Advantages of Having Your Own Custom Bowling Ball
If you’re just getting started with bowling, you most likely are using the balls that the alley provides (these are known as house balls). This is fine if you are bowling purely for social or as a hobby reasons reasons. But if you have aspirations of improving your scores and getting better at the game, you really should make an investment in a ball of your own.
Most bowlers will agree that the single most meaningful factor in their development was getting a custom ball. There are many reasons why your own bowling ball is so important, and this article will tell you why.
Major Advantages of a Custom Ball
1. Finger Holes Fit Your Hand Precisely
The biggest advantage to getting your own ball is that the holes will be drilled to fit your own hand exactly, and no one else’s. When you’re using house balls, the holes won’t be drilled quite the same on any two balls, and this will average it’s much harder to be consistent with your shot.
Most often, the finger holes will be a bit too loose or tight for your own fingers to fit comfortably. Other times, the finger holes will be spaced too far from the thumb hole for your hand. Either way, this will cause you to release your fingers improperly, which will rule to bad shots. It’s a mistake that really isn’t your fault, either, because your ball just doesn’t fit you well.
When you grip a custom bowling ball, however, you’ll notice the additional comfort closest. It’s a radically different feeling to have finger holes just the right size and placed right where your hand can grip the ball with ease. As a consequence, your swing and release will feel much more comfortable, and you can feel much more confident about making adjustments to your stroke when the ball is finally consistent.
2. The Material of the Ball
House balls are made of plastic or polyester, which is a much cheaper material for a bowling ball. The balls that you will find for sale are made up of quite different materials, each which bring some more big advantages.
These progressive materials include urethane, reactive resin and particle balls. All of these have a much softer coverstock (which method outside shell) which causes more friction with the lane surface. What this method in a nutshell is that your ball will be able to hook much better on the lane.
If you want to consistently bowl a high average (in the 170s or 180s) you will need to learn how to develop a hook, which is a shot that starts out traveling straight before curving in towards the pins.
A house ball won’t be able to hook well no matter how well you roll it, because the plastic cover won’t generate enough friction against the lane.
In general, urethane balls will roll more uniformly than house balls, and they will knock down more pins upon impact without deflecting off to the side as plastic balls frequently do.
Reactive resin balls and particles are similar to urethane, but have additional small particles additional to the coverstock which increase friction already further and open up the possible for an already stronger hook. They are usually reserved for more experienced
All in all, if you want to become a better bowler, you should take the most important step and get a ball of your own. Once you feel the comfort of finger holes drilled precisely for your hand, you won’t ever want to touch a house ball again!