Know Your Bowling Ball Bowling Ball, as it is easy to assume, is a powerful weapon for a perfect and successful game of bowling. It is the main device in the game of bowling. As you are in direct charge of only the ball, managing it well can give you great results. The point of delivery, the angle at which it is released, hook and speed, all affect the final throw of the ball. Composition Of A Bowling Ball At a game of bowling, the balls provided weigh differently. They can weigh anything between six pounds to sixteen pounds. Still, the size is always the same i.e. 8 1/2 inches diameter. Filling the interior of the ball with greater compression makes it possible. The material used can be either or a combination of two or more of these: rubber, urethane, plastic and reactive resin. Hence, the density of these substances will directly influence the mass of the ball. The mass in turn will affect the rotation and friction caused by the ball. Use Finger Holes After knowing about the interior, it is time to have a close look at the exterior of the ball. The finger holes on the surface of a bowling ball often go unnoticed. The bowling ball has three holes pierced on its surface, meant to hold the thumb and two fingers. These holes are meant for the bowler to grip the ball properly, as it is far too big to fit into one’s hand. The finger holes make it possible for the bowler to be in charge of the ball, despite its heavy weight. Custom Made balls The bowling alleys have enough balls to suit everybody’s requirements. Still, some bowling enthusiasts or professionals buy their personal balls or get their balls custom made. It gives them the advantage of having the finger holes punctured according to their individual requirement or in accordance with the density and mass of the ball. The outward look of the ball can also be tailored to suit the taste of the bowler. It can contain some symbols or team insignia. Grip It Well Using the finger holes is not enough. Knowing, how to use them is also important. There are three main kinds of grips that are used to deliver the ball in the game of bowling. Choosing which one to use depends mostly on the level of ability of the player. The three kinds of grips are: the conventional grip, the semifinger tip grip, and the fingertip grip. In the conventional grip, the thumb and both the fingers are dug down into the holes up to the second knuckle. The fingertipgrip allows the use of just the tip of the fingers to facilitate a better spin. The semifinger tip grip is midway between the two grips. The fingers are put into the holes up till the first knuckle.
Hence, a ball, which is chosen well, and delivered properly, is most advantageous for a bowler. Feeling at ease with it and being in control will instill selfbelief in you and help you score better.
Published on Jun 24, 2009
Bowling Ball, as it is easy to assume, is a powerful weapon for a perfect and successful game of bowling. It is the main device in the game...