Honor Scores Galore with Crux Prime

When our Team Storm players heard the Crux Prime™ was coming to their bags, the excitement was overwhelming. They couldn't wait to get their hands on this ball and punch it up. This ball has produced numerous honor scores around the world in the few weeks that it's been on the lanes.

Here's a recap on some of the honor scores and reviews that have been reported by Storm Nation in the first few weeks after the release of the NEW Crux Prime.

January 13: WATCH Jeremy Hunt, shot 300 with the new Crux Prime at the Cape Girardeau Tournament Series.

January 16: Jordan Racke hit perfection the first game out of the box with the Crux Prime in honor of his friend! Watch the 12th shot.  

"300 first game out of the box after leaving Rick Hitt’s celebration of life, Josh Hitt said “go shoot 300 for Pappy.” That was for you Pappy!!!!" - Jordan Racke

What's inside the Crux Prime? With the Catalyst Core, you, too, will bear witness to unprecedented power, increased entry angle, and a greater margin for error with its dynamic asymmetrical design and vertical cavity technology.

"The first two times that I used the Crux Prime (OOB) in my league I bowled 778 & 766. I have been using Storm bowling balls for more than 20 years and have never been disappointed but the Crux Prime is one special ball." - Lew Agius

January 18: Timmy Powell  put together games of 268-278-259 for an 805 fresh out of the box with his Crux Prime!

January 21: Ric Mccormick with games of 278-266-255 for a 799 set for his first set out of the box.

"This ball is unbelievable. Storm really made something special when they came out with this masterpiece. Right out the box i threw numbers of 267,246,225." - Colin

January 23: Billy Wigand IV had a monster set on the lanes with the new Crux Prime! He rolled games of 300-263-279 for an 842 set.

January 24: Harry Shaffer rolled 820 with his Crux Prime. WATCH his 10th frame of the last game here.

"Crux Prime is a must! This ball hits hard and carries the power through the pins!!" - Ryan McGuire

January 24: Christopher Jannazzo put together games of 279-299-278 for an 856 set with his Crux Prime drilled at Mike Machuga's Next Level Pro Shop.

January 24: Ian Willard rolled 300 with the Crux Prime in the Milwaukie Scratch Trios league.

The innovation that comes with the Catalyst Core is evident with every honor score that's posted. The genius the design is in the cavity which lets the driller remove less mass with most layouts.

January 25: Cameron Bechtol put together games of 269-279-254 for an 802 Series with the Crux Prime. Watch the finish to his set.

"I really love this ball it plays the lanes great, glad I have one of these in my bag." - Cameron Bechtol

January 27: Alex Diercks rolled 300 with the Crux Prime in the finals at Greater Iowa Scholarship Bowling Tour.

When this coverstock encounters midlane friction, it digs in harder, unlike anything Storm has produced to date.

January 27: Jalen Mosley shot 1047 for 4 games (shooting 803 the first 3) with the Crux Prime. Watch his 10th frame.

"I’m starting to believe all this ball does is strike..." - Jalen Mosley

January 29: Jeff Williams put together games of 277-279-244 for 800 with the Crux Prime drilled at the High Roller Pro Shop!

The breakthrough has truly begun. SPEC stands for “Storm Performance Enhanced Coverstock”. The intent behind this formula was to create something that withstands the rigors every bowling ball endures each time it takes a trip down the lane; namely, the friction and oil it encounters.

February 1: Luke Rosdahl rolled 255-246-300 for a 801 series with the Crux Prime.

With SPEC, you can expect consistent performance that is as tireless as it is dynamic. It’s bold, definite, and extremely potent.

February 3: Jeff Shadbolt & Chuck Reynolds Jr. roll 300 with the Crux Prime. Watch Chuck Reynolds Jr.'s 10th frame.

February 5: Lee Sandt took a Crux Prime off the press and rolled 280-257-278 for an 815 set.

"I have to say, there is something special about this ball. The scores being rolled by multiple customers with different styles in different center speaks volumes." - Lee Sandt

February 5: Chris Kishbaugh shot his 100th career 300 with the Crux Prime. He finished his set with a 792 series at Skylanes Bowling Center.

February 5: Jimmy Hannay rolled a perfect 300 game at Bowl America Eastern in Richmond, VA.

