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Kegler's Connection

   January 14, 2001

  Grandstand News:
      1. Welcome Notes
      2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
      3. Telecast Schedule
      4. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard to Appear on The X Show
      5. Ryan Shafer Signs with Storm
      6. Turbo 2-n-1 Becomes Official Grip of YABA
      7. YABA Top Stars
  USA Bowling News:
      8. Jeff Piroozshad Joins USA Bowling
  Hollywood News:
      9. Ed Wins Big at People's Choice Awards
  Miscellaneous News:
      10. Stock Watch
      11. And Finally


1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to this week's edition of Kegler's Connection. In this issue, you'll learn that Carolyn Dorin-Ballard is going bowling on "The X Show," that televised PBA events finally resumed Sunday, and you'll learn from George Freeman how to play on oil.


2. Tip of the Week

This week George talks about playing on oil.

We've all heard the term "house conditions," and how easy they have become in the last decade. Usually a house condition has what is called a top hat--oil is laid down in the middle of the lane, with the outside (3rd arrow to the gutter) relatively dry. This allows players to throw the ball inside, where the oil is, out to the dry part of the lane, where it will hook back into the pocket. The term "adult bumper bowling" is fashioned after the bumpers sometimes placed in the gutters for children, so they will not throw the ball in the gutter. The adult version is invisible, but is just as effective in negating the effects of poorly thrown shots. But what happens when this adult "bumper" is taken away? Usually the result is low scoring, because bowlers attempt to throw the ball "into the dirt," only to find oil, so the ball never recovers, or hooks back, into the pocket. Even today's high-powered equipment can be rendered useless with the right lane condition, so how do you combat this challenge? With knowledge. Here are some basic tips when dealing with oil.

1. Soften your shot. Today's players, especially the power players, like to use maximum revolutions with lots of speed. On house conditions, this works very well, because when the ball hits the dry it creates a very steep entry angle into the pocket, which creates lively pin action. Even glancing shots turn into strikes. With oil on the outside, however, the ball cannot recover, especially with the extra speed, and therefore will either not hit the head pin, or hit the head pin thinly enough to leave a 2-10 split or a combination thereof. Having 30 revolutions will not help you on oil if you only give the ball half a second to react to the lane surface. So softening the speed is a must. You have to give your ball time to react, or flip over, to create any kind of entry angle at all.

2. Square up. This is probably one of the hardest things for a medium-to-high-end player to do, since the need to do so on house conditions so rarely call for it. Moving your feet and target right (or left for left handers) will take away the need to send the ball to the gutter, and therefore take away some ground the ball will have to cover in order to react to the lane and hit the pocket.

These are by no means the only ways to deal with oily conditions, but this will give you a start. It's fine to know how to play the game one way, but having more than one trick in your bag (other than just trying to pull out another ball) will give you an edge.

Till next time, take care.

George Freeman


3. Telecast Schedule

Sunday, January 14, 12:30 pm ET, live, National Bowling Stadium National/Senior Doubles
Sunday, January 21, 12:30 pm ET, live, Silicon Valley Open
Sunday, January 28, 2 pm ET, The Orleans Casino Open

For more bowling telecasts visit:



ROCKFORD, IL--PWBA player and Ebonite staff member, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., will be a guest host for "The X Show" which will be broadcast on the FX Channel at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 15, 2001.

The men's magazine/talk show will be focusing on "fun" bowling and will be showcasing a variety of Ebonite's fun balls, bags, & accessories.

"This is a great opportunity to show the public how much fun bowling is," said Dorin-Ballard. "Bowling balls and equipment have changed-they aren't just black anymore. Bowling is a fun sport and now we have the equipment to showcase that," she added.

For more information, please visit:


5. Ryan Shafer Signs with Storm

After arguably his best year on the PBA Tour, including serious contention for Player of the Year in 2000, Ryan Shafer signed for the 2001 season with Storm Products.

Read more about Shafer and Storm at:


6. Turbo 2-n-1 Becomes Official Grip of YABA

The Young American Bowling Alliance has announced a sponsorship agreement with Turbo 2-N-1 Grips to become the "Official Grip of the Young American Bowling Alliance." The sponsorship places emphasis on YABA's Junior Gold Program by allowing Turbo 2-N-1 Grips a strong presence at the USA Junior Gold National Championships in July 2001 at the National Bowling Stadium and by being included in the Junior Gold program's official publication, The Gold Approach.

For more details, visit:


7. YABA Top Stars

While many folks were taking a few weeks off from bowling at year end, YABA has many youth bowlers who shot the lights out during the holidays. To see all the honor scores by today's best youth bowlers, visit:


8. Jeff Piroozshad Joins USA Bowling

Jeff Piroozshad is a bowler who wears many hats--2000 Collegiate All American, bowling coach at many levels, volunteer chat host and tip writer, and now USA Bowling reports they've hired Jeff to work at their Colorado Springs, CO headquarters as assistant to the director of coaching. While Florida will certainly miss him, USA Bowling will be gaining a valuable member to its staff.

Read more about it at:


9. Ed Wins Big at People's Choice Awards

Apparently bowlers aren't the only ones enjoying breakout hit, "Ed" this season. The television show featuring the "bowling alley lawyer" won the People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series and airs Wednesdays on NBC at 8 pm ET.


10. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .095 at 15:53 EST on 01/12/01
Brunswick (BC) 17.875 at 16:01 EST on 01/12/01


11. And Finally

That brings us to the end of another edition. Thanks for reading Kegler's Connection, and have a great week.

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