Welcome to BillSpigner.com
Take lessons from USBC Gold Level Coach Bill Spigner, who has the knowledge to help you get the most from your bowling game. Bill has been a PBA member since 1973 and was a Touring Pro from 1974-1985 winning 3 National and 9 Regional PBA Titles. He has bowled 38–300 games, 3 Sport 300 games; 17–299 games, 1 Sport 299 game; and 6–800 series (825 high) in 23 different bowling centers and is a member of 6 bowling Halls-of-Fame including the USBC Hall of Fame. One of the first 20 USBC Gold Level Coaches, Bill has been a Bowlers Journal magazine's “Top 100 Coach” since the list's inception in 2006. Bill has been teaching professionally since 1980 including being a Head Teaching Pro for Professional Bowling Camps from 1980-1990 and a Teaching Pro at Bowling This Month's Super School in 1997. Bill wrote a weekly instructional article – “Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner” – for the Chicago Bowler from 1985-1990; “Bill Spigner's Bowling Clinic” instructional articles for Bowling Digest magazine for 22 years from 1983-2004; and in 2008 began writing “The Pro Approach” for Bowlers Journal magazine. In 2011, Bill was named to the USA Bowling Coach Team which teaches volunteers how to coach young bowlers.
Bill is a member of the Brunswick Staff of Champions and has worked with many notable touring professional bowlers including 18-time LPBT & PWBA Champion Kim Adler; PBA Hall-of-Famer's Mark Williams, Johnny Petraglia and Dave Soutar; 10-time PBA Champion Steve Neff and PBA Champion Dennis Lane; bowling legend Carmen Salvino; and PBA exempt player, Chris Loschetter. Since 2003 Bill has also been a coach of the Vernon Hills High School Boy's Bowling Team and in the IHSA State Tournament they finished 2nd in 2012, 2nd in 2011 and 3rd in 2006. Bill also helped coach the Indiana University Boy's Bowling Team when his older son Robby was a student there and the University of Illinois Boy's Bowling Team when his youngest son Jimmy was a student there.
In addition to his teaching credentials Bill is highly regarded for his ball fitting and drilling, grip analysis, and equipment recommendation abilities which started in 1985 when he opened Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner Pro Shop inside Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Northbrook, IL. In 1989 Bill built Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, IL and he moved his pro shop inside it. Bill owned and operated Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner Pro Shop inside Hawthorn Lanes from 1989 until 2003 when he sold it to long-time employee Brian Chilcutt.
From 1989-2008 Bill was also the General Manger and Proprietor of Hawthorn Lanes and was instrumental in bringing professional bowling back to the Chicagoland area as Hawthorn Lanes was the host to 21 PBA Tournaments including 7 National PBA Tournaments and 14 Regional PBA Tournaments. The reputation of the lane conditioning programs that Bill designed made Hawthorn Lanes THE place to bowl if you were a competitive youth or adult bowler. With Bill's guidance the Hawthorn Majors, Hawthorn Classic, and Hawthorn Sport leagues grew to be some of the largest competitive leagues in the country and Hawthorn Lanes was one of the first bowling centers in the USA to offer both youth and adult Sport Leagues. Youth bowlers coming out of the Hawthorn Lanes youth program have won numerous local, state, and national Stars of Tomorrow Awards, and many have gone on to have success on the PBA Regional and National Tours. In 2008, Bill sold Hawthorn Lanes to Brunswick Corporation and it's now known as Brunswick Zone Hawthorn.
Bill utilizes video taping and form analysis software in all of his lessons, and his instruction is tailored to the bowler's level of expertise, whether they are a beginner or a very advanced player. Bill gives his lessons at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, 316 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, IL by appointment only, but arrangements can be made if you are interested in having Bill come to your home bowling center for instructions whether it's for lessons for a group of people, private party, or corporate event.
Newly added to Bill's lesson options is the Monday Tune-Up. Held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, the Monday Tune-Up is limited to 8 people and pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 a person and includes bowling game fees. Special practice rates afterwards for Tune-Up attendees are available. As with his private lessons, the Monday Tune-Up is tailored to each attendee's level of expertise.
Added in 2013 is Bill's Junior Gold Lane Play Tune-Up held on 4 successive Tuesdays – June 18, June 25, July 2, and July 9 – from 6:30-8:30pm. The Junior Gold Lane Play Tune-Up is limited to 12 youth bowlers and costs $120 which includes bowling game fees. Designed to help youth bowlers prepare for the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships, Bill will explain how to play the different oil patterns, spare shooting and equipment selection. Special practice rates afterwards for Tune-Up attendees are available. Call or text Bill at 1-847-828-1712, or CLICK HERE for sign-up and payment instructions. ADVANCED PAYMENT IN FULL IS REQUIRED TO HOLD SPOT.
For information on the Monday Tune-Up, Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-Up, private lessons, and pricing CLICK HERE to go to Bill's lesson page. To contact Bill for lessons, sign-up for the Monday Tune-Up, Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-Up, questions, purchasing gift certificates, or to schedule a speaking engagement, CLICK HERE to send him an e-mail or call or text Bill at 1-847-828-1712.
To read Bill's “The Pro Approach” articles from Bowlers Journal CLICK HERE. To read Bill's “Bill Spigner's Bowling Clinic” articles from Bowling Digest CLICK HERE. For more information on Bill's bowling career, CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE to visit Bill's Photo/Video Gallery. To hear Bill's internet, podcast and radio interviews from Above180.com, Let's Go Bowling! and Phantom Radio, CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Media Page.