Are you taking it up to the next level – are you moving beyond house bowling balls in favor of your own, custom bowling ball? Well, before you go out and make the all-important choice as to which bowling ball you should get, you need to consider a few things:
· It is best to have at least two bowling balls – one for oily lanes and one for dry lanes. And you want a strike ball – one with a lot of hook potential and power – and a spare ball, a ball that will roll straight and true.
· Make sure you pick out the right weight – bowling balls range from 6 pounds to 16 pounds. When you have a bowling ball that fits your hand, you can actually use a heavier ball than whatever house bowling ball you were used to using.
· Make sure that you get a bowling ball that fits – get the finger holes custom drilled to fit your hand.
· In general, the more expensive the ball, the better the ball! Of course, that being said, this is genearlly just in terms of price ranges. For instance, a ball that falls in the $ 100-200 price range most likely will not be as good as a ball that is in the $ 200 + range. Of course, within those ranges, some bowling balls are definitely better deals than others! And you want to be sure that you are not paying extra money for something that you do not care about (like a glow in the dark ball, for instance).
· Before up and buying your first bowling balls, make sure that you spend the time to carefully decide what material you want your bowling balls made out of.
While bowling balls have been made out of rubber and even wood in the past, today's bowling balls are made from different materials:
· Plastic bowling balls – this is generally the most inexpensive type of bowling ball, and it is actually usually made out of polyester. If you are used to using house balls, then you are used to using plastic balls. They are very durable. They also skid more (making them harder to control) and are less likely to hook – they are good for dry lane conditions.
· Urethane bowling balls – these balls have softer overstocks that give the balls more hook potential. These bowling balls can hook more because they have a higher friction surface than your basic polyester balls. To increase or decrease the amount of hook potential, you can sand or buff the ball.
· Reactive resin bowling balls – these are a relatively new type of bowling ball. Only in the 1990s did bowling ball manufacturers started to add resin particles to the urethane crossstocks. What did this resin do? Well, resin is sticky / tacky, and therefore increases the ball's grip on the lane. It made the balls have even more hook potential. Reactive resin bowling balls skid on oil (giving them great speed) and hook consistently on dry boards. Experienced players can make reactive resin bowling balls work for them with many different lane conditions.
· Particle bowling balls – this type of bowling ball is perfect for anyone (especially experienced bowlers) who want great power potential in their balls. These bowling balls have textured particles like glass and ceramics to resin enhanced balls. This texture give the ball a whole lot of grip in oil, a controllable hook style, and a whole lot of power. Particle bowling balls generally have the greatest hook potential of any balls. Many professional bowlers use particle bowling balls – they like how controllable they are in terms of hook and spin.