The Top 25 Events to Impact Pro Shops in the Last 25 Years

by Bob Johnson 0

Cerar1-PSO_0415If you have not yet gotten your hands on the current issue of Pro Shop Operator, you definitely will want to check out our Top 25 list of events that have changed the pro shop business over the 25 years of the International Bowling Pro Shop Instructors Association's existence. Got one we missed? Think we overstated the importance of another? What events would be on YOUR list? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

25. Asymmetrical cores, mass bias and force diagrams become common phrases
for pro shop operators.

24. Pro shops integrate coaching into the business.

23. Interchangeable slide soles and heels are released.

22. Video Taping becomes easier and is used as a great teaching tool.

21. Sanding pads, available in various grits, allow for a more repeatable surface prep
or adjustment.

20. Fitting tape applied directly to fingers or thumb makes releases more consistent.

19. Electronic pitch readers attach to drill press.

18. Quick dry plug allows for quicker turnaround time for ball plugging and making custom thumbs.

17. Manufacturers make the polishes and compounds used in the manufacturing
process available to shops to aid in the duplication of factory finishes.

16. The Quarter Scale is created with a protractor built in.

15. Manufacturers list top-weight and pin-out distance on box.

14. Pro Shop Operator, the official publication of IBPSIA, is sent to every pro shop.

13. The interchangeable thumb insert proves to be revolutionary, allowing for a
consistent feel throughout a variety of bowling balls.

12. The Gold Coach standard is established.

11. USBC Ball Motion Study aides pro shops.

10. Internet sales influence the brick-and-mortar pro shop.

9. CATS and coaching software become an important part of instruction.

8. Certifications classes are unveiled.

7. Mill/drill systems become the standard and provide versatility when drilling oval shaped holes.

6. IBPSIA releases the first education manual for pro shops.

5. Urethane thumb slugs are introduced.

4. Ball drilling seminars are introduced by manufacturers.

3. The System of Bowling governs ball dynamics.

2. The International Bowling Pro Shop Association (IBPSA, later becomes IBPSIA) is
created and gives pro shop operators a united voice and a forum to provide quality education.

1. The first resin ball, the Excalibur, introduced in late 1991, began the ball craze.
The list was compiled by the following group of pro shop operators and friends of IBPSIA: Joe Cerar, Ron Hoppe, Jerry Francomano, Tom Laskow and PSO Contributor Ed Baur.

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.

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