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How to Pick a Bowling Ball

Learn how to choose a bowling ball from world record-holding bowler Byron Toth in this Howcast video.


My name is Byron Tose. Owner operator of Tose Score Board Pro Shop, located here in Scores Fun Center, in Painesville, Ohio. I'm a world record holder, I have multiple 300 games in a 800 series, and I'm here to talk about bowling.

I'd like to talk to you today about bowling ball technology. Different cover stock materials and different core technology. To give you more information in order to make a more knowledgeable purchase the next time you buy a bowling ball.

First is a polyester bowling ball. It has a polyester cover on it, gets very little surface friction, and it hooks very little. It's constructed like this on the inside of the ball, with a very simple weight plate out near the surface of the ball. The ball doesn't roll real true and has more opportunity to deflect when it hits the pins.

Then there's reactive resin urethane bowling balls. They're urethane cover stocks with an additive to it to open up the pores and give the surface more friction, so these balls hook more than polyester bowling balls. They also come with more massive cores in the center of them, this is one example. All the cores are a little bit different shapes, and they have different densities. But if you buy a bowling ball with a core that has a lower radius of gyration, meaning more mass is concentrated toward the center of the ball, it will go into a little bit earlier roll than a ball that has a more elongated core, and a higher RG rate.

If you're a casual social bowler, for the price, a polyester bowling ball is good. If you're an advanced bowler and you want a ball that goes relatively straight when you're shooting spares a polyester ball is good. If you're a little bit more advanced bowler and want a little bit higher technology, but your ball speed is low or you bowl on lane conditions that are dry, you would want a pearlized cover stock ball with a higher RG core, a more cylindrical core. These balls will hook a little bit less, will go down the lane a little bit straighter before they want to go into their hooking motion. If you throw the ball faster or bowl on conditions that have more oil, you might want to select a ball that has a solid cover stock, a duller cover stock, and one with a lower RG core, to allow the ball to go into a roll a little bit earlier, and hook a little bit sooner because of the oil condition you're bowling on or the speed of your ball.

Hopefully with this information, when you go to select a bowling ball, you want to match the bowling ball technology with your style of bowling and with the lane conditions you're bowling on.

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