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Choosing a Bowling Ball

When choosing a bowling ball from any of the top brands, visit BowlerX.com where you’ll find a huge selection of products for sale.

Choosing a Bowling Ball

BowlerX.com is the online bowling superstore. We are based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are rated #1 for customer service and product knowledge, and offer exceptionally low prices.

The BowlerX.com Difference

  • Trusted since 2008 as one of the largest online bowling retailers in the U.S.;
  • More than 2,000 top-quality products at the lowest prices;
  • Authorized dealer for all of the brands we sell;
  • We stand behind every sale;
  • You will never receive seconds or blems;
  • Easy online ordering;
  • No hidden fees;
  • FAST & FREE standard ground shipping;
  • Simple return policy – no hassles, no questions asked.

Buying Your First Bowling Ball?

Buying your first bowling ball can be overwhelming. There are so many options, but we suggest focusing on type, weight and grip.

Type

Bowlers either throw the ball straight or throw a hook. If you like to throw the ball straight, we recommend a polyester ball, also called a plastic ball.  The cover material offers the least hook potential. These balls are also ideal if you just plan to bowl with friends and want your own ball.

If you intend to compete at a high level, you will learn to throw a hook because it offers the best chance of carry (knocking down all of the pins). We recommend starting out with an entry level reactive ball. The coverstock (the ball’s outer surface) is designed to grip the lane and will help you learn to throw a hook.

Weight

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect ball, look for the proper weight. Bowling balls weigh from 6 to 16 pounds. Lighter balls are typically designed for children, and the heaviest are the maximum weight allowed in professional bowling.

If you bowl often, test a few different house balls at your local bowling center to see which weight feels most comfortable. Keep in mind, though, that bowling balls that are drilled specifically for your hand and fingers will feel about two pounds lighter than a house ball, so add a pound or two to the house ball’s weight and buy that weight.

Grip

Now you’ll have to decide between a conventional grip and a fingertip grip. Most house balls have a conventional grip. This is where your thumb is inserted all the way into the ball and your middle and ring fingers are inserted to about the second knuckle. A fingertip grip means the thumb goes all the way into the ball and your middle and ring fingers go in to about the first knuckle (in other words, just the tips).

A conventional grip is good for people who throw a straight ball, for kids, and for bowlers who have a weak grip. If you are learning to hook, consider a fingertip grip.

Visit the BowlerX.com website and shop 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for bowling balls and bowling accessories for men, women and kids. If you need help choosing a bowling ball, call us at 844.269.5379 or contact us online. We would be delighted to help!