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A Guide to Buying Your First Bowling Ball May 20, 2019

Flushing, Queens
A Guide to Buying Your First Bowling Ball, Queens, New York

By purchasing your own bowling ball, you can customize your experience and have more control over your game. You might even improve your scores in your bowling league. However, choosing one can be tricky. This guide will break down the main elements to consider when picking a ball. 

What to Consider When Buying a Bowling Ball

Ball Type

While each bowling ball may seem similar, there are different varieties available. If you are just getting started in a bowling league or are simply playing for fun, get a polyester ball. These products are inexpensive and ideal for throwing a straight shot.

bowling leagueMore advanced bowlers may want to invest in a performance ball, which is useful for throwing hooked shots. However, if you aren’t bowling professionally, buy an introductory performance ball, as more advanced options can be on the expensive side. 


Generally, a bowling ball should be light enough to comfortably throw it, but also heavy enough to gain force and effectively knock down the pins. Even if you think you know which weight you need, try out a few different weights the next time you bowl to be sure.


The ball’s grip is another essential element that can make or break your bowling game. If you have been using the options at a typical bowling center, you are likely accustomed to a conventional grip in which you place your middle and ring fingers into the ball, and the grip stops at the second knuckle. You then place your thumb in the back hole. However, you can also choose a fingertip option to provide more lift. To do this, you’ll need to use inserts, which are plugs that you can put in the finger holes. 


Are you interested in taking your game to the next level? Whether you need time to practice, looking for lessons from a USBC Silver Certified Coach or wish to join a bowling league, Whitestone Lanes can provide a quality experience. Located in Queens, NY, this bowling center has been a community staple for over 50 years. To learn more about their bowling leagues, visit them online or call (718) 353-6300 today. Follow them on Facebook for more tips.

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