Bowling is a fun pastime for beginners and advanced players alike. And while there are balls for everyone at the bowling alley, you will soon find that having your own fitted bowling ball can help up your game, especially if you are a novice. Here are just some tips to help you choose the best beginner bowling ball, but make sure to browse Feel Like Strike for specific recommendations and more advice.
The weight of the ball
To find out the best ball weight for your skills, one simple way is to divide your body weight by 11, and choose a ball that is 1 or 2 pounds lighter than the number you get. You will need an even lighter ball if you are smaller in stature.
Most bowling balls, and all house balls, are made of plastic, a material that is cheap, but not suitable for bowling with a hook. Nonetheless, plastic balls are a relatively good option for beginners.
Other materials include urethane and reactive resin, both of which are more appropriate for hooking. Urethane balls can knock down more pins, while reactive resin balls (urethane with added resin) can be used on both dry and oily lanes.
Having your own custom bowling ball means the finger holes will be drilled to match your hand perfectly. This way, your ball will be as unique as you are, but this is not merely a vanity thing; to the contrary, a fitted bowling ball ensures consistency and enables you to improve your game with every shot. This is where house balls fail because their finger holes vary from ball to ball, with some being too close together and others too far apart.
No matter your age, as long as you are just learning to bowl, you are better off with an inexpensive plastic ball that is customized to your hand. The most widely used models for beginners are plastic coverstock (also known as polyester, a very durable material) and urethane bowling balls; both are great first ball choices. They also work well for more advanced bowlers who only throw a straight ball.
On the other hand, if you are just learning to bowl a hook, you will need to upgrade to a urethane ball. This type of ball is also used by experienced bowlers, since it works perfectly well on lanes where there is little oil.