Ah, bowling. What’s not to love? The clatter of pins, the satisfying thump of a perfectly rolled strike, and the joy of out-bowling your friends. But if you want to bring your A-game, you need to get the right bowling ball. Choosing the right one can be a daunting task—but don’t worry! We’re here to help you pick out the perfect ball so you can roll strikes all night long.
There are two main things to consider when it comes to weight: your size and your strength. If you’re a larger person or have strong arms, then you’ll want a heavier ball (14-16 pounds). A heavier ball has more momentum and will go further down the lane before beginning its curve (also known as hooking). Smaller people or those with weaker arms should opt for something in the 10-12 pound range. That way, they can control their shots better.
Specifically, finger hole size. When it comes time to pick out your bowling ball, make sure that it fits comfortably in your hand and that your fingers fit snugly into each of the holes provided. You don’t want them too tight or too loose! And finally, there’s material. Urethane balls are more expensive but provide more control than plastic because they create less friction on the lane—perfect for experienced bowlers who know how to throw a hook shot with precision accuracy!
Grip & Finish
The surface of a bowling ball can have an impact on its performance as well, so it’s important to pay attention when browsing different options at the store or online. You should look for a ball with either a “pearlized” or “polished” finish depending on how much control or spin you want over each shot. Pearlized finishes tend to provide more control, while polished finishes provide more spin (and vice versa). As far as grips go, most people prefer rubberized surfaces, as they offer more traction and comfort while gripping and throwing their ball down the lane.
Picking a Coverstock Material
Now that we’ve got the weight settled, let’s look at coverstocks, or what your ball is made of. Most balls come in three different materials: plastic (also known as polyester), urethane, and reactive resin. Plastic balls tend to be cheaper but provide less hook potential than their urethane or reactive resin counterparts and often require more maintenance after each use. Urethane offers slightly more hook potential than plastic and requires less maintenance but costs slightly more. Reactive resin provides the most hook potential of all and requires minimal maintenance but also tends to be pricier than plastic or urethane balls.
With these tips in mind, you’re now ready to go shopping for that perfect bowling ball! Choosing one doesn’t have to be intimidating; just make sure it fits comfortably in your hand and is appropriate for both your size and skill level. Good luck out there and happy bowling! With these simple steps, you’ll be rolling strikes in no time!