Bowling

Getting Prepared for Junior Gold and Steps for Success

Posted by Ronald Hickland on

Written by Dustin Zehner Whether it be your first time or you are a veteran to the tournament, Junior Gold succeeds to be one of the best and most challenging youth tournaments. Preparation is super important for the tournament. Now that the USBC no longer uses WTBA patterns, we never know exactly what to expect in the 16 games of qualifying, the advancers rounds or match play. This means  you must be prepared for anything to come at you. So here are some steps I recommend going through to being able to tackle the challenging patterns and having success this...

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Not all towels are created equal

Posted by Ronald Hickland on

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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Creating the Difference Partners with Genesis Bowling

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Over the past year, Creating the Difference has worked diligently to come up with new and innovative ways to grow the sport of bowling.  We believe creating an atmosphere of inclusion which aspires to be educational and positive is the way to do this.  We strive to offer our staffers things they can’t get with other companies.  This comes mainly in the way of education.  However, we are also partnering with other companies in the industry to offer added perks to our staff.   We recently met with Noel Vasquez, National Sales Manager with Genesis Bowling.  Genesis Bowling is the...

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Eight Life Lessons I learned from Being Fired

Posted by Ronald Hickland on

In this special blog post, I wanted to talk about a topic often overlooked: being fired, laid-off, etc. This is a personal topic for me.  Feb 26, 2015 was the day I was part of an economic layoff at Ebonite International. You can read the original blog I wrote here.  For 14 years, I had been the head designer for all of the bowling balls from Ebonite, Hammer, Columbia 300, and Track. This had been my dream job since I was kid.  I even did a TEDx Talk about it.  Within 1 hour, I went from a nice six figure...

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Lane Play Strategy

Posted by Ronald Hickland on

Thanks for all of the support. I had 32 shares and over 300 likes. I think it’s safe to say you all would like to hear about reading lane graphs. I went to the Detroit Cup last weekend and did a seminar on reading lane graphs and lane play before the event started. Because of the great reception, I thought it would make for a good blog. Let me preface this by saying there are many, many patterns and as technology advances, there will be more to come. This is a general overview of how to read a lane graph,...

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