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Tom Blasco's Expert Bowling Tips

As one of Bowler Journal's Top 100 Coaches 2005 through 2009, the owner and operator of Bowler's Corner in Satellite Beach, FL since 1975 and the member of bowling's leading organizations Tom hardly needs an introduction.

Tom offers expert tips primarily geared to other bowling coaches but are also useful to amateur bowlers.

Grip Test as illustrated by Don Johnson

This is something illustrated by Don Johnson on his first video "A Pro's Guide to Better Bowling Volume 1, it is a "test" to see if the thumb-hole is too loose or too snug.

Requirements: the ball, some bowlers tape, a tool to add or remove tape. Caveat: the objective of this test is for the ball to drop off the thumb following an action an assistant will perform. A bowler could do this solo. The bowler can be standing up or kneeling down so the ball does not fall far!

Before performing the test, the bowler should check the ball to see if the ball is obviously too tight or too loose. Adjust the fit if needed.

Once the bowler thinks it fits well, the bowler should insert their fingers and thumb in the ball as per norm.

Next, the bowler should hold the ball down by their bowling side in a collapsed wrist position. Definition: Collapsed wrist in this context is like you would position palm to push yourself away from the table or on the floor to do pushups. The bowlers palm should be facing towards the floor and the ball should stay on because you've already checked to see if it was too loose. If it does slip off, add tape. If it stays on, the assistant should position their hand on the back of the bowlers bowling hand (the flip side of the palm). Now press down and straighten out the bowlers wrist. If the ball stays on, the thumb is too tight ( adjust the thumb hole tape ) If the ball easily drops off, the fit is good, this is what we are looking for.

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Analysis of Elite Bowlers by Bill Spigner

Bill has been writing the “The Pro Approach” for Bowlers Journal since May, 2008. Prior to writing for the Bowlers Journal Bill wrote “Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner” for the Chicago Bowler from 1985-1990, “Bill Spigner's Bowling Clinic” for Bowling Digest from 1983-2004. CLICK HERE to go to the Bowling Digest page to read Bill's articles. Bill's “The Pro Approach” articles will be added monthly, but they'll always be three months after they have been published in the Bowlers Journal. If you would like to read Bill's articles sooner CLICK HERE to go to the Bowlers Journal website to subscribe.

Ron Clifton's Bowl4fun

Ron has worked with PBA national title holders, top professional men and women in the PBA and PWBA regional programs, collegiate bowlers and World Team Challenge champions but the majority of bowlers Ron has had the pleasure to help are average bowlers who are determined to improve their game.

Ron began writing bowling tips for a local bowling newspaper at the turn of the millennium and began posting them on this website, The tips gained in popularity and evolved into full-blown articles; eventually some became multi-part series. Later, Ron became a contributor for Bowling This Month magazine, the foremost bowling instructional magazine in the country. You can find his articles in the magazine under the title "Top Techniques".

Richard Shockley's Virtual Bowling Channel

Now a coach for over thirty years, Richard is a member of an elite group of top coaches in the world as a USBC Certified Gold Coach. His passion for teaching players has only increased over the years and as the game has changed, Richard has kept current with all the latest teaching techniques and drills that he uses with top players in the US and throughout the world.

Above 180 Joey Cerar and Tim Burg

Bowling enthusiasts Joey Cerar and Tim Burg have unveiled this website contains: bowling news, views, tips and tricks. is a hub for bowlers–both amateur and professional–to find tools to improve their game; including podcasts, videos, articles and tournament news.

Bill Spigner

Bill has had much success on and off the lanes in the bowling industry. 3 National PBA Titles; 9 Regional PBA Titles, including 1980 Eastern Region Tournament of Champions. Bill has written for Bowling Digest and currently writes for Bowler's Journal International. Bill has an extensive list of accomplishments and credentials, he is both a USBC Gold Level Coach, 2000 and a member of the Gold Level Coach Review Committee since 2001.

Bowling Trainer / German

Thomas is a great contributor to this site. Thomas (known as nsane on

The International Art of Bowling

The International Art of Bowling is a unique bowling experience focusing on the expertise of USBC Gold Level Coach, Ron Hoppe, and USBC Silver Level Coaches, Jason Belmonte and Diandra Asbaty. Not only will the IAB offer superior coaching and instruction, but will also give bowlers a chance to be a part of something revolutionary and new. IAB efforts will be focused globally as well as domestically.

The services we offer range from personal appearances, to Bowling Bootcamp Clinics. The IAB artists, Ron Hoppe, Jason Belmonte, and Diandra Asbaty all specialize in different areas and will customize each event to suit their customer. A menu of choices will be presented to each interested party to assure a complete and well-developed Bowling Bootcamp for their customer.


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