Ron Clifton is
a tenpin bowling coach from Winston-Salem, North Carolina
and has been coaching at the professional level for over 15 years.
He has a special gift for teaching the physics of bowling in
“easy-to-understand” terms and has a “unique eye” for spotting and
correcting flaws. He knows that every bowler is different and that there
is no one way to be a great bowler, so rather than take the "cookie
cutter" approach, he gives personalized lessons that help each individual
Many sessions with great coaches fail to produce long term results because the "old bad habits" return to the bowler a week after the lesson. Ron teaches the bowler how to retain the ability to perform newly learned skills after a lesson is but a distant memory.
Ron has worked with PBA national title holders, top professional men and women in the PBA and PWBA regional programs, collegiate bowlers and World Team Challenge champions but the majority of bowlers Ron has had the pleasure to help are average bowlers who are determined to improve their game.
Ron holds Advanced Bowler Training Clinics around the United States and has been one of the "star cast of coaches" at Super School.
Bowling Tips and Articles
Ron began writing bowling tips for a local bowling newspaper at the turn of the millennium and began posting them on this website, bowl4fun.com. The tips gained in popularity and evolved into full-blown articles; eventually some became multi-part series. Later, Ron became a contributor for Bowling This Month magazine, the foremost bowling instructional magazine in the country. You can find his articles in the magazine under the title "Top Techniques".
Invention of Magic Carpet
Since the 1970s, Ron has been stuffing things into bowling ball thumbholes, looking for the best material for a snug thumbhole. In the late 1990s, he invented the product known as Magic Carpet, a breathable, flexible thumb insert that sticks inside the thumbhole and allows for a quick, clean release without sticking. It absorbs some thumb swelling, reducing the need for excessive amounts thumb tape. Many users have reported the highest scores of their lives since using Magic Carpet. Ron has been selling the product to bowlers around the world ever since.
"I have been cramming all kinds of stuff into thumb holes for years looking for just the right amount of friction and low pressure relief; I finally found it." -Ron
Co-Proprietorship of Creekside Lanes
Ron is a co-proprietor of Creekside Lanes, a bowling center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that opened new in October 1999. Ron has done much of his local coaching there and has hosted a few events including the annual Ball Reviews Gathering, which is a get-together of members on the ballreviews.com forums.
Ron has been interviewed three times on the Let's Go Bowling Show, a radio program dedicated to bowling which features the best in bowling world.