How to Choose Bowling Balls
If you want to get serious about bowling, owning your own bowling ball is an important step to take. Making use of the standard balls at the bowling alley is fine for occasional recreational play, but even if you only plan on taking part in an amateur bowling league, getting your own ball can make all the difference in the world. There are plenty of bowling balls out there to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect ball for you. If this is your first bowling ball, and especially if you’re a relatively new bowler, you shouldn’t just blindly buy the first ball you come across. Your ball is going to be your most important bowling investment, so you should consider your options carefully. My best advice is to bring along a friend that is a good bowler and that has purchased one or two balls for themselves. They should be able to point you in the right direction and explain what worked for them and what didn’t. Additionally, purchase from a dedicated bowling shop or online retailer that specializes in bowling, this way you are sure to get expert advice from their knowledgeable staff that can help you find the right fit.
The first thing to consider when buying a bowling ball is what kind of ball you should get. This is determined by your experience, the type of bowler you are, and what you want the ball to do for you. There are four main kinds; plastic/polyester, urethane, reactive resin, and particle. If you’re new to bowling, or will be bowling strictly as a hobby, plastic/polyester balls are the best choice for you, and will prove to be the most economical. These balls are the one you encounter most often in bowling alleys; they are very durable, and their texture helps you toss a straighter shot. Urethane balls are what the pros turn to when they want to throw a hook shot. Reactive resin balls are a favorite with experienced bowlers; they roll faster and harder than normal balls. Particle balls are the professional ball of choice for most bowling situations; they combine the increased hook potential of urethane balls with the speed you get in reactive resin balls. When you’re deciding what kind of ball to get, consider your skill level, how often you will be using the ball, and what kind of shots you want to throw. Avid bowlers often have a few balls they can choose from based on conditions; but again, this probably isn’t necessary for new bowlers, unless you plan to play competitively.
Once you have settled on the kind of ball you want, the second most important thing you have to consider is the weight of the ball. One general rule of thumb experts recommend is calculating 10% of your body weight and looking for a ball close to that. Although you should have a pretty good idea what works best for you from your previous experience. Folks do recommend that the ball you buy should be heavier than the ball you use at the bowling alley by at least a pound or two. This is because the bowling ball you buy will be custom fit to your fingers, it will feel lighter than the balls at the bowling alley.
After you make these decisions, you can move on to the fun part; what color do you want, do you want a design on the ball, do you want your name or initials engraved, and so on. There are many options out there, so your choices are limited only by your imagination. If you don’t see what you want, you can get your ball custom designed.