February 5: Beau Schenk rolled his 33rd 300 with his Crux Prime.

February 5: Jim Hilligas put together games of 268-267- 289

with the Crux Prime.

"This is a must have in your bag if you need some hook on a tighter condition." - Jim Hilligas

The Crux Prime is available worldwide now. Our Tech Team conducted some tests with this new release at Storm HQ. Check it out here.

Still have some questions about this new release? Whether you have burning questions about bettering your game or just want to know how to get the most out of your new Crux Prime, we’re here with answers. The best part is your questions will help us create how-to videos that will be featured on Storm’s YouTube channel. Each week nine lucky winners will have a chance to earn some new Storm products.

Visit a Storm VIP Pro Shop near you to discuss your arsenal and find out where this new release would fit in your bag.


Get To Know Matt "OG" O'Grady

It was a true Cinderella story! In 2018, Matthew O'Grady had to enter the Tournament of Champions through the pre-tournament qualifier to claim a spot into the tournament. At the end of the week, he climbed the stepladder as the #5 seed on TV winning all four matches to earn his first PBA Tour Title and become a major champion.

 

The TOC returns to AMF Riviera Lanes this week in Fairlawn, Ohio. The first round begins Wednesday, February 6, and will be streamed live on FloBowling.

O'Grady recently extended his agreement with Storm Products signing a multi-year contract.

Before competition begins, get to know some fun facts about the defending TOC Champion:

Nickname: OG

One thing you can't travel without: !Q Tour Pearl

If I had extra hours in the day I would: Learn new languages

Favorite Restaurant on the Road: Chipotle

One movie every person should watch is: Forest Gump

Favorite Holiday: Christmas, the holiday that brings family together

What's your favorite bowling ball currently: PhysiX  

What’s your favorite tournament win ever? 2009 Bud Light Challenge

How many bowling balls do you take from tournament to tournament? Average 20-30

What did you want to be when you grow up? Weather Channel Meteorologist

What do you like to do during the off-season? Golf & Beach Activities

Person who inspires you the most? Joely Rose O’Grady

Favorite quote: "Hard Work Beats Talent Everytime"

Bowling Goal for 2019: WIN the PBA Playoffs

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12 Year Old Bowls Up A Storm

Nicholas Weidenbach, 12, has only been bowling for one year but has already accomplished a great deal on the lanes. He started bowling in October 2017 when he joined a youth bowling league in Michigan. At first, it was just something to do. After a couple of weeks he was watching another youth bowler compete and decided to try bowling with two-hands. An avid YouTube fan, he soon discovered videos of Jason Belmonte and found his new favorite athlete. He started working on the basics and soon was reaching 100 games regularly. He continued to practice all summer long.

When a new season began he was determined to show his friends how much he had improved. His parents decided to sign him up for a local scholarship event and he won the very first one he entered. Excited and determined to continue improving on the lanes, Nicholas didn't stop there. Of the 9 scholarship events he has entered in the last 6 months he has won 7 and placed second in the other two. His current average in league is 139 and he has bowled several games above 200.

Here's some more fun facts about this young fan of bowling:

What's in your bag?

  • Drive, Pitch Black, Match-Up Black Pearl, Storm Ice. He is also super excited for February 22nd when his birthday present (a pre-ordered Fever Pitch) comes in!!

Favorite Pro-Bowler

  • Jason Belmonte who he was able to meet when he and his family traveled to the PBA Finals in Taylor, MI. "It was the thrill of his life."

What do you do when you're not bowling?

  • I like to play video games.

What's your favorite TV Show or Movie?

  • Stranger Things (Netflix)

What do you love most about bowling?

  • Meeting new people

What do you want to be when you grow up?

  • Professional Bowler


Kelly Kulick Wins Team USA Trials

Team Storm player Kelly Kulick has had an incredible start to 2019!

On Monday, the USBC announced that Kelly has been elected to the Superior Performance category of the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame class. Click here to view Kelly's player profile.

The excitement didn't stop there. On the same day she claimed the Women's Title at the 2019 Team USA Trials. Her proven consistency and versatility was displayed throughout the five days of competition on five different challenging conditions at Gold Coast Bowling Center. With this win, she earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2019 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

"This year, I put in a lot of time and effort to be ready for this event, and I'm really committed to 2019, both for Team USA and the (Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour)," Kulick told the USBC.

