Posts Tagged ‘pro shop’

Holiday Shopping Guide!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
    That’s right folks – it’s almost the holiday season and Black Friday / Cyber Monday is right around the corner! It’s crazy how fast it sneaks up on you! If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your favorite bowlers! In order to help make things a little easier for you, here is our guide to what’s hot this year!

    Bowling Balls

    By far the hottest bowling ball this holiday season will be the [bowlingball value= “7625”/]

    [bowlingball value= “7625,i200”/]

    The newest entry into the award-winning Cell Line is sure to expand on that success! More hook and angularity than the [bowlingball value= “6053”/] will give Roto Grip fans a new look to add to their arsenal!

    Some of the other big winners this year are the [bowlingball value= “7566”/], [bowlingball value= “7137”/], [bowlingball value= “7529”/] and [bowlingball value= “7056”/]!

    Bowling Bags

    So what good are bowling balls if you can’t carry them? Every avid bowler should have a killer bag, and here are some of the coolest this year!

    Becoming more and more popular are the Triple Tote bags. They’re lighter, slimmer and very convenient!

    [bowlingball value= “6531,i200”/]

    Some others are the [bowlingball value= “7220”/], [bowlingball value= “6616”/] and [bowlingball value= “5991”/]!

    If you’re looking for a more traditional bag, look into these bad boys!

    [bowlingball value= “7247,i200”/]

    The [bowlingball value= “7185”/], [bowlingball value= “6541”/] and [bowlingball value= “4551”/]!

    Bowling Shoes

    Whether you’re an experienced tournament bowler, or someone just starting to bowl, having your own shoes is at the top of the list of things you need. If you’re bowling tournaments or leagues in different houses, being prepared to slide on any type of surface is so important. And, if you’re just starting, having your own shoes is imperative so you can learn to have consistency with your approach every time you bowl. And plus, who wants to play 4 or 5 dollars every time you hit the lanes?

    The [bowlingball value= “7017”/] and [bowlingball value= “7257”/] are the ultimate in bowling shoe technology. Interchangeable heels and soles on both feet will enable you to slide the same amount in any bowling alley you come across!

    [bowlingball value= “7017,i200”/]

    Some great shoes for beginning bowlers are the [bowlingball value= “7266”/], [bowlingball value= “5469”/] and [bowlingball value= “7273”/]!

    We hope this little guide to this year’s hottest products will help you decide what to buy for the bowlers in your family! If it hasn’t, you can always get them a gift certificate! Come on in to Bellair Lanes Pro Shop and we’ll get you set up with whatever you need!

11 in a row for Chad Agee!

Monday, October 27th, 2008

On 10/23/08, Chad Agee had the first 11 strikes and finished with a great 297 game!

Chad rolled his honor score with the Storm Spit Fire he got from us at Airport Lanes Pro Shop!

Storm Spit Fire

Way to go, Chad!


Alex Green does it again!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

On Thursday, October 16th in the Thursday Night Mixed League at Airport Lanes, Alex Green shot his 2nd 300 with the Hammer Raw Hammer Anger he got from Airport Lanes Pro Shop!

Hammer Raw Hammer Anger

Congrats Alex!


Why won't my ball HOOK? – Part Two

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Hello again!

In the first part of ‘Why won’t my ball HOOK?’ we talked about the importance of having the correct ball in your hand in order to achieve the hook you’re after. Having the correct ball in your hand is important, but having a ball that FITS your hand is even more important! So the next step is:

Having a ball that fits YOUR hand!

If you ask any good bowler they will tell you that finding the perfect fit is an ongoing process. While it is true that it takes time to fine tune your grip, having a good fit for your first ball is imperative, and will make those adjustments that much easier. If you don’t live near us here at Bellair Lanes Pro Shop you can check out’s Pro Shop Locator to find a driller near you. I’ll give you some basics that will ensure that your ball fits YOUR hand 🙂

There are several types of grips, but if you’re wanting to hook the ball the only one you want to go with is a fingertip grip. This is where your middle and ring fingers are inserted up to the crease at the first joint. Hence the term, fingertip. The reason this is the best grip is because by just having the tips of your fingers in the ball, it is easier to create lift, which is the way rotations and hook is created (We’ll talk more about that in Part Three 🙂 ). Most people trying out a fingertip grip for the first time will use finger inserts such as Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Quad Finger Inserts. Inserts are a lot softer than the ball which makes it easier on your fingers. Also, if you use the power lift side of the grips, they can also help you get a little more lift on the ball (which is always great for a new bowler).

