HAMMER HELPS ENGLISH TO A NEARLY-PERFECT 899
If you’re dealing with a bad fit, having a bowling pro shop guy you can trust to fix it is crucial. It certainly helps if that guy is your brother, and you’re bowling in your family-owned bowling center.
Last Monday night, Sean English, Diamondhead, Ms., reaped the benefits of a great fit given by his brother Cory, with an 899 series. The nearly perfect score was shot in the Monday Budweiser league at Park Ten Lanes, owned by the English family. Sean English is a bartender in the center, his brother Cory runs the pro shop, and his parents, Margaret Armstrong-Bond and Gene English, run the center his grandfather built in 1995.
It was a series that almost didn’t happen.
Sean had been having problems with his wrist for about four months, and combined with heavy working hours, he’d cut back quite a bit on his bowling. His brother Cory suggested his span was too short, but it took a month for Sean to decide to make the change. Cory did some research before drilling the ball.
“I found a full-roller layout that I’ve never seen where the pin is in the upper left section instead of the lower left,” Cory said. “I added about 1/4” or better to his span. He tried it out and the ball was tracking over the fingers! After a while, it started to migrate properly on the outside edge of the finger holes. He started rolling the ball much, much smoother and his wrist pains went away.”
In December, Sean’s mother bought him a Hammer Taboo Jet Black for his birthday, and the rest is history.
February 18th was definitely an amazing night for Sean. He started with a 299, but had no idea the rest of the night would be perfect. The last ball of the first game came as a shock.
“I released the ball and I thought it was a 300,” said Sean. “It felt like the best thing I’d ever thrown in my life. I couldn’t believe it.”
Sean maintained his composure for the rest of the night with complete focus.
“People have told me that I didn’t make a single expression the entire time I was bowling,” he added. “It was one of those rare occasions.”
Next up, Sean and Cory will tackle the USBC Open Championships in Reno this May. He’s planning a lot of practice on the pattern, and he’s adding more Hammer equipment to his arsenal.
“I just got a new First Blood Saturday,” he explained. “I’ve always liked Hammer. It just seems to roll better for me.”
Perhaps that’s an understatement.
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