What a great way to kick off 2019!


Champions Named at 2018 SYC Coastal Classic

Hurricane Michael tried to derail our return trip to the Myrtle Beach area, but Mother Nature gave us a reprieve and the SYC went on as planned.  190 youth bowlers and their families attended the SYC Coastal Classic on October 12-14 and the event was held in 2 bowling centers, Little River Lanes in Little River, South Carolina and Planet Fun in Shallotte, North Carolina.

The SYC weekend kicked off with “Friday Funday” filled with registration, ball pick-up (each SYC entry included a Storm Son!Q bowling ball), a Q&A with the Storm Pro Staff, practice sessions and concluded with the popular SYC Beach Party in Ocean Isle, NC.  The awesome staff at Planet Fun hosted a delicious BBQ for our SYC families while the bowlers met new friends, collected shells, played frisbee, corn hole and other games on a beautiful evening at the beach.

On Saturday morning, competition kicked off at our two host centers. The field was split into two squads and all competitors bowled 8 games at their starting center. When bowling was complete, the families had time to explore the community and since Myrtle Beach is the mini golf capital of the world, Storm decided to host the SYC Mini Golf Challenge on Saturday night.  This fun event gave kids time to get to know each other off the lanes and form new friendships.

All bowlers were back on the lanes Sunday morning for their second block of 8 games. Kegel, one of our SYC sponsors, builds the lane patterns for all of our Storm Youth Championships. The Little River Lanes oil pattern proved to be the higher scoring of the two patterns and Tyrell Ingalls kicked off the day with games of 266-269-276 for a nice 811 set. In addition, Silas Lira, Anthony Godwin and Bryce Oliver rolled exciting 300 games at Little River Lanes on Sunday.

At the completion of 16 games, we awarded medals for the top three competitors in the 6 age and gender-based divisions for each bowling center.  Additionally, we awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for the top three overall medalists and trophies and champion banner for the overall champions in each division.

The Little River medalists were: U12 Girls - Kayla Starr (gold), Kaitlyn Stull (silver), Caylin Campbell (bronze). U12 Boys - Keegan Alexander (gold), Henry Hind (silver), Jared Burgio (bronze). U15 Girls - Jillian Martin (gold), Karina Capron (silver), Annalise O’Bryant (bronze).  U15 Boys Brandon Bohn (gold), Alexander Horton (silver), Rylan Breese (bronze). U20 Girls - Jenna Williams (gold), Caroline Thesier (silver), Gillian Moore (bronze). U20 Boys -  Spencer Robarge (gold), Tyrell Ingalls (silver), Bryce Oliver (bronze).

The Planet Fun medalists were: U12 Girls Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Kayla Starr (silver), Caylin Campbell (bronze). U12 Boys - Nathan Thesier (gold), Keegan Alexander (silver), Henry Hind (bronze). U15 Girls Jillian Martin (gold), Kelsey Cummings (silver), Victoria Varano (bronze).  U15 Boys Joshua Collins (gold), Rylan Breese (silver), Hayden Tarris (bronze).  U20 Girls - Kamerin Peters (gold), Amanda Naujokas (silver), Jenna Williams (bronze). U20 Boys - Bryce Oliver (gold), Justin Bohn (silver), Spencer Robarge (bronze).

The SYC Champions were those bowlers who scored the most total pins at both bowling centers. In the U12 Girls division, Kayla Starr from Maryland earned her first SYC victory with a 112 pin victory over silver medalist, Kaitlyn Stull from North Carolina. The bronze medal went to Caylin Campbell from Georgia.  The U12 Boys champion was Keegan Alexander from New York, who finished 233 pins ahead of silver medalist Henry Hind from Tennessee.    The bronze medal went to Nathan Thesier from North Carolina.

In the U15 Girls division, Jillian Martin from Ohio captured back-to-back SYC victories as she won the SYC Music City Championships in May as well as the Coastal Classic.  Silver medal in the U15G went to Annalise O’Bryant from Georgia and the bronze medal went to Kelsey Cummings from North Carolina. The U15 Boys division was a very competitive one! Brandon Bohn from New Jersey came away with the victory over silver medalist Rylan Breese from North Carolina.  Brandon averaged 222 for the 16 games. The bronze medal went to Joshua Collins from Georgia.

