Fun Facts from the ‘BJI Ball Guide’

by Bob Johnson 0

The January issue of BJI will include, among many other special features, the 29th annual BJI Bowling Ball Guide.

It’s a lavishly illustrated and stat-packed section summarizing the 112 bowling balls that Joe Cerar Jr. reviewed in his “No Holes Barred” column during 2012.

Taking a close look at the ball list, we find that Storm Products led the way with 13 reviewed balls during the year, while Columbia 300 released the most in a single month, with five balls reviewed in the July issue.

The August issue was the “Big Kahuna” for the year with 19 reviews, while November saw just four new balls reviewed.

But in the January issue, you’ll find summaries of all of those reviews in a single place — making the BJI Ball Guide an extremely useful shopping tool the next time you visit your local pro shop.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.