Bowling balls come in different types, sizes, weights, and the materials used in making the ball. It is very important to know the difference between the bowling balls, especially when you are planning to play constantly. In addition to that, the characteristics that differentiate the balls from each other greatly influence their spin as you release the ball into the aisle. Thus, you have to be acquainted with the different kinds of balls and find the one that you are most comfortable with.

Most balls use is known as ten pin balls. These have finger holes and these are the ones usually used in bowling centers that is why this isn’t really new to most people. These ten-pin balls are approximately 8.5 inches in diameter and built with three finger holes. We also have what we call the five-pin holes which do not have any finger holes, smaller and only measures 5 inches in diameters.

The Difference Between Bowling Balls

Another difference of bowling balls is the material used to make it. Bowling balls are usually made from polyester, particle, polyurethane and reactive resin. Bowling balls made out of polyurethane tend to be softer and allows more hook than the others since they produce more friction. Polyester-made bowling balls are widely known because of their durability and affordability. They create lesser friction and roll more smoothly than the polyurethane balls. Advanced bowlers prefer to use particle balls practically because of their hooking ability while giving more power. It is known that power increases if hard materials such as glass or ceramic are added to the protective covering of the ball. Good hook potential is achieved by using reactive resin balls. They have the ability to skid more on oily lanes and tend to hook more on the dry lanes. This has been the leading choice for top bowlers because of the additional power it gives.

One important factor in determining differences among bowling balls is its weight. The heavier the bowling ball is, the more mass it contains. They say that heavier balls have greater chances of knocking down more pins as compared to those with lesser weight, provided that they are thrown at the same speed. This can be best explained by the formula F=Mxa wherein: F=force, M=mass and a=acceleration. The only problem with bowling balls with more weight is the fact that they are more difficult to accelerate thus resulting to a decrease in its impact force.  Nevertheless, heavier bowling balls still are the best balls to use if you aim for a strike.

Once you reach a point wherein you have to choose the bowling ball you are most comfortable with, make sure you picked out the one that you can roll the fastest. One general rule in choosing a bowling ball is the one that weighs 10% of your weight. That is why it is imperative that you acquaint yourself with the differing characteristics of the bowling balls. By doing so, it is made easier for you to decide on which ball is most appropriate for you.

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