Preferred Bowling Ball Vendors
At its core, the bowling ball industry has been through quite a history of change. In the old days, the balls were shaped out of lignum vitae, or very hard wood. In the 1900’s, wooden balls gave way to rubber which were considered the best of their kind for quite a while.
But over the past 50 years, several adequate coverstocks have been created making the buying decision of bowling center proprietors a bit more complicated.
If you’re looking for the right type of bowling ball for your center, here are the coverstocks to consider today:
- Polyester - Introduced 1960
Polyester has the least friction of today's coverstocks. They are great entry level balls because of easy control, they’re sold in a variety of colors, and they are low price. These balls are also used as a "second" ball for spare shooting because of their harder surface and minimal hook.
- Urethane - Introduced 1981
This is a very durable coverstock which is somewhat more porous than polyester. Urethane also produces better pin action than polyester and is considered to have moderate hook potential. A Urethane coverstock bowling ball is a reasonably priced choice as a "step up" from plastic, but while it was once a top of the line ball, urethane has taken a back seat to today's high power performance balls.
- Reactive Resin - Introduced 1992
Reactive balls get their name from their tendency to "react" more to variances in lane conditions and operator ability. These chemically enhanced balls are available in many models for varying skill levels. They offer the most versatility and pin action and lots of "hook potential". Reactive balls by nature are less durable than polyester and urethane, however the striking power they provide is a huge plus.
- Particle (Pro-Active) - Introduced 1998
Designed for maximum friction and maximum reaction in oil, these coverstocks are great for the bowler who's high ball speed prevents reactive balls from reacting or the tournament bowler who encounters frequent heavily oiled lane conditions. The addition of minute particles to surface of the ball is what provides the "snow tire like" lane grabbing effect.
The other two main considerations when purchasing a bowling ball are the weight of the ball and where the finger holes are placed.
Bowling balls are sold in a variety of weights ranging from around six to sixteen pounds. Based on the bowler’s strength and style of play, specific weights are necessary for optimum performance, and it’s imperative that a bowling center cater to players of all skill level and age.