The U20 Girls was another tight race where Jenna Williams from Florida earned her second SYC title with a 26 pin victory over silver medalist Kamerin Peters from New Jersey. The U20G bronze medal went to last year’s U15G winner Amanda Naujokas from New York.  In the U20 Boys division, Bryce Oliver, from Ohio averaged 240 for 16 games and took home the SYC first place trophy. The silver medal went to 3-Time SYC Champion, Spencer Robarge, from Missouri and the bronze medal went to Tyrell Ingalls from Georgia.

The Storm Youth Championships awarded a total of $17,755.00 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.  The SYC charity of choice, Ballard vs the Big C, was also a winner at our event.  BVBC raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey. The SYC donated $10 from each entry ($1900.00) for BVBC and another $1536.00 was also collected by Carolyn Dorin Ballard’s raffle items at the BVBC table.  Our SYC bowlers continue to give back to their local communities and don’t stop raising funds for BVBC when the event is complete. Joey Ocello, of New Jersey, ran his own BVBC event in his hometown and brought a $1460 donation to the Coastal Classic to present to the Ballards.  Thanks again to Joey! Our official jersey sponsor, Logo Infusion also donates a portion of each SYC jersey sold and contributed an additional $1035 for a grand total of $5931.00 for Ballard vs the Big C.

Our final stop on the 2018 SYC Tour will be held at City View Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas on November 30 through December 2, 2018. 180 youth bowlers will compete for the SYC trophy, medals, scholarships, and new champions banner. For more information on the SYC, please check the Storm website SYC page - www.stormbowling.com/syc

This tournament would not be possible without the generous support of our additional sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes.

 

 


Danielle McEwan Wins World Bowling Tour Thailand Event

Team Storm Member, Danielle McEwan, defeated Stuart Williams in a two-game match to win the Professional Bowling Association – World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand event.

Though she remained in the top 5 throughout most of the tournament, McEwan jumped into the lead after the fourth round with a score of 1381 including 48 pins handicap to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals. As the top seed, her opponent was required to beat her twice to win the title. Williams won the first game 232-218 but McEwan went on to defeat Williams 225-179 in the second game. She will also add 400 WBT ranking points to add to her current lead in the race for the WBT Finals.

“I’m speechless,” McEwan said. “Although I had a great PWBA Season, I was not happy with how it ended with multiple losses in a row on TV. I was super disappointed at the thought of having to wait an entire year until the 2019 season to redeem myself. Being able to put together everything I’ve learned so quickly and have a good result is the greatest feeling in the world.”

Storm Tour Representative, Tim Mack, spent the week working with the Team Storm players in Thailand. Mack who has been traveling the world for many years was truly impressed by the talent of the international athletes in the field at this event. He shared his thoughts about the exciting stepladder match.

“An incredible performance by a superstar that has been great all year,” Mack said. “Danielle is a special talent with a drive and work ethic that demonstrates her greatness.”

McEwan recently started training at the New York Sports Science Lab to prepare for her busy summer on the lanes. Read more about her work in the lab here. Throughout the week Team Storm players shared several achievements with the world including 300 games by Timmy Tan of Malaysia, Marshall Kent, and Francois Lavoie. 30 of the 39 players who made the finals chose to throw Storm and Roto Grip.

“It’s a big win for Danielle!” Bill Chrisman said. “There were many great PBA and PWBA players as well as some of the world’s best international competing this week. It’s been a great week for the Team USA and Team Storm players. Things always work out for best.”

The PBA-WBT Thailand event is the 10thstop of the 2018 WBT Tour. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the WBT Finals in January 2019. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

Next on the schedule for McEwan, she will travel with Team Storm for the 2018 Samho Korea Cup.


Danielle McEwan In The Lab

Tonight at the PWBA Tour Championships the #2 seed, Danielle McEwan, will take on Maria Jose Rodriquez in the Semifinal Match on CBS Sports at 8pm Eastern Time.

Prior to the start of the week, we talked to Danielle about some of the work that she’s been doing off the lanes to prepare for the 2018 PWBA Season. This summer, Danielle spent a lot of time traveling to bowl. During the weeks she was home, she spent some time training at the New York Sports Science Lab (SSL) to better understand ways she can train off the lanes.

