Bowling Ball Selection for the Tournament Bowler

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Randy Peterson here for Storm Bowling Products shows you how to select a bowling ball if you are a tournament bowler.

    Randy Peterson: Hi, Everybody! Randy Peterson back with you once again for Storm Bowling and Roto Grip. You know we have been talking about how to select the right bowling ball. Today we are going to talk about how to select the right bowling ball for the tournament bowler.

    Oftentimes tournament bowlers compete with a number of balls in their arsenal. It's important to consider bowlers' delivery and lane conditions. Man what a hard decision, there is so much information out there. You know we talk about core design; we talk about low RG versus high RG. Asymmetrical cores versus symmetrical cores. I mean, there is so much out there, pin placements and we'll get to some of that in a bit. But let me see if I could somehow simplify this for you. When you are talking about RG, a low RG ball which would be this core here versus a high RG core. The lower the RG, the more master is in the center of that bowling ball, the sooner that ball wants to get rolling. A high RG ball, there is more mass to the outer shell. So, the longer that ball is going to take to get into a roll.

    So, food for thought is, the lower the RG the less resistance it has to rotation, the earlier it wants to roll. Not the same for a symmetrical core. That core is going to take a little bit longer. The other difference between asymmetrical and symmetrical is that an asymmetrical ball, once it does makes it's move, it's going to be much more pronounced than say a symmetrical core.

    So, two completely different motions when throwing these bowling ball down the lane. For you tournament bowlers out there, you are going to need a wide variety of equipment based on the diverse lane conditions you are going to face. There's no way you will be able to take one bowling ball and bowl well at every center you go to, it's impossible. So, I want you to think of it, as kind of like, trying to put a set of golf clubs together. You are going to want to have high-end equipment, that is the most aggressive bowling balls on the market, something that's going to be able to grip. The slickest old patterns, all the way down to the real dry, dry lane or dry oil patterns or short oil panels, and everything in between as the lanes go through transition, you are going to want to be able to have options to go to other bowling bowls, so that you can maintain a consistent ball reaction that you are used to see.

    Hey! Tournament bowlers, we are going to talk about another factor in laying out bowling equipment that will help you in game and help you throw more strikes. It's called the pin and pin position. Remember all of this is based off of your positive access point, whether you are left or right handed. But rule of thumb is simple, the closer I move that pin to my positive access point, the earlier the ball wants to roll. The farther away from that positive access point I move that pin, the longer the ball is going to go down the lane. Also, if I keep the pin above my fingers, its going to tend to make that ball go a little bit longer down the lane, then if I were to say put that pin underneath the fingers.

    So obviously, there's a lot of combinations, that's why you need to have a good professional pro-shop operator, properly laid the bowling balls out for you. Good Luck!

    Coming up next, we are going to talk about, how to care for that brand new ball.