How to Find the Right Bowling Ball

Anyone can play bowling, and if you haven’t tried it before, just drop by AMF and you’ll get an idea of how fun it can be. But your success depends a lot on the type of bowling ball you use. If you’re not sure what to buy, follow these tips.

The 10 Percent Guideline

An ideal bowling ball is 10% of your body weight to a maximum of 16 lbs. So if you’re 150 lbs don’t use an 8 lb ball. The ball must have some weight but not so heavy you have trouble using it.

The 10% guideline is just that, a guideline. If you’re more comfortable with a lighter ball use it. This might be the case if you’re recovering from an arm injury. A lighter bowling ball may also be preferable if you’ve got a condition that makes it hard to lift a heavy bowling ball.

Signs the Bowling Ball is Right for You

Aside from the weight, the finger holes have to feel right. It should not be too large or too small, it has to be right size for your hands. If the holes don’t fit it will affect your game.

The bowling ball should have enough space between the ball and the hand you can put a pencil under your palm. Do not grip the ball too tight and do not over stretch your hand. You’re holding it right if a pencil just lightly grazes the ball and your palm.

Tips for Choosing a Bowling Ball

Plastic overstock on bowling balls is ideal if you’re on a budget, straight budget and beginners. They’re also inexpensive and is great for learning the ropes. You can always upgrade and get a better bowling ball later.

If you’re working on your hook shot, get a bowling ball that has urethane overstock. They are oil resistant and offer better friction than those with a plastic overstock. While more powerful it is more suited for intermediate and advanced bowlers.

If you’re looking for the best type of bowling ball, look for one with reactive resin. It is more expensive than the others, great for hook shots and offers a greater chance of striking that pocket.


Even if you’re a good bowler, it still comes down to the type of bowling ball you use.  By following these tips you’ll be on your way to playing like a pro.

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