(lasted updated 8/26/08)

The Bowling Zone Continued

The Bowling Balls: Bowling sure has come a long way from the era of the wooden sphere. As recently as the late 1970s, the state-of-the-art ball was made of plastic. Then came urethane in the early ’80s, and bowling hasn’t been the same since. For you, the intermediate and above-level player, urethane is a must. It’s vastly superior to its rivals. Because urethane balls hit the pins so much harder, hook more, and track the far better, they’re worth 10-15 sticks per game. Despite its cost, urethane has virtually rendered plastic and rubber as obsolete as the wooden tennis racket. Each of the six major manufacturers offers several varieties of urethane balls. While some companies are better than others, all urethane balls, like color televisions, have reached a level of excellence. Each company’s line has balls for the three major lane conditions:balls that hook a lot (for oily lanes), medium hookers (for in-between lanes), and relatively straight ball (for dry lanes).

If you are planning on buying but one urethane ball to start with, I suggest opting for the middle-of-the-road variety unless your game dictates otherwise. The exception would be if you want to miniimize a huge hook (go with the shiny/harder shell ball) or if you want to greatly increase your hook (pick the dull finish/sofest-shell ball you can find.

What the Lustre King unit does is apply wax to the ball’s surface.That substance fill in the pores of the track area.It will add early skid to your shot,thus delaying its roll.The wax can add life to your ball. As it wears off the ball will once again hook.


The following information is provide as a rough guide to the wide variety of equipmnet that is available to today’s bowlers.The information on specific balls has been supplied by their manufacturers.

As a general rule, if you wish to invest in one urethane ball, select one that is suited for “Most” or “Medium” oil lane conditions. However, if you are a cranker who wants to decrease your very large natural hook you will want a ball that is designed to roll more straight(one that has a higher hardness number and is meant for dry lanes.) Converesly, if you are a stroker who wishes to maximize your ball’s hook, pick a softer-shelled ball (a lower number hardness rating)that is meant for oily lanes.

If you plan on buying two urethane balls, the chances are that you should pick one toward either end of the spectrum(i.e. one for drier conditions and other for more oily lanes).

Keep in mind that the highly competeive ball-manufacturing market is forever changing in the major companies seek to produce a product that is superior to those of their rivals.As such, the information we have have provided is the most up-to-date as of publication. For more information, see your local pro.
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