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How To Choose A Bowling Ball?

Updated on October 4, 2010

How To Choose A Bowling Ball

Bowling has long become a popular sport almost all over the world. To be precise, it is enjoyed by nearly 100 million people in over 90 countries. Bowling is one of the oldest games and dates back to round 3rd century A.D. The key idea of the game is to score points as the rolling ball hits the pins or gets closer to the target ball. The bowling surface is made of wood or synthetic material. Bowling as a game may vary implying different amount of pins used. Nowadays the most widely spread is the 10-pin game. In the article you will find much useful information about bowling as well as instructions on how to choose a bowling ball. The tips provided below may become clues to your success in the game. We hope you will find what you need here.


Slightly warm up yourself and the fingers before starting the game.

Step 1. I want to do this! What's This? There are two basic styles of bowling ball throwing: straight and curve. Think which is closer to yours it will help to develop a ball throwing style? Most beginners and overall most people tend more towards the straight one.
Step 2. To begin with, choose the bowling ball weight which is best for you. The ball should not unduly strain the arm, still, it should not be too lightweight. Whipping the ball down the bowling lane should require some of your effort. If the ball slightly hangs when thrown most likely it is very lightweight. On the other hand the ball should not drop at once before you have followed through. In this case the bowling ball is too heavy.
Step 3. Your fingers should fit well in the bowling ball holes so that you will have a perfect grip of it. Small holes may hurt the fingers, whereas the big ones may prevent from precise throw.
Step 4. Make sure the ball has no imperfections. Any slight imperfection may deviate the ball course. And that may mean a split rather than a strike - when all pins are knocked.
Step 5. Practice throwing bawling balls beforehand. It will help you feel which fits you better. Practice different throws.

Bowling balls are normally made of plastic, urethane, or reactive resin. They have 3 holes for the thumb, ring, and the middle finger. There are balls with 5 holes but the traditional are the first ones. The balls also vary in color, size and weight. The general maximum of the ball weight is 16 pounds (or 7.2 kg). There is a stabilizing core in all bowling balls. As concerns the pins, they have been standardized to 4.75″ wide, 15″ (or 380 mm) tall, 3 lb 10 oz (or 1.6 kg) weight. The pins are made of rock maple wood then coated with a special plastic material, painted and finished with a glossy substance.

Bowling as a sport is not exhausting and may be regarded to have likewise effect on the organism as walking. It allows you make non strenuous movements exercising muscles and helping your body burn excess calories. Being a team game, or requiring more persons than only you, the positive emotional effect of bowling is that it helps socializing. Now you know a lot about bowling and how to choose a bowling ball for yourself.

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