One of the trickiest aspects of being a new bowler is picking out the right bowling ball. After all, you barely know how to pick the ball up and toss it forward. How would you know if one bowling ball is a better bowling ball than another?
Actually, most serious bowlers carry at least two bowling balls with them, if not three. The reason is that there are some bowling balls that work best on oily lanes, while others work best on dry lanes. Further, the professional bowlers like to have a ball that they can hook for hitting the number 1 pin just right for a strike, while having another ball that goes absolutely straight for knocking down pins in the event they don't get a strike.
Many new bowlers are tempted to use a real heavy ball so it will knock all of the pins over or a real light ball so they would not look silly holding it. The truth is that all of the balls have plenty of energy to knock all of the pins over if thrown properly, so more focus should be given to form. It is hard to focus on form if the ball is too heavy. Further, you can hurt yourself with a ball too heavy. If the ball is too light, however, you may end up overthrowing it. More important is choosing a bowling ball that will fit your fingers well, if not having your own bowling ball with custom drilled finger holes.
While it is nice to have a glow in the dark ball or a beautiful reflective marble design, make very sure that your focus is on getting a ball of the proper size and design to fit you, without any sacrifice made in the area of quality craftsmanship. For most beginners, the polyester bowing ball is a good choice. It is cheap, yet durable. Just as importantly, it is very low friction when sliding and rolling across the waxed lanes. They tend to right themselves and roll straight shortly afterwards. If you ever get serious about bowling, you can always go for a more advanced bowling ball.
You may see others at the bowling alley with urethane bowling balls or reactive resin bowling balls. The urethane balls are affordable and have a softer surface area, allowing the bowler to do some advanced hooking. The reactive resin balls, on the other hand, are only for the serious professional. The resin substance gives the ball a tacky surface allowing the ball to grip most bowling lanes. This gives the professional bowler total control over how the ball moves. If you're an amateur, however, the reactive resin ball will make you look pretty silly.
It should be mentioned that there is a more advanced version of the reactive resin bowling ball that is misnamed as a practice bowling ball. This resin-based bowling ball also has glass and ceramic material added to it to make it grip the lanes even more. Professional bowlers use these practice bowling balls to get explosive hooks on their balls.
While it is good to know there are advanced options for those who want to be professional bowlers some day, most of us just want to have fun. For us, a light, inexpensive bowling ball that fits really well is always the best option.
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Sean Bailey is a fitness and sports enthusiast. He has written for a number of fitness websites and publications. He currently runs a website giving bowling tips at http://www.tipsforbowling.net