Final Post

Throughout this project I have written a lot of post and have shared a lot about my personal bowling. I have shared a lot about my bowling knowledge and have really enjoyed talking about my personal bowling. I think being able to talk about my bowling and share my insight to bowling is really fun. I feel like I know a lot about the game of bowling and being able to express my opinions and share my knowledge is amazing. I haven’t had the opportunity to bowl in awhile but I will be practicing in the summer a lot to get ready for next year.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed that read my post and maybe you learned a few things as well. Everything I have posted during this semester has opened my mind up to becoming a coach. I really enjoy being in the bowling alley and being around bowling. I haven’t enjoyed bowling for myself for a few years so hopefully this summer will turn things around and make bowling more enjoyable. I hope everyone learned something during my semester long posts and I hope that you all can continue and want to learn more about the sport and help grow this sport.

New USBC Rules

The new rules that the USBC have came out with have a very interesting feel for the new bowling world in 2020. They are trying to limit the amount of oil that can absorbed into a ball during testing. Normally a bowling ball that is stronger will absorb oil faster to make the ball last a little longer. They haven’t specified the numbers for the public and I don’t think they will publicizes them just because its more for the companies that produce balls and not so much the consumers.

The big change is static weight and weight holes for bowling balls. In bowling you are allowed 1oz of static weight. Anything higher than 1oz is illegal and normally you would and a weight hole to make it legal. A lot of bowling balls nowadays people are adding holes to make the ball hook even more. The USBC is making that illegal because it changes the integrity of the ball too much. Instead of just 1oz they are changing it to 3oz of side weight/ static weight.

The weight hole for me makes the ball hook earlier depending on the location and it can make my ball hook more. The only thing that doesn’t make sense is that the cover of the ball is most of the reaction and changing the core dynamics will change the motion but not as much. Surface of a ball is 95% of the reaction of a bowling ball. You can drill 4 balls the same way with the same everything but the surface of the ball is different and the ball will react different. The changes will make a huge difference in bowling especially for the 2 handed delivery.

2 handed bowlers are taking over the sport and the amount of power and revolutions they create is just insane. The USBC is trying to limit the amount the oil breaks down within a league or tournament. It is sad that they are trying to limit such gifted players to the sport. 2 handed bowling isn’t easy and it takes a lot of athleticism to be good at that style.

The sport is always evolving but it seems like that the USBC is traveling back in time and trying to make the sport harder. The weights will make a difference for a lot of bowlers but they don’t seem to think it will change. My thinking of the changes is that bowlers will use a lot more surface and stronger equipment a lot longer.

Tune into the next post for more bowling information!

Long, Medium and Short Patterns

Long patterns tend to be around 43 ft – 50 ft

Medium patterns are around 38-42 ft

Short is around 37 ft and shorter

you can use just about any style and type of ball on any pattern it just depends on the layout and surface of the ball. More importantly it all matters on when you try to use this type of ball you’re choosing. Generally like I said in a previous post you would really want to start with something solid on most patterns to start because it will be the most consistent for the longest. The thing that matters the most with bowling balls is surface. For me I tend to use a really low grit on a bowling ball like 500 grit on longer patterns because the ball won’t hook as much so putting it at a lower surface will get it to start earlier. For medium patterns I tend to use a 1000 grit pad on a ball and try to control the pattern as much as I can. If I use urethane on short then I will put at least 500 grit on a ball. If I don’t use urethane my surfaces change depending on the strength of the ball.

Knowing what balls work well on each pattern is the key to success and if something just doesn’t look right being able to adjust your release or even your surface if you can will make you a better bowler. Finding the right surfaces for certain balls is all the battle in bowling. A bowling balls reaction is largely based on what surface you have on a ball. Tune in next week to learn something new about bowling.

Resin vs Urethane

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The bottom picture use to be one of the most popular bowling balls on the market before the day of resin bowling balls. The urethane bowling ball is a lot different than resin. They are both needed in today’s day and age because of different oil patterns. Urethane balls are a little softer and tend to hook a lot sooner than resin balls. Resin bowling balls tend to store more energy and hook a lot more.

Urethane balls work really well when the oil pattern is shorter and lighter volume. The reason you would use this kind of ball is because they will start early and they will be really smooth. If you use a reactive resin ball you will tend to get a lot more violent reaction. Very few people can use urethane on all patterns but when they do it is very risky.

Reactive resin will be good on just about everything and they will be longer and more angular than urethane. You can do a lot of different drilling’s on a resin ball and can make it do a lot of different things. The urethane ball is very one dimensional and it is very hard to make the ball do anything different. Urethane balls use to dominate the scene back in the day but nowadays reactive balls are taking over the market and will continue to dominate the game today.

