"The Bowling Book"
Bowling balls are available in a variety of coverstocks, top weights, pin locations, weight blocks
and more. Choosing the proper bowling ball to best suit your game can prove to be a challenge.
Fortunately, there are quite a few resources available online to research your bowling ball
Below, is a brief breakdown of how the coverstock of a bowling ball can determine the reaction of
the bowling ball on a specific lane condition.
Coverstocks refer to the surface of the bowling ball. For example, most bowling balls will have
either a dull surface or a shiny surface. From the manufacturer, the new bowling ball will already
have this characteristic. However, you can alter the surface to your liking by adding a bowling
ball polish to the ball or simply dulling the surface by using a dulling compound or even a scotch
When a bowling ball is shiny, the reaction of the bowling ball tends to have more length before it
reaches the breakpoint and hooks. When it is dull, the ball will roll up earlier, giving the
appearance of more hook. In reality, the bowling ball just reaches it's breakpoint sooner when it
is dull compared to when it is polished. Depending on the lane condition, you will be able to
determine which bowling ball surface is right for you.
If the lane is slick (more oil on it), you will want a reaction from the ball that will roll
earlier. The reason being is that the oil delays the rotation of the ball being able to reach its
mass bias, the point of where the ball flips and begins to hook. By using a coverstock that is
dull, it creates more friction between the surface of the ball and the oil on the lane, in turn
having the ball reach its breakpoint sooner.
When the lane condition is on the drier side (less oil on the lane), you will want to use a
bowling ball with a little more shine to it. A shiny ball will have less friction in a sense that
the shine makes the bowling ball skid further down the lane before it starts to turn. However, it
should be noted that on dry lanes, the bowling ball will want to naturally go into its roll sooner
because of the small amount of oil that is on the lane.
The coverstock is one important aspect of bowling balls and being able to properly match up your
game to the lane condition. Ideally, you will want to speak with your local bowling ball pro shop
operator about your next bowling ball purchase. It is best to have them watch you bowl as well as
talk about what bowling balls are currently in your bag.
If a bowling ball pro shop is not located in the center you bowl at, many excellent resources are
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