Ball Reps Are Professional Consultants
Professional bowlers have a great amount of respect for their "ball
reps" who follow them from tour stop to tour stop offering
highly technical advise on what ball or balls works best of the
condition the PBA members are shooting on.
Since we previously covered a number of the PBA tour stops on the
East Coast we became very familiar as to what these "ball reps" or tour
consultants do and at a pro-tour stop in Cheektowaga we sat down with
Chris Schlemer, at that time the pro-tour technical consultant for Storm
and Roto-Grip who now serves the company as their Roto Grip brand
When I used the term "ball rep" Chris's business card at that time
clearly said he was a "Technical Consultant and Pro Tour Consultant."
Schlemer, originally from Troy, Ill. near St. Louis came on board
with Storm in the spring of 2001 and previously was a tour rep for
Visionary on the former Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA)
tour. While with the women's tour Chris drilled bowling balls and
assisted giving the lady bowlers advise on the Visionary bowling
Some ago at about the age of 20 and 21 Chris was an active league
bowler and became an accomplished bowler from both the right and left
side. He kept a 230 average bowling right handed and a 200 average
bowling left handed.
His college education produced a degree in computers and graphics
which has proved to be a great benefit in him becoming an accomplished
Technical Pro Tour Consultant.
Schlemer pointed out at that time that he had to know the Radium of
Gyration (RG) of each of the Storm and Roto-Grip bowling balls and the
differential of the bowling shot laid down. He noted that the
Professional Bowling Association (PBA) tweaks (changes) their shots so
that they are new each bowling season.
Bowling balls have a RD converted to a scale of 1-10. RG numbers
range from 2.430 to 2.800, but some companies have converted them to a
1-10 scale to help give the consumer a better frame of reference. Mass
distribution numbers describe the distribution of mass in the bowling
ball. High RG numbers indicate that the balls mass is distributed more
towards the cover (cover heavy) which promotes length through the heads
of the bowling lane. Low RG numbers indicate that the balls mass is
distributed more towards the center (center heavy) which promotes an
earlier roll through the front part of the lane.
Chris pointed out that the difference between the maximum and
minimum Radius of Gyration is that the RG-differential indicates the
bowing ball's track flare potential and the higher the number the
greater the track flare potential.
In talking with Chris it became very clear that the technical
consultant has to know his stuff which includes the knowledge of his
company's bowling balls on all PBA shot conditions. He also has to know
his bowlers well and that includes their timing, releases and their
personalities (which he calls a key factor.)
These ball reps have to be very professional and bowling knowledge is a key to them doing the job they perform.
By Mike Luongo
Bowlers: This week's tip applies mostly to those bowlers who are using modern bowling balls.
You may not know that the modern bowling ball is porous with
several different densities and has numerous chemicals in the cover
As these balls change temperature, the cover and core will expand
and contract. Due to the different materials used for the core, inner
core and cover, this fluctuation occurs at different rates. Leaving the
ball in a car when temperatures are severe, very hot or very cold, the
expansion and contraction causes severe stress on the cover. This stress
is even greater when a cold ball is used to bowl while it is still
This may cause your ball to crack. So this tip is not only
educational but let it serve as a reminder to take care of your bowling
ball investment--avoid the experience that some bowlers are going
through--and if you carry your balls to and from the center, don't leave
them in your car.
Mike Luongo is technically certified through IBPSIA as a
Pro Shop Operator. Master Instructor, a Silver Level Coach with the USBC
and is also an Advisor and Special Events Assistant with the Storm and
Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. If you have a question or subject you
would like covered, he can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many local bowling leagues
have completed the 2016-17 season. To the many league champions we offer
our sincere congratulations. The long 32 week seasons that start in
early September now give way to summer leagues which mostly run during
the months of June-August.
This will be our wrap-up
bowling column for this season, we thank the local bowling
establishments and league secretaries for their cooperation in getting
the league and honor scores to us.
We will return with Bowling Highlights in September but now it is on to our Golfing Highlights starting next week.
The underdog Sysco
Philadelphia Hitmen and the defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers
got the fifth edition of the L.L. Beam PBA League Elias Cup Competion
off to a roaring start with sudden-death victories in front of a
sold-out crowd last Sunday afternoon at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine
and aired on ESPN.
Tom Smallwood won the
sudden-death (one ball playoff) for the Hitmen and crowd-favorite Norm
Duke got the one-ball roll-off strike for the Strikers.
The PBA league playoffs continues Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
With some of the lowest scores
recorded this season the limited highlights for this league found Jody
Farquhar with the single high game of 235 and the high series of 617.
The only other 200 plus games saw Jon Wilhelm with a 223 and Kevin
Tues. Mixed Firefighter
Pedro Agapito III a 274, 697,
Shane Cunningham 228, 248, 670, Trasey Barres 199, 512, Larry Whipple
225, 616, Stanley Gilmore 247, 617, Karen Martin 192, 500, Mike Scuderi
601, Tom Belgiovene 242, 628, Kyle Giordano 264, 637, Jon Wilhelm 651,
Linda Schaefer 185, Joan Lake 202, 534, Keith Smith 236, Liz Stubits
192, 189, 190, 571, Dave Graham 600.
Lisa Cartwright 195, Trasey
Barres 199, Connie McKenley 181, 505, Theresa Balzano 192, Kristy Lopez
192, 527, Liz Stubits 181, 189, Christie Graham 194, Mari Jane Conklin
186, Joan Lake 205, 181, 551, Tabatha Smith 198, 181, 545, Dottie Cox
180, Audrey Woolard 196.
Ed Townsend is a Public
Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of
sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information
for this column. If you have league or tournament information , bowl a
300 game or 800 series, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at
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