Bowling is one of the best low-intensity sports to participate in. There is a minimal cost to the player, that would by you, and it is easy to learn the basics to start playing right away. Another great part of bowling is anyone, no matter the age, can start bowling and have a great time with it. After a few times of using the house balls at the local bowling alley, most people are ready to find their very own ball. This becomes the hard part because picking the right ball for you can be a decision that takes a few times to get it right.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Ball
There are a few things to consider when choosing the correct ball. The first small factor to consider is whether or not the ball is for yourself or someone else. If it is for your child or someone else that bowls then make sure you know their tastes or can have them along on the trip.
After this, choosing the size of the bowling ball is the first step in picking the correct ball. When a bowler refers to the size of their ball they are not talking about the physical size of the ball, but instead, they are talking about the weight inside of the ball. All bowling balls are the same diameter. This really depends on the person’s limitations in life. Things like age, strength, past surgeries, and anything else that may make things difficult to throw the ball properly down the lane.
A child, for instance, would be much better off throwing an eight or nine-pound ball, whereas, a healthy mid-forties woman would be more attuned with a twelve to fifteen-pound ball. People with something like carpal tunnel syndrome would need a special wrist brace, and may consider throwing a lighter ball than they normally would.
The next step when picking the perfect beginner bowling balls is to ascertain if the player is going to throw a straight ball or try to learn to throw the curve ball. Curving the ball is a technique that is used by professional bowlers and amateurs alike. By twisting your wrist at the point of release when throwing your ball. It spins the ball and makes it curve in the direction you twisted your wrist. It is a very helpful skill to learn if you are planning to make bowling a regular part of the routine.
Throwing a straight ball is how most bowlers start though and is the easiest way to go bowling. It is exactly how the name makes it sound. Get the ball and draw your arm back and forth and let it fly down the lane. Aim just to the right or left of the head pin, which is the pin directly in front, in order to achieve the best chance for a strike. There are many bowlers that never learn to curve the ball, and that is a perfectly fine way to bowl. Curving the ball is not a necessity for bowling, but it is very helpful when trying to pick up a tricky spare in the corner.
One last step for picking beginner bowling balls is the fingerholes. There are two kinds of hole finishing for bowling balls. Open holes and fitted fingertip holes. Open holes are exactly as they sound and are just holes in the ball for your fingers. An attendant at the shop, or even the bowling alley itself, will have the drill to do it. It usually only takes a day or two for the shop to get your ball back to you. The process itself is rather simple in nature because it is only drilling three holes for your fingers into the ball. The attendant will take your finger size, much like a jeweler would size your finger for a ring, and drill the holes from that. Getting the holes in the right spot is important and also why a professional should be the one drilling your ball. After the holes are drilled then they round the corners to keep any sharp edges from cutting your fingers. That is how they make an open fingerhole ball. The process for fingertipping a ball starts the same as an open tipped ball, but after the drilling is done then the fingertip pieces are put in. These pieces are formed to fit the user’s fingertips and give them amazing control of the ball at the apex of their throw. Most bowlers that use a curve in their throw have fingertips in their balls. They are very helpful for accuracy and stability.
Where to Find the Perfect Ball
There are many places to find any bowling ball to buy, but finding the perfect one can take a bit of looking. Often times there is a shop in the local bowling alley that will have some stock balls there, but they might not have the finish that you want. If just looking for a ball to have to throw then the local alley shop will have what you need, but if looking for the best ball for the future then a pro shop would be the best bet to find the right ball for you. If you do not want to go to a store and deal with a customer service representative there is always online sites that can allow you to pick exactly the ball you want, but this will be the more expensive route to go through.