Famer and coaching pioneer was 93; led Bowling Writers Association of America in 1996

ImageProfessional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and pioneer bowling coach John Jowdy (pictured) of El Cajon, Calif., died today of natural causes. He was 93. Jowdy was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1988 primarily for his coaching contributions but was also a prolific bowling writer and bowling industry advocate. He was president of the Bowling Writers Association of America in 1996 and was later voted a Life Member of the organization. Most recently he was inducted into the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.

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07/23/13

USBC returns to original focus as sport's National Governing Body By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (July 21, 2013)

20130723ITRC_small.jpg When we last featured the United States Bowling Congress, it had changed its focus from overseeing the sport as the United States Olympic Committee-designated National Governing Body (NGB) to creating programs and services that enhance the membership experience and create lifelong bowlers. But just two years later, at the 2013 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., the organization revealed "new" mission and vision statements similar to its original charge in 2005.

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03/22/13

Class Act By Frenchy Letourneau

2009WUSATishJohnson_small.jpg The 23rd National Golden Ladies Classic concluded March 21, 2013 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, with Tish Johnson (pictured) taking down the $2,000 top prize. Perennial favorite and former champion Robin Romeo finished second. News of this sort typically sends a resounding yawn throughout the 21st Century bowling community. In an era of inflated egos and technology-enhanced bowling whiz-kids, an event featuring senior ladies hardly produces a ripple. Too bad.

Tribute

03/10/13

The Constant Flame - Recalling the life of John Davis By Fred Groh

Republished courtesy of International Bowling Industry magazine (Volume 21, March 2013)

2013IBIJohnDavisTribute_small.jpg We did not know John Davis the way Len Nicholson did, or Chris Chartrand or Pat Ciniello, all three friends and colleagues of Davis's for years who spoke at the memorial service for him in February. It was held at the most appropriate possible place: the Kegel Training Center at Kegel headquarters in Lake Wales, FL. Davis died Jan. 25. "He tried to do something that no one else did," as Nicholson says. "He tried to make the sport as fair as possible."

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01/31/13

Letter from John Davis - The Cornerstone Vol. 1 - Summer 1998

Republished courtesy of Kegel's "The Inside Line" (Jan. 30, 2013)

2013JohnDavisJD_small.jpg In the Summer of 1998, the late John Davis along with a group of esteemed lanes people, formed The Foundation. Within that very first edition of The Foundation's newsletter was a letter written by John Davis. For those that have read the letter before, we thought you might like to read it again. For those that have never read it, it will give you some insight into John's passion for the game of bowling and what motivated him to support the game the way he did.

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10/05/12

Bowling: America's Greatest Indoor Pastime now available By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Oct. 4, 2012)

AmericasGreazestIndoorPastimeCover_small.jpg While the name changed slightly, the content still focuses on America's love affair with bowling and how changes in the country and the sport are related. All are captured in the new book "Bowling: America's Greatest Indoor Pastime" now available across the world. Authored by The Bowling Examiner, the 64-page paperback traces the sport from its ancient beginnings in Egypt to Europe and eventually to the United States during the 1800s when many people emigrated across the Atlantic Ocean bringing their popular game with them.

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09/27/12

FIQ/WTBA, Dornberger now lead bowling's Olympic efforts By Mark Miller

Bowling's Olympic hopes that previously relied on the United States Bowling Congress are now in the hands of the World Tenpin Bowling Association

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgWith more than nine million people competing in leagues and tournaments in the late 1970s, bowling was unquestionably the biggest participation sport in the United States and arguably in the world. Since then it has clearly lost such high status. Membership in the United States Bowling Congress now is below two million for the first time in 60 years. Meanwhile, there are more than 3.3 million competitive soccer participants and well above five million softball players in the U.S. alone.

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