The 2nd part of a fingertip grip (and any good fit for that matter) is having your thumb ALL THE WAY IN THE BALL. Let me repeat, ALL THE WAY IN THE BALL! I can’t stress how important this is to having the right fit. Bowling is a sport that is built on consistency. You want a consistent approach, backswing, followthrough and balance – among other things. But the most important is having a consistent release, I mean the only way to knock the pins down is by throwing the ball, right? 🙂 Well having your thumb ALL the way in the ball is the only way to have consistency with your thumb. If you only put part of your thumb in the ball, what’s to say you won’t put it in more or less the next shot? Inserting your thumb more or less from one shot to the next will make you throw the ball differently each time. And inconsistency is a very BAD thing. We need to focus on the inconsistencies of the lane conditions, not our grip!

Let me make a few things clear:

If this is your first bowling ball fit well for YOUR hand, it WILL feel weird at first! If it doesn’t, then it probably doesn’t fit right.

You’re probably used to using a house ball, or your grandpa’s AMFlite and think that’s how a ball is supposed to feel. But if you think about it, your grandpa is 7 inches taller and 117 pounds heavier than you. How could you both have the same exact hand? You don’t.

Your buddy Cletus’ Hammer Black Widow does NOT fit your hand, bro (Or sis, we are very equal opportunity here at Bellair Lanes Pro Shop :)).

This is always the hardest part of having a ball fit for your hand for a new bowler. The thumb most likely will feel tight. You’ll ask to have it opened up about 740 times. But if your pro shop guy is good, he will work with you on how to release the ball right so you won’t have to make the thumbhole so big your grandpa could use it. And in the long run you’ll be glad you didn’t. When you’re averaging 227 in a few years you’ll have that first good fit to thank 🙂

So if you haven’t yet, come see me and we’ll get you throwing a HOOK in no time!

Stay tuned for Part Three!!


Hammer Emerald Vibe Review

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

This review is on the newest addition to Vibe line, the Hammer Vibe Emerald!

Hammer Vibe Emerald

In my opinion, the Vibe line is the best that Hammer offers. This isn’t meant to take away from the Widow Series or Raw Hammers, but the Vibes are unbelievably versatile.

I’ve drilled many of these for customers, and as a pro shop operator the Hammer Vibe Emerald is a dream. This ball can be anywhere from a light oil ball for when the lanes break down and you need something to clear the heads, or it can be great on longer patterns depending on how I drill it. I love that. I love when I’m able to use a layout and actually have the ball respond to it the way I want it to. The Hammer Vibe Emerald is a little less skid/snap than the Hammer Cherry Vibe, which is great if your THS has screaming backends, or if you’re bowling a lot of sport conditions. If the Hammer Vibe Emerald went to high school, it would’ve been voted Most All-Around 🙂

For the price and proven performance of the Vibe Series, you can’t go wrong with the Hammer Vibe Emerald!


Brunswick Avalanche Solid Review

Monday, September 15th, 2008

This review is on a great new ball, the Brunswick Avalanche Solid!

Brunswick Avalanche Solid

If you’re looking for a ball for light/medium lane conditions, there’s no better option than the Avalanche Solid. This ball uses some of the greatest technology of all timeat an amazing price! The Brunswick Avalanche Solid has the PowerKoil 18 solid coverstock that has been used on more balls than any other coverstock in history. The Danger Zone, Monster Bruiser, Zone Red Alert and many others used the PowerKoil 18. The core in the Brunswick Avalanche Solid is from another one of the greatest balls ever, the Teal Rhino Pro. With this combination there’s no doubt that you’ll be buying a winner!

The Brunswick Avalanche Solid brings to mind one word: SMOOTH! This ball will give you an even, archy reaction throughout the whole lane. This is the perfect type of reaction for drier lanes, or when the condition is tough. You want to know exactly what the ball is going to do when you throw it, and the Brunswick Avalanche Solid is as predictable as they come!

Order yourself a Brunswick Avalanche Solid, you won’t regret it!

Thanks again Brunswick for another great release!