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How To Understand Bowling Ball Motion


By learning how to understand bowling ball motion, you will make a good decision in purchasing your next bowling ball. First, the core design is an essential key in controlling bowling ball motion on the lane surface. Next, the coverstock will help determine how much friction the ball will develop while rolling down the lane. How to understand bowling ball motion is simply knowing a little about the components of the ball construction and how this influences the overall path a bowling ball takes while traveling down the lane. Ball motion begins with research and development factors planned by engineers and is completed and fined tuned by your pro shop operator by means of various surface strategies and drilling layout options.

The core of any given bowling ball is important in determining the levels of mass distribution inside a bowling ball. A key component in ball motion is flare potential which is described as the maximum amount a bowling ball can migrate while traveling down the lane. Flare potential can be used as an indicator to describe the motion the bowling ball will make from the break point down the lane to the pocket. A high flare potential ball will hook more sharply on the back end of the lane than will a low flare potential rated ball.

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The radius of gyration (RG) is an account of the location of the mass inside a given bowling ball and is another important key to understanding ball motion. RG relates to 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). Typically, low RG balls will provide a quick "revving" response on the front end of the lanes. A high RG ball is a good choice for longer ball skid on the front end of the lane.

The flare pattern on the surface of the ball becomes a noticeable “bow-tie” effect on high differential rated bowling balls and can flare as much as six to seven inches in the ball track area. A good strategy before purchasing a new bowling ball is to determine the level of flare potential a given ball is rated so you will know how sharply the ball will hook on the back end of the lane.

In summary, it can be said that bowling ball motion is a result of length potential (RG) and flare potential (Differential) ratings and these ratings are the chief factors in governing the overall hook potential a given ball possesses while also describing the shape of ball motion as it travels down the lane.


While you are visiting our site, take a few moments of time to view some of our ball videos of the latest bowling balls in today's market rolling down our test lanes. Watch the bowling balls in motion on known lane conditions and with known drilling layouts. Please take some time to reference our Perfect Scale® bowling ball rating feature to compare balls in the market today and find out which balls are recommended for lane conditions you encounter most frequently.

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