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Asymmetrical vs Symmetrical Bowling Balls — 16 Comments

  1. These comments are nice for average bowlers to hear. It is always good to increase your bowling ball science. However, repeatability is the most important shot in bowling. Once you can master hitting your marks or throwing a desired shape on a shot, really that’s when the game starts. Bowlers under 180 are money ahead to spend their money on practice rather worrying about symmetrical or asymmetrical equipment. Get good medium stuff and learn how to do a lot of things with it. Mostly learn how to groove a shot. Complaining about somebody not telling you about this or that will develop you into a better complainer. Once you are good enough to throw the good stuff, you will know what the good stuff is. It takes time…great bowlers aren’t born, they are well practiced ! Belmo could probably beat us with a house ball…

    • Hi West Coast PDW,(Pete?)
      Well, maybe it is because I used to bowl around 205, then I got old! I liked learning about the different reactions of the different cores. In fact I was told by a pretty good bowler that watched me bowl. He said I didn’t need the extra motion of the asymmetrical core, I was accurate enough to go with the smoother symmetrical ball.

      We both agreed it was easier to control the Symmetrical ball when our “House Shot” got used up later into the league. I love my Idol, it is symmetrical and smooth as butter. When I bring out the asymmetrical ball I struggle with adjusting to give it room when it starts running on the back ends. I have found it way better to use the symmetrical ball. It is so much smoother on our house shot, I just move a board and I am good I guess it’s a matter of choice?
      Belmo,Is amazing! BTW, I hope you read my article I did on “Bowling with a Glove” :-)!!

  2. Hi Benji,
    This information would likely not help the beginner bowler. Asymmetric vs Symmetrical bowling balls is for the more seasoned hook bowler who is looking to fine tune his game. Arcades and house balls found in bowling alleys are most likely just a solid plastic ball without any core. These are plastic or polyester ball. They are the cheapest to buy and arcades and Bowling Alleys would not want to invest any more than necessary. They know these balls will take a lot of abuse. And they are made of a harder material making them more durable.You can find the description of polyester balls here https://getmorehook.com/how-to-buy-a-bowling-ball-made-easy/ I hope I answered your question. Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment!

  3. I learn bowling from my cousin. We go bowling once a month. We never know there are Asymmetrical and Symmetrical bowling balls. The salesperson in the store never mentioned to us at all.

    Thank you for the information. When we decide to buy a new bowling ball, we will look out for this features.

    • Hi Christine,

      When you only bowl once a month, you would not be expected to know details like Asymmetrical vs Symmetrical bowling balls. This is really for the more experienced bowler who is trying to tweek his game a little.

      To find out more go here How to Buy A Bowling Ball Made Easy You will find out more information on different bowling balls. That will help a lot when you decide to buy a ball.

      Thanks for leaving a comment,


  4. I really enjoyed your article. Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge on this subject. I have never heard of either one and I now feel more confident in being able to choose a bowling ball .You have a lot of useful information in this article. It was laid out nicely. The video was also very helpful.

  5. This is a great read and easy to follow, I never knew the difference between Asymmetrical and Symmetrical Bowling Balls before – now I do! The video is super and it definitely outlines the difference in clear detail. One question if that is ok –what does the price level differ on the Asymmetrical versus the Symmetrical? thanks if you get the time to reply

    • Hi David,
      Glad you found the article easy to follow. The ball quality determines the price level.If a bowler is a beginner and is purchasing an entry level ball, it will cost less than a high performance ball and experienced bowler would buy. The experienced bowler, will choose whether he wants an Asymmetrical vs Symmetrical bowling ball. The cost would be in the same range of high performance balls. You can get both in entry level balls also. Thanks for your great question, David
      Happy bowling,

  6. Wow, this opened up a whole new world of research to me! I had no idea that there was so much to bowling balls. That’s incredible. 

    Of the two types; asymmetrical and symmetrical, what type are the regular bowling balls that we see at most arcades and bowling alleys? Is the difference too subtle for a layman to notice?

    Thanks again for this!

    • Hi Bob,
      I wouldn’t think so? But, I have had balls that feel heavier than others even when they are the same weight. But, I can’t say it is only because it is the Asymmetrical ball core. I generally don’t feel a difference between the balls when I pick them up, regardless.
      That being said, as I get older I am noticing arthritis more,so I have been pitching my finger holes 1/2in forward for more comfort.I would talk to the guys in the pro shop, see what they think.

  7. Very good explanation! None of my pro shop drillers never explained that too me!! This is kinda of a must know, when buying some these high end balls!

  8. Very very enlightening man. Been bowling my whole adult life and really had no idea on the core factor. I always thought it was all about the finish. Thanks!!

    • Hi Mike,
      Glad you liked it. Those cores can make a real difference. But, don’t completely count out the cover stock either.Nowadays the cover stock is very high tech, and they sometimes can mask the action of the core. I still like the symmetrical cores for their smoothness. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is appreciated!

  9. Hi, Chas! This is an interesting thing to think about. I never thought about the core of a bowling ball… I just figured they were some kind of injection molded chunk of epoxy. I haven’t thought about the finger holes making a difference either. It all makes sense though.

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