Bowling balls are round balls that are used in the sport
of ten-pin bowling. Made of plastic, rubber and/or urethane,
they have three holes drilled in them for the thumb, middle finger,
and ring finger. Regulation bowling balls are 8 1/2 inches
in diameter and weigh 8 to 16 pounds. Avid bowlers often purchase
their own customized bowling balls rather than using the house balls
that bowling alleys provide to their patrons. Things to consider
when purchasing your own ball include the ball's surface material, the
weight of the ball, and how the ball is to be drilled.
Recent Bowling News
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What is the benefit of having your own ball? Well, bowling balls can
be customized to fit your particular style, as well as the conditions at
your favorite bowling lane. For serious bowlers, a customized ball
means a larger margin of error. Ball-drilling experts can find just
the perfect formula to ensure a bowling ball matches a specific game and
particular lane conditions. Very serious bowlers often opt to buy
two balls — one for strikes and another for spare conversions.
Bowling balls used in competition must be made of a solid material with
their weight evenly distributed. A ball's circumference must be
less than or equal to 27 inches and its weight must be less than or equal
to 16 pounds. The ball's surface must be smooth except for grip
holes or indents, identification numbers and letters, and general wear
attributed to normal usage.
There are a number of accessories designed for bowling balls, including
tape, grips, and a wrist device to help ensure the ball fits snugly into
your hand. Tape can help you get the right fit with your fingers
and thumbs, while grips will enable you to add lift to your shots.
Finally, a good bowling ball bag will protect your purchase.
Bowling Ball Terminology
Axis tilt - the angle of rotation that a bowler puts on a ball.
Balance hole - a hole drilled to statically balance a bowling ball.
Ball track - portion of a ball that contacts the lane as it rolls.
CG - the center of gravity or center of mass of a bowling ball.
Coverstock - the outer shell that encases the bowling ball's core.
PSA - preferred spin axis, around which a ball desires to rotate.
Surface - composition, texture, and finish of a ball's exterior.
Bowling Ball Suppliers
On BowlingBalls.us, you can browse popular bowling shops and selected
bowling products suppliers to find bowling balls and accessories for
everyone from beginners to pro bowlers. Remember that proper
bowling ball fit and sizing are essential! To learn more about
the sport of bowling and bowling organizations, please visit this
bowling information page.