Solid vs Pearl

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To most people these bowling balls are the same, or will do the same thing. Most people just pick up a house ball and don’t realize that bowling balls are different in many ways. The examples that I have above are 2 different cover stocks on a bowling ball. The Game Breaker 3 is a solid bowling ball and the Verdict Pearl is well a pearl bowling ball. Bowling is a very scientific sport and every little number can make a difference within bowling.

The reason why I wanted to bring this topic up was because people just throw the ball and think that they all do the same and they are all meant to hook. Well that is just not true, solid and pearl bowling balls are very different. Solid bowling balls tend to hook earlier than pearl bowling balls. The reason why you would want this is because when the oil is fresh you want the ball to start sooner that way it gets to the pocket better and more consistent. Pearl bowling balls tend to go longer down the lane and have a sharper turn on the back end. You would want this later in the day when your solid ball is hooking too early. The pearl ball will get down the lane and make it so it doesn’t hook early.

You may ask, well why can’t I throw a solid later in the day or throw pearl on fresh oil? Well solid bowling balls like I said will hook earlier and when people bowl the bowling balls soak up oil and tend to push it farther down the lane. So if there is no oil in the front part of the lane then the ball will hook immediately and in most cases will not strike. The pearl ball needs to see friction to be able to corner down lane and if it doesn’t see that friction then it will not make the right motion down lane. To much oil on the lane can make the ball not react how it’s suppose to. Most bowlers will carry different hook potentials of these 2 types of balls so that way they can throw strong solid stuff at the start and gradually work there way down their arsenal.

Next blog we will be talking about the difference in resin bowling balls and urethane bowling balls and why you need both in your arsenal in today’s game

High School vs College Bowling

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High School bowling is always a difficult time for some bowlers and some schools. Then again some people on my team currently have had amazing success in high school. For my team in high school it was very difficult because me and one other bowler were actually really good and we were consistent. We never made it to states as a team but I made states back to back years for singles. Which was never done at my school so it was a rather lack luster bowling school. High school bowling is almost meant to be fun and people don’t take it seriously because it doesn’t get you anywhere really. College bowling on the other hand is a completely different animal.

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College bowling is just a whole other animal than high school bowling. When I was in high school I was a big fish in such a small pond and when you go to college you are bowling the best from where ever they are from. Depending on where you go to college the team can be the same as your high school but for me it wasn’t even close. Our lowest guy on our team currently would have been pretty good on my high school team. That just goes to show what the depth is in a college program. We are currently ranked 2nd in the nation and we are beating teams that have such a deep program and have had a deep program for years. The 8 best guys on our team are about to go to nationals and go up against the best schools currently bowling in college.

People don’t understand that bowling is actually competitive and people take it very seriously. To be ranked 2nd in the nation and we are a club sport is just insane. Non of us get money to bowl here and we actually pay to be a member of the team. Not many colleges in the rankings are really high that are clubs. Most colleges offer players money to bowl for them and we pay out of our pocket to bowl. ¬†We are a threat to everyone and everyone is now starting to realize that we are a good program with just good bowlers. Like I said in another post before, we don’t have a lot of super well know players that bowl on tour or on jr team usa. Although we do have 1 bowler that is on jr team, some teams are stacked with those kinds of players. The thing that is different from high school to college is that the gel factor plays a big roll in college. In high school you just want the best players always bowling. In college you can be the best bowler in the world but if you aren’t a good teammate then you won’t travel with the best.

everyone has been a big fish in a little pond on our team, but now you are a fish in a pond just like everyone else on our team. We worked really well together and we will continue to be successful in these next few years. Tune into this week where I talk about different types of bowling balls. Whether they are solid or pearl. I will also talk about resin vs urethane in the post after.

Weight Holes and Switch Grip

Above circled in blue is a weight hole and for this particular ball it was going down the lane to far before it wanted to make its motion. Once I added a weight hole it made the ball motion start sooner and was more angular down lane. This ball would stay in my bag frequently and I would rarely take it out just because I couldn’t ever throw it. Once I added the weight hole I really fell in love with the ball and started to like the motion on it.

Weight holes are all based on how a person throws the ball and for me where I have it like I said makes it start a little sooner and has more angle. For some people this would make the ball be calmer on the back end and not have a lot of motion on the back. Weight holes can either make a ball start sooner and have more angle or even make the ball be smoother and have a more consistent reaction.

The other larger hole is called a switch grip, this allows me to remove my thumb from the ball and use it in a different ball. Most pros and amateurs use this system because we want the same feel in every single ball. We get fit for a reason and want to have consistent fits in every ball. Also people with swelling issues like myself have different sized thumbs. Each thumb is the same in the sense of how your thumb fits in but people will have different sizes for when their thumbs swells up. Example would be that I have 4 thumbs that I can interchange at anytime each thumb is fit the same just different sizes. I have a small, medium, large, XL so when my thumb is bigger I use the XL when my thumb is smaller I go smaller. Below is what the mechanism looks like and all you do is screw in the thumb and you can switch it between any balls you would like.