Bowling Ball Tip - Choosing the
The weight of the bowling ball is essential to your
game. In general, the heavier the ball, the greater the
pin reaction. Lighter balls will likely leave splits that
are hard to pick up, but this should not deter shoppers from
buying a lighter ball, which may be best for some
Every bowler is different and what one may feel comfortable
with may not be right for the next person. This is a very
individual process and a beginning player should ask for help
from a person that deals with bowling balls.
The following are some good guidelines to follow when
selecting the appropriate weight for you bowling ball.
A good rule of thumb for choosing the weight: women should
choose a ball from 10 to 14 pounds, and men should choose a
ball from 14 to 16 pounds.
If you can hold a ball for 5 seconds without shaking, then
its weight is light enough for you to control. If not,
then it is too heavy.
There are exceptions of course and the guidelines are not
appropriate for everyone's game, but this can be used as a
One general rule of thumb experts recommend is calculating
10% of your body weight and looking for a ball close to
The ball you buy should always be heavier than the community
ball you usually go for at the bowling alley by at least a
pound or two. Because the bowling ball you buy will be
custom fit/drill to your fingers, it will feel lighter than the
balls at the bowling alley.
Also, children should bowl with a ball that is less than 10
pounds. A good rule for children is they should choose a
ball that is equivalent to their age. For example, a
child that is six-year old should bowl with a ball that weighs
The weight block of a bowling ball is found inside the ball
beneath the coverstock and has a lot to do with how your ball
will perform. There are two main types of weight blocks:
high mass and low mass.
A high mass weight block will promote a lot of length down
the lane because it doesn't usually allow the ball to get into
a heavy roll, and a low mass weight block will allow for that
heavier roll, which can increase hook potential.
Another issue to consider when purchasing a bowling ball is
the fit of the grip. As you will notice, the heavier the
ball, the larger the spaces between the finger holes in the
ball. On the lighter balls, the holes are drilled closer
together and are meant for a smaller hand.
A good rule of thumb regarding the grip is to place your
thumb in the thumbhole and stretch your fingers across the
other two holes. Your fingers should completely cover the
two holes on the ball. Some individuals find it best to
have the finger holes custom drilled to fit their hands.
The key to weight and grip is the comfort and ability to
carry and release the ball effectively. If you are not
comfortable, you are likely to perform poorly and your score
Another key factor is to make sure that you do not feel that
you are not man or woman enough if you do not bowl with a
heavier ball than your opponent or friend.
Everyone is different and it is not the size of the ball
that determines the final score. So do not worry about
impressing someone else. Just choose a bowling ball that
is comfortable for you.