Sheds and bowling you may think that they don’t go together, but for Jonathan Kalbfus it does. His pro shop is out of this own shed at his house in the Hudson Valley, instead of your typical bowling center.
Only in its first year of business, Kalbfus has started to change people game and how their hand fits into a bowling ball. Kalbfus has been drilling is own stuff for the past five years and decide to open his pro shop to spread the love he has for the sport of bowling and to make sure bowlers get their hand fitted adequately to make sure the bowler is comfortable bowling and not having any problems when bowling.
“Opening my pro shop was out of the love of the game,” said Kalbfus “with my knowledge of the game I also want to better other bowlers game as well.”
Also, what makes this a unique pro shop is that it is not found in your typical bowling center with bowling balls and other bowling appliances. Kalbfus runs it right out of his house in a tiny shed that is just able to fit a rack for bowling balls, a drill press, a table and two people which is all he needs to get the job done. The pro shop he runs is named after is Underground Bowling Association name Jkizzle with the drop of the J Kizzle’s pro shop Is born.
“It is a unique situation unlike other pro shops I can be open all hours of the day when other pro shops are only open for a certain period,” said Kalbfus
Kalbfus threw his bowling career at one point was also on staff for one of the top bowling ball companies in the world.
“For the past ten years I was a part of Storm bowling,” said Kalbfus “with having my pro shop I am available to throw any bowling ball from any company I want.” with being part of Storm bowling, he was only able to use bowling balls that were made by Storm.
Kalbfus has fixed many people game so far in the first year of his pro shop. One of those people was Tom Morgan.
Morgan was going to a different pro shop in the area, and it seemed that he couldn’t find a way to get his equipment to work. That was until he was referred to Kalbfus by Kalbfus teammate Matt Milkins.
“When I met Kalbfus he mentioned a few simple changes to my equipment,” said Morgan “this was a simple change of my pitches in my thumb, and after the change, there was admitted results after he drilled that first ball for me.”
After the changes, Morgan who bowls in two leagues has had a 290 game and 773 series on his Monday night team and on his Wednesday night team a 278 game and a 702 series.
But if you’re not a bowler and have fun with friends and you grab either that bright pink or orange ball for bowlers, there is a different science that goes into drilling a ball.
“There is lots of math with finding positive axis points and Vertical Axis Line (VAL)” said Kalbfus “this helps the bowler get the most out of their ball of choice and to get them the best shape that the bowler is looking for.” When it comes to lefty vs. righty drilling, the same rules apply because a ball laid out for a left-handed bowler will be far different from a right-handed bowler.
With running a pro shop out of his house, for now, the dream is still there for one day for Kalbfus to run his pro shop out of a bowling alley. “ I would love for one day to have my pro shop in a bowling center,” said Kalbfus “ but I will always keep my little shop at my house for my convenience.”