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Best Polyester and Plastic Bowling Balls for Straight Bowlers

Many bowlers employ a hook on their shots, but most beginners start by bowling a straight ball. When you’re at this stage of your bowling career, and possibly averaging 150 pins or less, there are some particular types of balls that you’ll want to get. Specifically, it’s the plastic and polyester options that should be on…

The Best Urethane Bowling Balls for 2017

When you’re looking for the right bowling ball for you, the material of the coverstock is typically one of your first considerations. These materials are the primary method of differentiating between balls and how they will perform on the lanes (as well as their price tag in most cases!). Beginners will usually start with a…

What is the Best Reactive Resin Ball for Hook?

Bowling balls can be made of many different materials, and their surface (or “coverstock”) is what determines how much friction the ball will generate against the lane and consequently how much it will hook. Plastic balls are used by beginners and travel mostly straight, while urethane balls have a higher hook potential, especially in dry…

How Can I Find the Best Bowling Shoes?

You don’t need to have a lot of equipment to be a competitive bowler, but for the few pieces of gear that you do use, it’s vital to choose them carefully. First is the most obvious tool, the bowling ball. Getting a ball made with the right coverstock material and custom drilled to your hand…

Finding the Best Bowling Ball for 2017: A Buyer’s Guide

Bowling is a sport enjoyed by millions of numbers of people from all corners of the world. It can be a great activity for family time, corporate team-building or even a date, but if you wish to get better and improve your average, getting your own ball is a crucial step to take. When you’re…

Bowling With Spin Technique vs. The Straight Ball

Bowlers can be meaningfully grouped into a few categories, and one of the major ones is fairly obvious to any onlooker: the style with which they throw the ball. One bowling style is the aptly-named straight ball, where the release is straight and the ball travels in a straight line down the lane and towards the…

Rev Rate vs. Rotation in Bowling: What’s the Difference?

When you’re analyzing or troubleshooting your bowling shot, there are a few different numbers you’ll hear getting thrown around. There’s the shot’s revolutions, which means how much the ball revolves on its journey towards the pins. But then there’s also the rotations that your ball makes as it heads down the lane. These may sound…

Where Is Bowling Ball Speed Measured, the Release or the Pins?

Ball speed is an important metric in bowling. It affects your hook, it determines the degree to which your ball reacts to the lane, and the mechanics involved play an important role in your release and direction. So you want to be aware of the speed that you’re throwing. Helpfully, most bowling alleys include your…

What Are the Effects of an Offset Thumb Hole in Ball Drilling?

What effect does moving the position of the thumb hole have when your ball is getting drilled? A number of bowlers recommend an offset thumb, where the thumb hole is drilled slightly to the side of center. There are diverse reasons why a bowler might be curious about trying it. For example, one bowler who recently…

Columbia 3000 Freeze Hybrid Bowling Ball Review (+ Video)

The Columbia 3000 Freeze Hybrid is a nice bowling ball for beginners and intermediate bowlers alike who are hoping to improve their average and reach a higher level of play. What makes it a good choice? It has a Modified Messenger core, same as the earlier Freeze models and a very successful one. The coverstock is a…