You can WATCH some of what she was working on in this video from the SSL.

According to the SSL’s website, “The Sports Science Lab (SSL) is a world-class facility focused on optimizing performance of all athletes through measuring and quantifying the subtleties and complexities of athletic movement using state-of-the-art sports science technologies. Our mission is rooted in the philosophy that every athlete, regardless of age, body type or experience level, deserves to perform at their personal best.”

Find out what Danielle has been up to in our interview below.

What’s your favorite part of training at the SSL?

I love training at the Sports Science Lab for so many reasons. The trainers are awesome, they are so supportive and are always looking for new ways to learn about and help me in my sport.

The facility is so cool, they literally have every piece of technology an athlete would ever need. From training tools for your brain, to physical tools for your body, to recovery- they have it all.

In what ways do you feel it’s improved your bowling game?

The biggest way I’ve seen it improve my bowling game is mentally. In the beginning of the season, I was really struggling with keeping a quiet mind and staying focused.

At the lab, we did a lot of work that focused on the task at hand and eliminating distractions and I instantly saw a change on the lanes.

What types of exercises do the trainers work with you for bowling?

One of the first things we noticed through my physical evaluation was that my hips were really tight and imbalanced. They gave me a bunch of stretches and exercises to add into my normal fitness routine to help focus on this.

What exercises do you do to help with your mental game?

We do a lot of sensorimotor skill exercises that train my brain to focus on the task at hand, avoid distractions and make decisions quickly on the fly. We also do a lot of rhythm drills that are bowling specific. This helps with both timing and keeping a clear mind.

As soon as you start overthinking the situation and get off timing, it’s impossible, just like overthinking a shot in bowling!

What did they discover in their analysis?

One major thing that they noticed on my body is how imbalanced I am, especially in my hips from my left to right side. I’ve know, and have been working on this for years. The motion that our sport demands us to do over and over again makes it very difficult to avoid this issue.

I cannot stress enough to anyone who bowls a lot, at any level, how important it is to take care of you body and to train outside of the bowling center.

It is so important to keep your body as balanced as you possibly can.

What kind of exercises are you able to do while traveling or at home that you learned at the SSL?

I started working with the SSL during the PWBA season, therefore, most of our focus has been on recovery and mental game. They have taught me a bunch of different ways of stretching to add to what I already do that have helped out tremendously.

As the end of the PWBA Tour Season nears, what are your bowling plans for the end of 2018?

Even though the PWBA season is ending, the end of my personal bowling season is no where in sight. I will be going overseas immediately to compete on the World Bowling Tour, as well as a few additional international events, followed by competition for Team USA and then competing with the men on the PBA Tour.

To follow updates on Danielle and all the other #TeamStorm players visit pwba.com.


Team Storm Earn Medals at PABCON Senior Championships

Six Team Storm members, including Coach Bill Spigner, and their teammates took home 8 gold medals and 18 overall medals in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the 2018 Pan American Bowling Federation Senior Championships.

Storm Staff members on the men’s team included returning Sr. Team USA member, Lennie Boresch Jr, Steve Badovinac, and Warren Eales.

“I am honored tremendously to wear the Red, White, and Blue for the USA,"  Badovinac said. "Being asked by your teammate and Hall of Famer to get two strikes in 10th to shut out Canada for the Gold is awesome and then executing two great shots to win the Gold is Priceless."

Badovinac, of Parker, Colorado, picked up five medals including gold medals in doubles, trios and team, silver in all-events, and bronze in the Masters competition. Badovinac found success using a pin down, no hole Code Black at 1000 grit surface and a pin up, no hole Code Black at 2000 surface. He also used a pin down, no hole Intense Fire at 2000 grit surface.

"Bigger than any of that was the true emotional camaraderie between all the countries," Badovinac said. "My ability to speak Spanish as a second language and having grown up in Puerto Rico made the communication seamless. My good friend Lennie Boresch said, 'I have never hugged so many people in my life in one week of bowling.' Team USA did more off the lanes to be proud of and I am humbled and I thank God every day for all he has done for me and through me, I am grateful through the awesome sport of bowling I can serve others in Christ."

