Practical Beginners Guide To Bowling Balls

Practical Beginners Guide To Bowling Balls



Watching more experienced and skilled bowlers, nimbly hook their bowling ball down the lane and score a​ strike can be a​ bit frustrating for beginner bowlers. I first learned true mechanics of​ bowling when I was in​ college. I had bowled before then. But, I never really learned how to​ bowl. I remember being frustrated because I was able to​ run a​ fantastic hook shot one day but not the next. I remember wondering how my bowling skills could fluctuate so much on a​ day to​ day basis.

It was not until college that I would learn that it​ was not my bowling abilities that had changed. But what had changed were the characteristics of​ the lanes that I was bowling on, and the bowling balls that I was using. For practical purposes I want to​ concentrate on bowling ball basics and not on lane characteristics. What you as​ a​ beginner need to​ know about bowling balls.

There are several variations of​ bowling played through out the world. But for the most part these variations are forms of​ either five-pin bowling or​ ten-pin bowling. When most people think of​ bowling they think of​ what is​ called ten-pin bowling. Ten-pin bowling is​ the most popular and the most widely played form of​ bowling.

Bowling balls used when playing ten-pin bowling have several set physical characteristics. First, ten-pin bowling balls are 8.5 inches in​ diameter. However, simply stating the diameter of​ a​ bowling ball is​ a​ bit deceptive. it​ makes bowling balls seem smaller than they really are. The actual circumference of​ a​ ten-pin bowling ball is​ about 26 inches.

The weight of​ a​ bowling ball is​ between 6 pounds and 16 pounds. There is​ a​ wide variation between ball weights to​ accommodate different physical strengths of​ bowlers. And to​ some extent, like in​ baseball with a​ baseball bat, the weight of​ a​ ball used can depend upon the skill level of​ the bowler.

The size or​ circumference of​ a​ bowling ball is​ relatively uniform despite differences in​ weight. a​ bowling ball is​ made up of​ three distinct parts; the core, the coverstock and the filler. The coverstock is​ the outside of​ the bowling ball. it​ is​ what makes contact with the lane. The core of​ the bowling ball is​ a​ complex mixture of​ dense materials that controls it​ spin and hook.

As a​ ball becomes smaller in​ weight the core becomes smaller. The filler is​ material that fills the void between the coverstock and the core. The density of​ the filler material used to​ make a​ bowling ball will change based on the desired weight of​ the ball. in​ essence, because all bowling balls are nearly uniform in​ size the filler is​ what enables the uniformity in​ bowling ball circumference while enabling different bowling ball weight classes. This is​ accomplished by changing the density of​ the filler material dependent upon the weight desired.

Although the filler makes up for the weight between different balls the two most important parts of​ a​ bowling ball are actually the core and the coverstock. The shape of​ a​ bowling balls core can influence whether it​ hooks and by how much. Public use bowling balls at​ bowling alleys will have cores that are of​ uniform shape. This uniformity in​ shape means the ball will roll relatively straight. Cores, of​ house balls, are kept uniform, symmetrical, because they are designed to​ be used by any player of​ any skill level. Because house balls have very little hook many bowlers like to​ use them as​ spare balls.

Just like the core of​ a​ bowling ball can affect the action of​ a​ bowling ball as​ it​ rolls down the lanes, so can the coverstock. Coverstocks can be made of​ resin, high friction resin, urethane, polyester, plastic or​ a​ combination of​ materials. The material that makes up the coverstock can determine how the ball reacts to​ lane conditions. a​ softer (duller ball color) is​ better for more oily lane conditions and a​ harder (shinier ball color) reacts better to​ drier lane conditions. But, whether you use a​ ball with a​ harder or​ softer coverstock for a​ particular lane condition depends heavily on your skill level, your ability to​ read lane conditions and what you are trying to​ accomplish with the shot.

Now you know that not all bowling balls are created equal. House balls are harder to​ hook because they are not designed for it. So the next time you watch someone with their own bowling ball making it​ beautifully hook to​ the target, remember that it​ may be more the bowling ball than the skill of​ the bowler.

I hope by reading this you now have a​ better understanding of​ bowling ball basics. There are definitely more complex issues surrounding bowling balls. But, the intent was to​ give you some practical insight into bowling balls that might help you with your bowling game.




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