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A Beginner's Guide to Bowling Balls

July 27, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

Bowling has always been a popular sport in this country. For decades, bowling has been bringing people together for evenings of fellowship and fun. Occasionally, a person will develop an interest in becoming more than just a casual bowler, and will want to take steps towards becoming a competitive bowler. If a person decides to get serious about their game, it may be wise for them to make an investment into getting some bowling equipment. Proper equipment can make the difference between being a good bowler and being a great bowler.

The most important thing that a bowler can pick up to improve his or her game is a bowling ball. House balls are great for beginners, but a person that bowls regularly and wishes to improve his or her game needs consistency. Choosing a ball with a different hole pattern and weight every time can introduce a huge variable into a bowler's game. Every ball has a different spin and different roll characteristics.

Bowling balls are made out of different types of materials, typically they are made of reactive resin or plastic. At one time they were made out of rubber, but rubber balls are not very common anymore. Both reactive resin and plastic balls have similar characteristics when thrown, and both are typically available in six to sixteen pound sizes. Balls are made in sizes up to twenty pounds, but nothing over sixteen is legal for tournament or league play. There isn't much of a difference between a reactive resin or plastic ball, so the choice is up to the bowler as to which material to use.

A bowling ball also has finger holes, up to a maximum of five. When a person purchases a custom ball, it is recommended that they also have custom finger holes drilled. Every bowler's hand is different, thus custom finger holes will definitely help a person's game. Proper finger hole spacing is essential to a person being able to properly release a ball. In addition to spacing, there are three types of finger holes: conventional, semi-fingertip, and fingertip. Conventional grips let a bowler put his or her entire fingers in the holes, offering more control but a bit less precision. Finger tip grips only let a person put up to their first knuckles into the hole. This lets them maintain more precision, but at the expense of a loss of the feeling of control. Semi-fingertip grips are somewhere in between the two.

Bowling balls are an essential part of a bowler's equipment setup, and a quality bowling ball can definitely improve a person's game. A bowling ball should ideally be the first thing a person interested in bowling competitively purchases. There are many other game improving pieces of equipment, but a bowling ball is by far the most important.

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