Eales, from Chandler, Arizona and recently won a PBA50 event in Florida this year, took home 4 medals, with golds coming in doubles, trios and team event as well as a silver in the Masters competition.

"Being a part of Team USA and the success the team had just added to what has already been an incredible year (really past four months) for me," Eales said." In late April I won the first PBA50 event of the year in New Port Richey (Phaze II, HyRoad Nano), a month later I bowled USBC Nationals in Syracuse and posted what would eventually win the Bowlers Journal Senior Singles and Doubles events (Sure Lock) and now 3 golds and a silver medal at PABCON as a member of Team USA.  I'm living the dream, don't wake me up!”

4-time PBA Champion Boresch, from Kenosha, Wisconsin  picked up 3 gold medals as well, winning team, trios and all-events, and added a silver in singles for a total of 4 medals in the event.

"Bowling Pabcon for Team USA was a completely different experience from bowling individual PBA events," Boresch said. "The sportsmanship aspect was much more visible and the camaraderie was stronger between the other teams. Because of the smaller playing field, we got to know the competitors much faster. New, friendships were quickly built. While everyone is competing for the gold medal everyone around us was rooting each other on."

The Team USA Women were dominant as well, winning 10 medals overall.  Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, picked up 2 silvers, one in all-events and one in team with her teammates, Sharon Powers, Luci Sandelin, and Paula Vidad. The trio of Johnson, Powers, and Sandelin earned a gold medal for Team USA.

Vidad, a Storm staffer from Sun City, California, earned 2 medals during the week using a Storm Phaze II, Code X, and Intense Fire at 1,000 grit.  She earned a gold medal with Sandelin in doubles and silver in the team event.

"It was such an honor to represent the USA since we haven't had a senior team participate since 2009," Vidad said. "Wearing red, white and blue ALWAYS makes you stand a little taller and straighter! I guess 'proud' would be the best description."

In addition to competition, Vidad enjoyed exploring Canada with her teammates.

"As a team we ventured to downtown Calgary on the train, walked around, ate dinner and went to the top of the Calgary Tower. What a beautiful city!" Vidad said. "Also a few of us went to the Olympic Center, Lake Louise, Banff and went 5 pin bowling! It was a wonderful experience!"

We're so proud of these staffers representing Team USA and Storm Products on and off the lanes. Congratulations to all of those who earned medals throughout the week.


Michael Haugen Jr. Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that Michael Haugen Jr. has joined Team Storm. Haugen has won five Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Tour Titles including one major title at the 2008 Tournament of Champions and several PBA Regional titles. He has also earned three PBA50 titles including one major at the 2017 Senior U.S. Open.

Haugen has been a PBA Member since 1994 and competes on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour.

“For me personally, I’m glad to join Team Storm and be on Bill Chrisman’s team.” Haugen said. “He does a lot for bowling – not just the tours. He supports all bowling from youth bowling to military bowling and more. There’s probably not a company or a person that gives back as much as him in our industry.”

Prior to joining Team Storm, Haugen chose to throw Storm and Roto Grip products exclusively on the PBA50 Tour.

“The majority of my bag has always been Storm and Roto Grip,” Haugen said.  “As a free agent, it gives me the best chance to win.”

Haugen recently locked up the PBA50 Player of the Year (POY) honor after his finish at the PBA50 Cup. This achievement makes him the second player to win PBA50 ROY and POY honors in consecutive years.

“Storm is excited to add Michael to our Team,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “He has been very loyal to our brand over the years as a free agent so it’s a natural fit to make things official. He has a great understanding of our equipment, our culture, and what we stand for. He will be a great teammate.”

Haugen’s love for bowling started at a young age on the weekends with his grandfather. At age 5, his grandfather thought he was big enough to bowl with him. They continued to bowl together throughout his young life and he was a huge part of his support system on and off the lanes.

“My grandfather was the most influential person in my life,” Haugen said. “He just meant everything to me. Not just in bowling but in life.”

It didn’t take long for Haugen to figure out what he wanted to do in his life. He knew that he wanted to be a professional bowler from a very young age. He set his goals high and bowled as much as he could. His family always taught him to work hard for whatever he wanted in life and to go get it.

“With anything you do, whether it’s going to medical school for seven years or anything else, it takes sacrifice and hard work to be successful,” Haugen said. “Very few people get lucky and just fall into it.”

