Bowling Ball Construction

September 25, 2006

floating balls

Have you seen the floating bowling ball experiement ?  I also saw the experiement  on tv. When I was teaching, I always aspired to do these types of experiements.
broken ball

So I get it that if the ball is heavier than a certain weight( above 12lbs) it will sink. So what the heck makes a ball so heavy or light. It seems that I am not alone in my curiosity, many people to include the guys in the above picture who investigated a little closer have wondered the same. According the articleReactive, Urethane & Polyester. Match the Ball to the Conditions prior to the 1960’s they were made of hard rubber. Then in the 1970′ came polyester balls. Hmm, I just thought it was used for clothing. Then came urethane, which now days is used in some low end balls. The new thing is balls are reactive balls, which means the ball is able to react to what the bowler tells it to do much easier. I have a feeling these reactive balls are something that a beginner like me does not need. Hmm, not quite sure about this reactive bowling technology, I may have to do a little more research on this. Well if you are a bowler, and you read this, please leave me a comment and tell me what a reactive ball is made of, and what it can do?


3 Responses to “Bowling Ball Construction”

  1. hyperpat Says:

    If you are just a beginner bowler, the cheap ‘plastic’ balls will work just fine. At this stage, the bowler needs to be able to concentrate on accuracy, putting the ball to exactly the point he is aiming at. For this purpose, a ball that does not hook or does so very lightly is best. However, balls that go in a straight line do not have very much driving power when entering the pins, and it is very common when throwing such a ball to leave the 5 pin, along with other pins if you’re not exactly in the pocket. To get better striking power, one of the newer balls is very helpful, as it is much easier to get these balls to a have a very pronounced hook, and balls which are curving in towards to the center when they hit the pocket are much more likely to take out the 5 pin (which also means they are less likely to leave some other pins).

    But it’s far more than just the ball material that impacts this. Also needing to be considered is the type of finger holes that are drilled – conventional (your fingers go all the way into the holes) or fingertip (your fingers only go in to the first joint), with the fingertip providing much finer user control of the amount of spin that can be put on the ball (but it’s also a little difficult to get used to when first starting out, and it absolutely must be drilled properly for the individual’s hand), ‘weight’ blocks that are part of some balls designs (their purpose is to accent the amount and type of spin the ball has), and surface type (rough, for more hook, polished for less).

    Balls today are designed to have very specific ‘tracks’ to the pocket. Some are set up to go almost straight line down to about the 45-50 foot mark, then break sharply into the pocket. Others are set up to have a much sharper curve earlier on the lanes, with less ‘snap’ at the back end.

    I’ve been bowling for about 35 years, and for the first 25 of those, I used a conventional grip ‘plastic’ ball. I started with about a 120 average, and worked up to about a 165 with this. Then I switched to urethane ball with fingertip grip, and saw an almost immediate jump into the 180-185 range. In the last couple of years, I’ve gone to one of the reactive balls (specific model I use currently is the Brunswick Absolute Inferno), and I’ve pushed into the 195-200 range.

    If you’re wondering what’s best for you, I’d get your local proshop guy to watch you bowl with whatever your current ball is and have him recommend the type of ball that will stretch and improve your game. Most of these guys are very knowledgeable about the differences between all the various types of balls (many of them are professional bowlers, besides running a shop!), and can not only get you the right ball for your current expertise level, but can also probably give you some advice on how to improve your game.

  2. Anton Says:

    Thanks for the great info Hyperpat. Sounds like some great info for anyone interested in improving their game. My friend and I were invited to join a league. If we do join, I will certainly use the info.

  3. Ardith Boots Says:

    I always play bowling and i really love the feel and weight of bowling balls. They are quite nice. “;`,”

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