If you’re just starting to bowl, there are several reasons why you should skip the bowl provided by the bowling center, and use your own bowl. Having your own ball would considerably help you learn the game and improve your skills and performance over time. In this article, we’ll talk about how to choose your first bowling ball, and also introduce you to some brands that are worth consideration.
Buying a Beginner Bowling Ball
If you’ve never bought a bowling ball before, choosing your first ball may be a bit difficult in the initial stages, as there are multiple varieties to deal with. Fortunately, if you spend more time looking for your first ball, you’d realize it isn’t as difficult as you initially thought.
The coverstock is the material making up the outside layer of the ball. When buying a bowling ball, the coverstock should be the first thing on your mind. The layer determines how the ball behaves on the bowling lane, and which could determine whether you end up learning the sport or giving it up even before getting started. The coverstock could be made from polyester or resin. Generally, polyester coverstocks are recommended for amateurs as those are lighter in the pocket. Moreover, polyester also means less friction or the ball gliding on the floor like skates on ice. When there’s less resistance, it’s easier to keep the ball in a straight line. Most beginners would not want their balls to curve away and derail as that’s something they’re not ready for yet.
A lighter ball is recommended in the beginning as it’s easier to control and maneuver. Using a heavier ball when you’re not absolutely sure about ball-handling would only lead to bad performance and frustration. Also, the chances of an injury are higher with a heavier ball, as more force is required to propel the ball. A lighter ball also spins much more quickly. However, make sure you do not opt for a ball that’s too light, as you would have it very easy during bowling, meaning you won’t learn much about the sport.
Different balls have different cores and this variety could impact ball performance. Beginners must start with symmetrical or pancake cores since that provides more performance and does not need much extra consideration when drilling finger holes. Asymmetrical core, thanks to its mid-path gyration radius, makes it easier for beginners to predict the ball’s motion. Extremely asymmetrical cores could produce a ball that’s difficult for an amateur to control, particularly as certain finger hole configurations could generate varying effects.
• Current Requirement
Buy a ball that fits your current requirements. Do not buy a ball for the future. When you reach there, you can always buy another ball. If you buy a ball that’s meant for extremely proficient or skilled bowlers, you would find it hard to learn the sport. Therefore, buy a ball that’s comfortable to roll right off the bat.
Best Bowling Balls for Beginners
There are many brands that make good beginner bowling balls. Your job is only to find the one that fits your needs. Columbia is a name to reckon with in the world of bowling balls. It made the bowling industry stand up and take notice with its Messenger core. The modified version of this ball is out, which retains all the legendary features of its ancestor, but adds a few nifty upgrades for a more enhanced weight distribution. The core’s special design would help you develop your basic skillset, thanks to its steady and smooth roll. The ball’s core design also means space for future hook shots. This means you can practice with this ball even after having reached a particular stage in bowling.
Motiv Ascent and the DV8 Misfit are great beginner balls as well. If you want more options, then take a look at Roto-Grip Uproar, Wipe Out, Storm Tropical Breeze, etc. Strike King is an entry ball by Brunswick. The Ebonite Cyclone is a good beginner ball as well. It almost has the perfect combination of core, coverstock, and price point. Though an entry-level ball, it doesn’t mean the Ebonite Cyclone is only for beginners – same goes for the Columbia Freeze too. This means both the balls would hook when thrown right. However, they would not react overtly on dryer lanes. The Brunswick line is not just about the Strike King. Slingshot is another entry-level option, which is available in five different colors. Brunswick Python is a decent choice too.
Consider buying a used ball if you don’t mind taking that route. It’s not just cost-efficient (not that bowling balls are expensive, to begin with) but you may find the ball fitting your fingers well compared to newer balls. With more practice, the first fingertip bowling ball could become too light. Therefore, ask your local shop owner for a plugged/used ball. The money you save on your first ball purchase could be used to buy a new second ball when you step up.
Not all the aforementioned balls work for all. Some may find Motiv Ascent more convenient and handy than DV8 Misfit, for instance. It’s, therefore, recommended you try out different balls before buying one. If you’re not sure what suits you best, ask your friend or colleague who knows a thing or two about bowling to observe your bowling and recommend you stuff. Ultimately, your goal should be to buy a ball that dances to your tune.