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.
Coaching, Writing, Pro Shop
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 Storm and Turbo Grips Regional Staff 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 Champion, 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.
A popular lesson option is Bill's Monday Tune-Up. Held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, the Monday Tune-Up is limited to 6 people and pre-registration is required. As with his private lessons, the Monday Tune-Up is tailored to each attendee's level of expertise.
New to Bill's lesson options are video lessons in which you e-mail Bill 4 videos and he will e-mail you back a complete voice-over video analysis in slow motion and stop action with a model to compare yourself to including drills and instructions on how to practice your changes. After practicing Bill's suggestions you'll send Bill another 4 follow-up videos for him to analyze your progress.
LBCA Youth Learn-To-Bowl Clinic
Even though the July 26, 2015 Lake County Bowling Association Youth Learn-to-Bowl Clinic was sparsely attended the ones who came got some wonderful on-lane and classroom help to improve their bowling game. After a short classroom presentation Bill took them out on the lanes, video taped, and worked personally with each attendee. Proceeds from the clinic were all donated to the USBC's Bowling to Veterans Link (BVL) benefiting the men and women in our armed forces. CLICK HERE to view the 2015 flyer. CLICK HERE to be notified when future LCBA Clinics are held. Photo courtesy of Mike Jacobs.
Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-Up
Bill's 4th Annual Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-Up will be held on 4 successive Tuesdays – June 7, 14, 21, and 28 – from 6:30-8:30pm. The Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-Up is limited to 12 youth bowlers and costs $140 which includes bowling game fees. Designed to help youth bowlers prepare for the Jr. Gold Championships (in Indianapolis this year) Bill will explain how to play the different oil patterns, spare shooting and equipment selection. CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Lesson Page where you can view the Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-up Flyer. Special practice rates afterwards for Jr. Gold Tune-Up attendees are available. Call or text Bill at 1-847-828-1712, or CLICK HERE for sign-up and CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Pay Online Page to pay. ADVANCED PAYMENT IN FULL ($140) IS REQUIRED TO HOLD SPOT.
Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo
From July 12-14th the 6th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo will be held at Western Bowl, Indianapolis, IN. The three day event will feature two full days of on-lane instruction with top coaches from around the country (Bill is one of the coaches) and many of the top collegiate coaches will be there scouting. Here is your chance to get noticed and hopefully recruited! Limited to 204 bowlers high school grade level 10-12 for 2016-17 or 2016 graduated seniors. A minimum entering average of 190+ for boys and 175+ for girls is suggested for best recruiting consideration. Sign-up by April 30th to get the early bird pricing of $359; it increases to $389 after that. Price is for both student and parent programs and includes a custom jersey by Logo Infusion for the student. For more information CLICK HERE to go to the Turbo Tech website where you can view and download the 6th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo brochure and registration form. Photos courtesy of Turbo Grips.
In February, 2014 Bill became part of the International Art of Bowling (IAB) and The Circle Tech Team joining IAB Founders USBC Silver Level Coach, 2013 PBA Player of the Year, and 2014 Tournament of Champions and 2014 USBC Masters Winner Jason Belmonte and USBC Silver Level Coach, 3-time World Bowler of the Year, and 2012 USBC Queens Champion Diandra Asbaty; and nationally acclaimed pro shop specialist Joe Cerar, Jr. Through their one and two day Bootcamps and The Circle, IAB offers bowlers world-class coaching and video-analysis on many topics such as lane play, lane adjustments, fundamentals, ball fit, swing assessment, ball reaction, and the mental game.
IAB Studio 300 Clinic
For a longer training session consider a Studio 300 Clinic. The last one was held at St. Charles Lanes, April 23-24th and the two-day clinic featured classroom, mental game, grip assessment, equipment fitting and taping adjustments, and on-lane instruction including video analysis. If you would like to be informed of the next Studio 300 Clinic call or text Bill at 1-847-828-1712 or CLICK HERE to go to Bill's "Contact Bill" page and use the form to let Bill know.
The IAB Sessions
Recently added to to Bill's lesson choices are the The IAB Sessions. The first The IAB Sessions: Fundamentals was held April 26, 2014 and The IAB Sessions: Lane Play + Spares was held June 1, 2014. The IAB Sessions emphasis much hands-on personal on-lane coaching from Bill and Diandra incorporating drills, iPad video taping and Bill's ball fitting analysis and taping methods.
Lesson Where, When, How
For more information on lessons, Monday Tune-Ups, video lessons, Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-up, The IAB Sessions, Studio300 Bootcamps and rates CLICK HERE to go to Bill's "Lesson" page. To contact Bill for lessons, Monday Tune-Ups, video lessons, Jr. Gold Lane Play Tune-Up, The IAB Sessions, Studio300 Bootcamps, Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo, questions, purchasing gift certificates or to schedule a speaking engagement, CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Contact Bill page to send him an e-mail or call or text Bill at 1-847-828-1712. To purchase bowling instruction for yourself or as a gift, CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Pay Online page.
Bowlers Journal, Bowling Digest, Media
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!, Phantom Radio, and other interesting media events, CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Media page.