For some time now, Haugen’s goals and plans have been focused on the PBA50 Tour. Though he felt he wasn't as competitive week to week as he would have liked on the PBA Tour, he feels he's competitive every week now.

In 2017, he won one title, made four TV shows and earned the PBA50 Rookie of the Year (ROY) title. After his rookie season, he set his goals a little higher.

“My first goal was to make every cut on the tour,” Haugen said. “My second goal was to win more. I won two tournaments this year. I also made 6 TV shows versus 4 the previous year. My final goal was to be Player of the Year (POY).”

When Haugen has some time off the lanes, he truly enjoys golfing with friends and especially his wife, Phuong Truong. He loves spending the time with her and he feels that when he’s golfing well, it’s good practice for the lanes as well.

“Honestly, if I’m chipping and putting with good touch and feel, that’ll translate to bowling for me,” Haugen said. “I don’t know why it does, it just does.”

Haugen is busy traveling to bowl regional events until the conclusion of the PBA50 Tour at the PBA50 Storm Invitational September 28-30. He is also excited to return to the PBA Tour this fall.

“I love to compete,” Haugen said. “I love to test myself against the best players in the world. I like going to different cities and meeting new people and trying to energize whether it’s the youth or the seniors at the pro-am trying to energize and grow the sport. I really enjoy that.”

 

 

 


International Balls - The Truth

Overseas balls have acquired a cult following in recent years. But what makes them so special? They’re round just like any other ball. They can knock down ten pins just as effectively as any other Storm piece. Slightly different names and colors, though. And in Storm’s case, they smell pretty good most of the time. The number of calls and emails we receive asking for more info or how to obtain these international releases is staggering. To interpret their surge in popularity we need to take a closer look at just what they are and what they mean to the rest of the world.

We techies commonly refer to overseas balls as “private labels” or “OEMs” (original equipment manufacturer) – balls that are produced by one company (Storm) but are marketed by another company (overseas distributors).

The international market is significantly different than the US market for several reasons. The primary reasons are differences in customs, sales, and etiquette. For example, in the United States, if a bowler does well with a particular type of ball, it’s not uncommon to find several of the same balls in a league, or even on the same ball return rack. Word of mouth travels fast where we are. International etiquette is significantly different. For example, if one bowler is doing well in a league or tournament with a particular ball, it is bad form to copy that bowler and buy the same ball. As such, if you are the bowler with the ball, you have an advantage. But if you are the bowler without the ball, you are at a disadvantage. I have experienced this firsthand in my travels all across Japan. Therefore, many of our international balls are almost identical to the standard US release with very small variations, if any. The primary differences are simply the colors, logos, and surface finishes. Otherwise, they are USBC approved with very little difference in reaction or performance compared with what is currently available in our product line.

Another key difference is international distributors are usually exclusive to a particular brand. Many of our international dealers only sell Storm brand name products and equipment. As such, they need a larger selection of equipment to sell because they don’t have the same variety available to them since they choose not to associate with any of the other major international brands. Whereas in the US, all of the local distributors have equipment available for sale from any of the major brands. Hence, our product line needs to be expanded for our international customers since they can only sell so many of a particular ball before the market is “saturated”. Storm will release around a dozen balls per year domestically whereas close to 100 different balls get sent to international waters every year. Again, the major differences most of the time are simply cosmetic, with the occasional exception of a core/weight block design whose rights are owned by a certain international distributor that grants them exclusive rights to that shape.

Given these reasons listed above, many of our international partners ask for contractual rights to a particular ball and for a limited quantity. Storm typically runs these exclusive balls only one time and sells them all directly to the distributor that placed the order; sometimes in runs of only a few hundred. Occasionally, a few balls return from the international market to the local market via travelers or returning military, but this number is very low and availability is definitely limited. Once they get poured here in Brigham City, Utah they leave shortly thereafter.

Despite being well-nigh similar in performance to our standard lineup, private label balls undoubtedly turn the heads of many for those lucky enough to pick one up. Be prepared to shell out a few bucks, however. It’s not uncommon for enthusiasts to pay $300+ for one of these rarities. No matter what kind of ball you decide to toss, just be sure that it has that good lookin' Storm logo on it somewhere!