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About Columbia 300
Columbia Industries manufactured and sold bowling balls and bowling-related accessories. Their most notable brand, Columbia 300, produced some of the most well-known balls in the sport.
Beginning in 1960 in Ephrata, Washington (near the Columbia River), Columbia Industries was the first manufacturer to successfully use polyester resin (“plastic”) in bowling balls. Prior to this, nearly all bowling balls were made of a hard rubber material. The company later moved to San Antonio, Texas.
Today, all of Columbia’s brands are manufactured by parent company Ebonite International, located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, including Hammer, Track, and Columbia 300 bowling balls.
Buying Your First Bowling Ball?
With so many choices available, buying your first bowling ball can be overwhelming. Focus on ball type, weight and grip.
Bowlers either throw the ball straight or throw a hook. All professional bowlers throw the ball with some sort of hook because it provides the best chance of carry (knocking down all of the pins).
When you get serious about bowling, you will undoubtedly learn to throw a hook. If you plan to compete at a high level, we recommend starting out with an entry level reactive ball. Its coverstock (the ball’s outer surface) is designed to grip the lane and will help you learn to 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.
Once you’ve selected the perfect ball, you will need to find the right weight. Bowling balls weigh from 6 to 16 pounds. The lighter balls are generally 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 alley to see which weight feels most comfortable. However, since bowling balls that are drilled specifically for your hand and fingers will feel about two pounds lighter than a house ball, add one or two pounds to the house ball’s weight and buy that weight.
Now choose between a conventional grip or a fingertip grip.
Most house balls have a conventional drip. This is where your thumb is inserted all the way into the ball and your middle and ring finger 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 finger go in to about the first knuckle (in other words, just the tips).
Conventional grip is good for kids, for bowlers who have a weak grip, and for people who throw a straight ball. If you are learning to hook, you may want to consider a fingertip grip.
Whether you are looking for great deals on Columbia 300 balls, or have questions about bowling balls or equipment, BowlerX.com can help. We encourage you to call us at 844.269.5379 or contact us online.