Pointers for Buying Your Own Bowling Ball

By A.J. Forrest, Lisa Iannucci

Part of Bowling For Dummies Cheat Sheet

After you know for sure that you want to pursue bowling as a hobby, it’s time to consider purchasing a ball of your very own. Because you have so many options when it comes to choosing a bowling ball, keep these pointers in mind:

  • Bowling balls with a plastic coverstock are perfect for beginners, straight bowlers, and tight budgets. They don’t hook much, or even at all, and the average cost is less than $100 — a great, affordable investment for your first bowling ball.

  • Bowling balls with urethane coverstock are perfect for hook shots. They don’t absorb oil, and they provide more friction than a plastic ball, hence the powerful hook.

  • Bowling balls with a reactive resin coverstock are considered an investment. They’re expensive, but they’re also perfect if you’re serious about throwing a mean hook shot because the resin digs into the oil on the lane, providing a greater opportunity for hitting the pocket.