Bowling — Products

Industry Showcase

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Tuesday was the annual Industry Showcase.  We were able to throw almost all new and upcoming releases from Brunswick, Radical, DV8, Storm, Rotogrip, 900 Global, Hammer, Track, Columbia 300 and Ebonite.  These were the only companies allowed at the showcase.  During the showcase, we had the same tester throw all of the balls.  Here are the specs on our tester: Right-handed Ball Speed: 18.5 Rev Rate: 400 Axis Rotation: 45 degrees Axis Tilt: 10 degrees We used his feedback, the information released by the manufacturers, as well as what we saw on the lanes from other bowlers to come up...

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Do you have a Urethane ball in your bag?

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Urethane was the popular coverstock choice in the 80’s.  It hooked earlier than polyester coverstocks and was more durable. That technology began to fade once Reactive Resin bowling balls became popular in the 90’s.  Reactive Resin was longer and more angular, it wasn’t as durable, but that was the price you paid for the added performance.  The truth is, reactive resin balls are actually urethane based with a liquid additive called plasticizer.  This additive gives the ball the ability to absorb and it changes the texture of the coverstock.  Reactive Resin technology hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years...

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Not all towels are created equal

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In my book The Tournament Mindset, one of the things I cover is using a towel.  Simply put, if you are not using a towel you are giving away pins.  Go read the book to see what else can help your average immediately - don’t worry it’s short in length. Click here to view/purchase the book. More importantly, if you are not using the right kind of towel, you may be doing yourself a disservice.  In this blog I will compare some common types of towels.    Cotton material Let’s start by talking about the common cotton towel.  If you...

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Understanding Profit Margin for Pro Shops

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Part of Creating the Difference is about education.  We want to support pro shops and consumers alike.  Today we want to educate on the business side a little bit.  As a company, profitability is the main way we measure success.  Growing CtD, we have used many business principles to determine our business plan.  When we expanded into the pro shops, we had to help our team understand some of those principles to keep the stores profitable. We want to share some of those principles with you in the hopes you may be able benefit as well.  Today we are going...

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One Year of Creating the Difference

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May 8th, 2015 was a special day. It was the day my partner and I decided to start Creating The Difference. Our Mission is to inspire people to identify and reach their passion through coaching, education, mentoring, and motivating so they can unlock their potential and create a difference. We are an innovative company who is able to see when change is needed and come up with creative solutions to help. Since bowling had played such an important role in my career, I wanted a way to give back to the sport. My partner and I designed some services to...

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