As our reviews and fan bases grow, First Rate Sport has become something of an authority when it comes to bowling. We have many experts in the game back at HQ and we all have a passion for it, with our own bowling team playing in our local league. However while most of our information so far has driven you to find the very best quality and value equipment you can get for your money, what about when it comes to actually playing the game. How do you set out in it, and what important areas do you need to focus on.
One of the most common questions we are asked, and that we hear on the lanes, is what weight bowling ball should I use? How do I go about finding out what the best weight bowling ball is? Well, we advise testing lots of different weight alley balls, so you can get a rough ball park idea. Obviously, these balls are not of the very highest quality, but this phase is crucial before you look to shell out your own money on a decent bowling ball.
So what are the weight ranges of bowling balls, and what do others use?
The range of ball weights vary from 6lbs to 16 lbs. 16Lbs is the largest allowed competitive weight and used to be the most popular. However with new core technology and a huge and vast array of coverstocks, you can start to have much more impact on the pins, with a lower weight ball. This has seen 15lb balls become most popular amongst male users. Female users will look to have a ball between 12lbs and 14lbs when finding the best weight bowling ball for women. This weight is also advised for senior bowlers who maybe do not have the same arm strength they used to, or that are going through physical changes and need to lessen the strain on their body. Finally the lighter balls are ideal for children looking to get the best ball weight. One easy tip we found on another online review site was to match the weight of the ball, to the age of the young player. Keep doing this up to 10 years old, although this is not a one hundred percent exact science. More a rough guide to help you pick.
So how does ball weight effect my game?
It goes without saying that a heavier ball will hit the pins harder and gather greater kinetic energy as it travels down the lane. This
will result in a greater impact on the pins, hopefully knocking more down as the greater force is applied. A lighter ball weight will be very helpful to offer greater control as it is easier to handle, and to swing your arm with. As we said earlier new advances in core technology and coverstock variety means you can get lighter balls, that still pack a considerable punch.
So what is the best ball weight for me?
The easiest way to answer this is that it is whatever you feel comfortable with. We say that the heaviest ball you can throw and still feel natural, and maintain your technique with is the best ball for you. There is no point just hurling a massive ball if it is detrimental to your game. You need to test you can bowl this weight for a continued period of time, and not feel sore or experience a drastic drop in technique or form.
If you are struggling to impact the pins, then consider moving up a pound. Test if you can still throw a ball of this weight consistently for game, after game. If the answer is yes then by all means move up. Do not get drawn into a contest as to who can throw a heavier ball though. It is better to bowl 180 with a light ball than the macho guy who is bragging about his 16lb ball and how easy it is, yet is scoring 110.
As we said at the top of the article, test the alley balls and the balls of friends and teammates if you are considering making a change. Then we would advise shopping around to find the best deal for the ball in your ball weight. Many online discounters offer value that shops can not. So use the alley balls for testing, then get the value online. Good luck and happy bowling!