How Do You Decide On a Bowling Ball?

How Do You Decide On a Bowling Ball?

How Do You Decide On a Bowling Ball?

Amateur players may do well enough with just about any bowling ball, but for an experience that truly strikes, you’re going to have get the right bowling ball. This articles aims to teach you the ins and outs of bowling balls. The ball is at the center of the game and the quality of the ball is probably the single most important factor in deciding how well you perform. Feel Like Strike has plenty of information on this subject.

There are three main aspects to selecting the right ball: weight, coverstock and hook potential.


You’ll want to select a ball of a weight that is comfortable for you to hold and throw. That said, it should also be as heavy as can be. The heavier the ball, the more impact it will have on the pins. So look for a good balance between weight and your ability to handle the ball.


The coverstock is the material that with which the outer layer of the bowling ball is made. Depending on how dry or oily the bowling lane, different coverstocks perform differently. For example, urethane balls works well on dry lanes where you need some control over how the ball performs in the middle of the lane. There are four major coverstock types: urethane, reactive resin, particle and plastic.

Hook Potential

Hook potential is a fancy way of way saying how much a ball is expected to change direction from the initial throw direction. Balls with high hooks hook more, those with low hooks hook less. The latter is suitable for beginners because the ball is less likely to shift positions from a straight-line throw.

But it also gets a little more complicated here. The amount a ball hooks will depend on how much friction it encounters and this in turn depends on the coverstock material of the ball, which we talked about earlier. As you would expect, coverstock that generates less friction will result in the ball keeping its initial trajectory.

We’ve only scratched the surface on the decision making process behind choosing a bowling ball. Each of the factors described above has in itself many influencing factors. However, for those looking to really get into the sport, this is a good starting point from which to transition into professional play. Beginners should be satisfied with a bowl that offers low traction, medium weight and a low hook potential.

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