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Your First Bowling Ball - What Are the Options?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

The first step towards becoming a serious bowler is to have your own bowling ball. Using the balls that are stocked at the bowling alley is fine if you only bowl occasionally. If you want to be in a league, having your own bowling ball can make a great deal of difference. All players are different sizes and have different needs in a bowling ball, but with the plethora that is out there to choose from, you will have no problem finding the ideal ball for your bowling style. As long as you know what to look for.

Brunswick Slingshot Bowling Package- Black and Silver
Since this the first bowling ball you’ve ever purchased, you are probably fairly new to bowling. You should definitely not just buy the first ball you happen across. The most important investment you will make as a bowler is your ball, so if need be bring a more experienced bowler with you to the sporting or bowling shop. If you have no buddy available the staff at the store should be more than happy to help you find the right bowling ball.

The first decision to make is what kind of bowling ball to get. The four choices are; plastic or polyester, urethane, reactive resin and particle. As a beginner, the plastic/polyester choice may be best for you; it shoots straight and is extremely durable. This is the type of ball you find most at the bowling alley.

Brunswick T-Zone Indigo Swirl Bowling Ball
Even if you are going with the plastic ball, it is still beneficial to have a rundown of the other three main types of bowling ball. Urethane bowling balls are excellent for hook shots; they have a little more friction behind them than the plastic variety. Reactive resin balls roll harder and faster than the others and are often used by experienced bowlers. Particle balls are what most professionals use; they have both hook and speed.

After that decision is made, the second thing to decide is the weight you want your bowling ball will be. As a general rule, most experts recommend trying to find a ball that is around 10 percent of your body weight. Pick a bowling ball that is heavier than what you usually play with at the bowling alley. Because it will be precisely drilled to fit your hand, it will be easier to handle.

DV8 Zombie Bowling Ball
The most fun part of choosing a bowling ball is the part that comes next. Bowling balls can be customized in just about any way you can imagine. You can choose virtually any color, design or engraving. If you don’t see one you like at the store, it is as simple as placing a custom order.

Now that you’ve invested all this time into choosing the ideal ball for you, it is imperative to know how to store and care for it. You will need a bag for your bowling ball. The representative at the store should be happy to tell you if there are any other special requirements your bowling ball needs. Pick up some finger tape or a glove to make gripping the ball even more comfortable.

When you first use your new bowling ball, prepare to be amazed by how much more comfortable and graceful it is than the stock balls at the bowling alley. You’ll quickly believe in the difference having your own equipment can make in the sport of bowling.


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