When the chips are down, Chad Gaddie reaches for a Track Bowling ball. And when he’s needed a big score, Track hasn’t let him down.
Gaddie, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., used the Track 505C to tie the house record of 859 at Royal Lanes in Lutz, Fla. on April 17th. The 32-year-old saved his best for the last week of bowling in the position round matches of the Men’s Night Out league. He began the session with a 279 before firing back-to-back 290 games to share the house record with PBA pro Tom Daugherty.
“I don’t break out the 505C very often, unless I need a big score,” said Gaddie. “One of my friends saw me bring it out, and he asked me if I came to score tonight. My answer was ‘Yep!’”
Gaddie says that even though the strikes were piling up, he really wasn’t paying attention to the scores.
“I was paying more attention to the teams around me, being position round, and seeing if we could move up in the rankings,” he said. “I only felt real pressure at the end of the third game. I knew I needed to throw the first two strikes and get 9 on the fill ball to take the league high series for the season. I ended up striking out, and later found out that I also tied the house record.”
Track’s 505C has been the ball of choice for many of his honor scores. The ball was used in his previous high series of 845. Last season, Gaddie and teammate Rob Kuntz rolled matching 837 series with identical scores of 300, 279 and 258, with both players using Track Bowling equipment.
“My teammate ‘Sippy Cup’ and I were on fire that night,” said Gaddie. “We were going strike for strike. We both shot 837 shooting the same games, just in a different order. Both of us were throwing Track that night. He was using the Kinetic Pearl and I was using the 505C.”
The 859 was the 15th career 800 series for Gaddie. The right-hander, who averaged 230 this season, also has 22 sanctioned 300 games. He says he’s looking forward to his upcoming tournament schedule, which includes an appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Tournament in Baton Rouge, La.
“I dropped to one league this season because I made a change in careers,” said Gaddie, who works in a data center in the Tampa area. “But the change also allows me to focus more on tournaments. I’m going to USBCs for only the second time, and I’d like to make a strong showing.”
Gaddie has been a member of the Track Legion for a number of years, and currently carries the Track 811A Special Edition, the 503C and the 300C to go with the 505C. He’s also used the Track 505A, 607A-SE, 715T, 718A, and the 930T in competition. Gaddie says that the Track equipment, with its unique numbering system, has been great for his game.
“I like Track equipment because it matches up well for me,” he said. “The 505C is one of the smoothest balls I have ever had. I have no fancy drilling on it, and it has a continuous arcing motion for me. It’s not too strong and not too weak.”
Before the fall league season starts, Gaddie is planning to upgrade to Track’s latest releases, including the 716T. But you can be sure that the 505C will always have a place in his arsenal.
“I’m still looking for more of them over the Internet,” he said. “If you have any lying around, I would love to buy them from you.”