HENINGER NEAR PERFECTION
Hammer Staff player Marc Heninger used the Hammer First Blood to near-perfection in rolling an 889 series on April 7th.
Heninger, a 27-year-old from Grandview, MO, rolled the 41st and 42nd 300 games of his career, and was two strikes away from his 43rd perfect game and a 900 series. However, a 10-pin leave stopped his string of 34 consecutive strikes, and left him with an 889 series.
“I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d ever have the chance to shoot 900,” said Heninger. “On the 11th one, I knew I missed a little bit at the bottom of the swing, and I left the 10.”
Heninger was bowling in the Anything Goes Doubles tournament at Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit, MO. He says that the nerves didn’t hit him until the last game.
“We were bowling so fast, it didn’t really hit me that I had a chance for 900 until the 6th frame of the third game,” Heninger said. “Everyone started migrating towards my pair. I just kept thinking about taking one shot at a time.”
The Hammer First Blood was Heninger’s ball choice for the tournament. The First Blood features Hammer’s NBT (Next Big Thing) coverstock, which allows for the longest and sharpest backend reaction in Hammer’s history.
“I like the First Blood because of its versatility,” said Heninger. “Out of the box it handles medium/heavy conditions and is driller friendly. If you put surface on it, it can handle the heavier conditions better.”
According to Heninger, the First Blood is a must-have for serious bowlers.
“It pretty much gives me any look I need,” he said. “With the tweak of my hand, I’m able to get the ball to do whatever I want.”
A Hammer Staff player for the past three years, Heninger had recorded 24 series of 800 or better before the 889, with a previous high series was an 837 series. He says the Hammer line of products has been great for his game.
“I like Hammer equipment because it is the best fit for my game,” he said. “From top to bottom, we have a ball that is able to handle every condition.”
One of Heninger’s 800 series came two years ago at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. His 803 series in the United States Bowling Congress Championships Tournament was with the Hammer Arson in the Regular Doubles event.
“I drilled a Hammer Arson the day it came out, and I absolutely loved it,” he said. “I drilled an Arson Hybrid just like the original Arson for this year’s event. I’m hoping that lightning strikes twice.”
Heninger says his inspiration is wife Raven, and their one-month old son Jaxon, who watched his 889 score.
“That’s what I will remember most about the 889 series,” he said. “Am I disappointed? Sure, but it just makes me hungrier to get better, and to make my family and Hammer Bowling proud.”
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