A Practical Beginners Guide To Choosing A Bowling Ball
Knowing how to choose the right bowling ball will help your bowling game. If you choose the right ball you
can concentrate on your technique and shot, instead of the ball.
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When you first start bowling, more often than not, you are never given any instructions on how to choose a
bowling ball. It's not like playing a board game where all of the rules are nicely spelled out for you. When
you first start bowling, knowing how to choose the right bowling ball can mean the difference between
having a great experience and having a relatively frustrating experience.
If you have chosen a good bowling ball, you will concentrate less on how the ball feels in your hand and
more on proper bowling technique. Technique, for a beginner, is more important, to a certain extent, than
the ball you are using.
If you are new to bowling then you most likely do not have your own bowling ball. so, when you do bowl
you will be stuck choosing your ball from those that are available at the bowling alley. Bowling balls
provided by bowling alleys, known as house balls, do not have a reputation of being of the best quality.
Looking for a house ball that perfectly suits you is similar to looking for the perfect pool que at the local
pub. The perfect house ball simply does not exist. You are more likely to get close to perfection if you know
what to look for in a good house ball. There are three things you should concentrate on when choosing a
house ball; the balls weight, the balls grip, and the balls coverstock.
Bowling balls range in weight from six pounds to sixteen pounds. The weight of the bowling ball that you
choose for yourself should depend heavily on two factors; your strength and how well you can control the
ball. Many beginners when choosing a bowling ball just pick it up and decide whether or not it is too heavy
To help determine the proper weight ball you should take a few practice shots with the ball. During the
practice shots if you are straining to pull the ball back in your arm swing then the ball is too heavy. If you
strain to pull the ball back in a controlled manner you will lower your shoulder, your elbow will pop out to
the side, and your back will arch to the side of your bowling arm. This is natural body mechanics. But,
straining in this way will throw off your bowling technique and ruin your game.
By the same token, during your practice shots, if the ball feels if it has no weight to it then it is obviously too
light. You would think that using a ball that is too light would not be a bad thing. But, using a ball that is
too light becomes a control issue. Unless you are skilled and have a lot of physical control you will power
through a bowling ball that is too light and overshoot the shot.
A balls weight is important. But, it is not the most important aspect to choosing a good house ball. In my
opinion, the grip of a house bowling ball is the most important aspect of choosing a bowling ball. If the
holes of the bowling ball are too loose or too tight they will affect how you release the ball. How you release
the ball is single most important factor in how well you can throw a bowling ball. Releasing a bowling ball
is the last facet of control you have over the ball itself. After the ball is released, when it meets the lane, you
no longer have any control over it.
You will never find a perfectly drilled bowling ball. That is unless it was drilled specifically for you. Here
are a few rules of thumb for determining a good grip. You should not have to grip the ball tightly through
your bowling swing. When you start your swing the ball should rest easily on your thumb. As you work
through the swing inertia should distribute the weight of the ball easily between your fingers and thumb. If
on the down swing you have to grip the ball to hold on to it, then the holes are too big. If the holes pull at all
on release then they are too small. The weight of the ball should stay evenly distributed, between the finger
and thumb, through the entire swing.
A final aspect you should keep in mind when choosing a bowling ball. Avoid balls with divots and nicks.
Even if the are very small they will still affect the roll of the ball. Just like the bend of the pool que at the
local pub. It can still be used but the outcome of the shot is unpredictable.
I hope this little practical guide has shed some light on the different things you should consider when
choosing a bowling ball the next time you are at the bowling alley.
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