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Bowling Ball RG


Understanding the term bowling ball RG (radius of gyration) will help you make a good decision in purchasing your next bowling ball. There are a few key factors in ball construction to consider when choosing a new bowling ball.

First, coverstock makeup of a bowling ball will determine the gripping power of the given bowling ball on the lane surface. Next, the core design will help determine the ball motion or shape of ball reaction while the given ball is rolling down the lane.

Within the core of any bowling ball exists measurements of mass distribution which are used to measure a bowling ball in motion traveling on the lane. The bowling ball RG is one key measurement engineers use to identify how the mass distribution inside a bowling ball is concentrated. The radius of gyration is an account of the location of the mass inside a given bowling ball and relates whether the ball mass is concentrated toward the center of the ball (low RG), toward the coverstock of the ball (high RG), or between the two points (medium RG).

Low RG balls will encourage a fast and early revolution rate and tend to pick up a strong roll pattern on the front end of the lane. Medium RG balls will pick up a strong revolution rate slightly later on the mid-portion of the lane and high RG balls will lope down the lane conserving energy for later use thereby picking up its strongest roll pattern on the back end of the lane.

The strategy you need to consider in choosing a new ball relating to the RG factor is how quickly you wish for the ball to pick-up a strong revolution rate? As an example, if the lane conditions you regularly encounter have a high volume of oil on the front end of the lane, then a low RG ball with short skid-length potential is a smart choice. If lane conditions have medium oil, then choosing a ball with medium RG will match well because medium RG bowling balls pick up a strong revolution rate in the mid-lane. As you might expect, dry lanes which have little oil on the front end and tend to encourage an earlier hooking motion than desired require a high bowling ball RG encouraging greater skid length and conserving energy until further down the lane. In summary, it can be said that RG ratings are factors in determining the hook potential a given ball possess while traveling down the lane.

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