Life as a Tour Rep by Del Ballard Jr.

Life as a Tour Rep by Del Ballard Jr.

Life on the road as a tour representative is an incredible opportunity. I spent the whole summer on tour with the ladies on the PWBA Tour. We just wrapped up a whirlwind of a week at the 2016 U.S. Open.

The week at the U.S. Open were some of the longest days I have ever been a part of. This event included several new rules regarding equipment. You were only allowed to register 8 balls during qualifying, you could not change surfaces out on the lanes once practice started, and you could not have more than 8 balls in the locker room. Our day as a tour rep started at 7 am every morning discussing surfaces changes with each player because they were on a rotating squad schedule. A squad bowled first, followed by C squad, and then B squad. A was “fresh”, B was “burn”, and C was “double burn”. These rotate each day so that all participants see a different condition. (What is funny to me is when I bowled these events there were never these terms!).

The US Open is a tournament like no other. The mental and physical grind on the players is brutal. The mental and physical grind on the tour reps is pretty brutal too. During qualifying it’s all about keeping your angles in front of you, never losing the pocket, and making your spares. For the players we try to help them stay in the right zone on the lane and keep them in the right frame of mind. We also try to watch certain pairs that we know might be different than the others and communicate it to the players.

Marshall Kent lead the tournament by a lot and Francois Lavoie was second. Marshall put on a show through the week, playing outside the first arrow on A squad and lofting the left gutter on C squd. It was an awesome display of versatility! There was a crowd watching him on a lane that was hooking a ton. They were never easy. It’s the US Open after all! When match play rolled around, Marshall had a slight lead over Francois but Marshall started to strike…a lot. He shot 360 over and swept all 8 of his matches taking a 320 pin lead over Francois.

Match play continued the next morning and Marshall continued to bowl great opening up with a 450 pin lead. He was just incredible!! I had not seen that dominating of a display since Walter Ray lead the 1993 US Open by 530 pins over me. The next round though Francois put on his own show, bowling the highest block in match play. He cut Marshall’s lead down to 270 pins. It was awesome to watch.

Team Storm and Roto Grip had an unbelievable week on the lanes! Heading into the stepladder finals, Anthony Simonsen was third, Shawn Maldonado was fourth, and John Szczerbinski rounded out the top 5. On a side note, we had Martin Larsen in 6th, Andres Gomez was 7th, and Arturo Quintero was 8th. 11 out of 12 guys were throwing Storm/Roto Grip. I have never seen such a dominant display by our equipment. Great bowlers, great bowling balls.


Pearson Rolls 300 While Fighting Cancer

Pearson Rolls 300 While Fighting Cancer

Kenneth Pearson may have already had a few 300 games but his league is going to remember the one he had in January for a long time. Fran Deken, who bowls league with Kenneth, posted this message on Facebook:

“Tonight I witnessed an amazing 300 game by Ken Pearson. What made it so amazing is that he's between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack. Not his first perfect game but certainly a memorable one. Now that's passion for the game. Ball of choice was an IQ Tour Fusion.”

When we saw Fran’s message and the video of his 300, we had to hear more about Kenneth’s story. He has been bowling for 20 years and currently bowls four leagues a week. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in June and had surgery in August. After his surgery was complete, he was in the hospital for 11 days and couldn’t wait to get back to the lanes.

“I did what the doctors told me.” Kenneth said. “They said once I got my staples off and I could get around more thenI could go back to bowling.”

His teammates were anxious and kept asking him when he’d be back on the lanes. He knew he had to wait until he got back to the doctor and was fully released to bowl.

“I went to my appointment and I said, ‘You know what I’m going to ask. My teammates want to know when they can have their anchorman back.’”

What made it so amazing is that he's between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack.

Kenneth, who is also blind in one eye is set to continue his radiation and chemo again in February, but he’s not ready to let it bring him down.

“My wife, 18-year-old, and 8-year-old keep me going,” Kenneth said.  “I’m not going to let it knock me down. I’ll stay motivated and keep on going.”

Kenneth chooses to throw Storm bowling balls because they roll best for his style. In fact, his bag is full of Storm. He says it’s hard to choose a favorite but his favorite right now is the Snap Lock. His 18-year-old got it for him for his birthday and he rolled a 300 with it. He dreams to bowl some professional events someday.

“Right now, I got to keep fighting the cancer,” Kenneth said. “If you fight it, then you can beat it.”


Timeless | In Your Words

Timeless | In Your Words

"Today finally bought a new ball in over a year! Decided to go with the new Timeless that just came out yesterday! I pinned down the ball just below the ring finger hole. This ball is INSANE! It isn't the most hooking ball, but that is what is good about it! It's not too aggressive but not so it barely hooks. This ball has a lot of back-end which is something new in my arsenal compared to my other balls. When I first threw the ball I kept on moving left and left tell I finally hit a target area to strike! Rolling my first several games with a 247,235, and mid 220's!" - Cale Rusch

"Tonight, my team won our high school division!! And to make it even better, I was throwing my brand new Timeless! Absolutely love it!" - Brittany Ahlgrim

This ball is INSANE! It isn't the most hooking ball, but that is what is good about it! It's not too aggressive but not so it barely hooks.

"Today was night one with my Timeless. O... M... G... That ball does not quit! Used it from game 1 - 3... Get the ball out a board it creates killer carry. Get the ball a bit deep in the pocket and watch the pins fly." - Thomas Musante
"I brought out the new Timeless tonight. It is amazing. 242, 278,268 for 788... Extremely clean through the heads, non violent off the spot, and has a strong continuous roll through the pins." - Michael Reid

“The new #stormtimeless it gets through the heads really smooth, and is super strong off the spot. I find with the dual drive weight block I can get away with a lot of light shots like this without ugly pinfall, after one shot I could tell this was gonna be a winner. #stormnation” - Malcolm Jacobson (Mj)


A Wave of Success with the NEW Torrent

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Team Storm Staff  Member
"Good way to end the day! Was able to win my spot for the Proprietors Cup with 981 for 4 games, all with the new Storm Torrent!"


16711480_1303092466420718_6391161887324666629_nAlex Hoskins
Technical Customer Service Representative at Storm Products

"Tough Guy Shootout February Champion! Stayed in the process and executed on the final shot to win by 1 pin with a strike. Alpha Crux and Hy-Road got me there, but the Torrent was the ball of choice in the finals."


16780016_10212170147234254_1998005600_nDarrel Ratliff
Team Storm Staff  Member

"Just shot 300 with my brand new Storm Torrent! Bad 2nd game making the wrong move left instead of right. Moved about 5 right and threw it harder. This ball is as predictable as it gets!"


Learn more about the Torrent and how it will fit in your bag. 


New and Improved Website

Holy cow!  Have you seen our new digs?  Our interweb digs that is.  Yup, we've finally updated our site with new and improved functionality and a very modern look and feel.  The site is now able to be viewed on mobile devices so it's easier to visit us while you're on the go.

So why the update?  Well, we thought of you.  Our goal is to give our bowlers all the information you need when selecting a ball.  When you look at the details of the a ball, you will find a ton of information about how the ball rolls, the coverstock and other key components needed when selecting your 300 ball.

You can still buy our great looking clothing and accessories to get you ready to bowl that perfect game.

Things to look forward to are ball comparisons, Matchmaker and other great features that will give you the edge on the lanes.

We're excited about where we are and where we're headed and we're grateful to have you aboard.

See you on the lanes!