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How To Choose The Right Bowling Ball

If you wish to determine how to choose the right bowling ball, give thought to three important factors:




  1. Weight & Price

  2. Coverstock

  3. Hook Potential




It is important to know that in recent years the leading manufacturers such as Storm, Hammer, Ebonite, Roto Grip, and Brunswick have placed great emphasis on developing well balanced lines of top performance bowling balls including versatility in design and ball reaction capabilities. You can learn how to choose the right bowling ball and not sacrifice quality or performance by considering the keys in your important selection process.

 



The most popular selection of ball weight with adult bowlers is 15 lbs on the high end 14 lbs for some women, juniors, or senior bowlers, and down to 12 lbs for those bowlers struggling to handle higher weighted bowling balls. Leading brand bowling balls maintain good integrity in the core design and coverstock quality at any of the weight ranges from 12 lbs to 16 lbs as the maximum allotted weight available. If a ball fits you properly, it can be surprising how handling a pound or two extra in weight is possible.
As a rule, the manufacturers will provide performance and versatility at a range of price points from entry level balls for beginning bowlers or for use on dry lane conditions to the highest performance balls which provide the strongest ball reactions and match well with heavy oil conditions.
Matching a new ball to the lane conditions is a matter of finding a coverstock for dry, medium- dry, or oily lane conditions. If you most frequently encounter dry lanes, then choose a pearl or stiff coverstock so the ball will slide easily in the front end of the lane. If the lane has medium or heavy oil on the front end, then choosing a solid coverstock will increase gripping action and is likely the better choice.
Hook potential is categorized by the flare potential rating and RG rating (radius of gyration) the manufacturers provide for any top performance bowling ball. If you wish to see the strongest possible back end reaction, find a ball with a 6 inch flare potential rating or higher. If you need a more moderate back end reaction, then find a ball with a 4” – 5” medium flare potential rating. If you require a ball having a very modest back end reaction, then a low flare potential rating will best serve your needs.
Of course, the RG rating is a factor developed in the core design phase of the engineering process and determines how quickly a ball will pick up its strongest rolling pattern. Low RG rated balls will roll sooner and strongest on the front end of the lane matching well with heavy oil, medium RG in the mid-lane matching with medium oil and high RG will roll effectively on the back end matching with dry lanes.
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