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How to Buy a Bowling Ball Made Easy — 18 Comments

  1. Hello, Thank you so much for your very informative article. I have a six year old nephew with Down syndrome that loves to bowl. I would like to give him his own bowling ball. I gather he would use solid plastic. Since he uses a ramp, I think an 8lb ball would be better, right? Probably a dumb question, but where/how do we get the finger holes drilled? Any other advice? Thank you!

    • Hi Martin,
      You are welcome. I am glad you found the guide useful. Please feel free to tell others about my guide.
      I know when looking for a ball, I try to get all the information I can.I did not know of anyone giving a good rundown on all the balls available, so I felt it might be a good idea for others to have some information.
      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  2. Wow! So much great info here on choosing a bowling ball. I had no idea it was such a science. I like to bowl from time to time, but I only ever hire the equipment and always struggle with the right ball. It seems to take me at least one whole game before I feel I have found the right ball, but I seem to fatigue quite easily into the second game where my fingers are getting sore and I am breaking nails. I am pretty sure my technique is awful, do you have any tips for someone who is just a casual bowler when it comes to basic technique of bowling in order to reduce fatigue? Eg should I be focussing more on a slow gentle bowl to improve arm swing and angle of the ball when I let it go?

    • Hi Liz,

      Thanks for the kind words! When you use the house balls and rent shoes it is much harder and not very comfortable. If you ever do buy your own ball and shoes, you will have an easier time. Here is a good article for you Hook Bowling and Getting Started. This article will help explain things for you when you are starting out.

      Well, bowling isn’t the best thing for long fingernails, I have to keep mine trimmed fairly short to bowl. If you don’t bowl regularly, you will feel a little tired after a game or two. You may be trying to help the ball to much, Just let the ball fall naturally from the back swing, let gravity do the work! You won’t get so tired! 

      Hope that helps! 

      Thanks for stopping by,


  3. So thorough! It’s been a while since I’ve been to the lanes. I have been looking into getting back to it, although I’m no longer on the league. I’m definitely in the market for another ball. This is a very helpful guide! What can happen if you get a ball that’s too light? I’d like to prevent any pain to my back

  4. I am very pleased about this bowling ball game, I think this article cover all information needed. I really appreciate the tips that are given, and prices, well as a beginner I will leave my eyes open. The question is that: all countries are covered? Can I find this PowerBall in South Africa?

    • Hi Sanele,

      I take it this is a new experience for you? This article will help you choose a ball, but you will find more information about bowling for beginners in my article Hook Bowling and Getting Started.

      If you purchase the ball online, you might as the fellows at The #1 Online Store about shipping to South Africa? I can’t say one way or the other? You will have to ask them.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  5. Very informative article. I hope to one day take up bowling again. If I do, this will help. I had no idea there were so many differences in balls. I thought the only difference was the weight. Now I know how the pros get the ball to hook so much. I just thought they had a great deal of wrist action. I also didn’t know a bowler could use more than one ball in a game. Maybe I was too much golf. 🙂

    • Hi Rick,

      I am glad you liked the article. You may find the number of balls available today is phenomenal. Most are targeted to the league bowler or tournament player.

      When you are first starting back, I would just start with a low end ball, around $80. Bowl a year, then decide what you might want to try in the higher priced balls. 

      The pros have every ball they could want at their disposal. I knew a friend that bowled out on the tour, and it was nothing to have 5 or more of the same ball drilled 5 different ways! If you are sponsored, they don’t cost you!

      So, the pros have a ball for every condition, and yes, they know that the hook improves your chances for scoring!

      Now golf, I don’t do well! 

      Thanks for stopping by,


  6. Great article, I never really knew where to start always getting it wrong when I go bowling. Some bowling balls I like for the finger size holes but may not be the best weight for me.

    This guide makes it easier to break it down to find the perfect bowling ball of my own. I have always wanted to be able to take my own and not spend most of the game play working out which ball is best from the rack.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Dianne,

      Thank you!  When you decide to buy your own bowling ball, the fingers are fitted exactly for you, and what a world of difference it makes! It improves accuracy, and just makes scoring so much easier. People usually buy shoes at the same time, and they help as well. The rental shoes are always slippery on the lanes and not real comfortable.

      Unless you are going to join a league and bowl regularly every week, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy your own ball and shoes. But if you decide to bowl often, then the proper fit helps.

      You can read my article for beginners Hook Bowling and Getting Started. It may help .

      Thanks for stopping by

  7. You have no idea how grateful I am for this guide. I’m a beginner, but very curious and excited to start bowling, and yes, you are right, it is indeed very overwhelming when it comes to choosing for the perfect ball.

    I’m pretty sure many newbies like me are extremely grateful we found this site and this post in particular. Definitely going to keep checking on this site!

    • Hi Isaac,

      Thanks Isaac, glad it was helpful! Today, there are so many different balls available, it can be overwhelming for sure. When you first start out, it is more about learning the game, and how to target the pins. So, a bowler like yourself should look at the lower end balls, that have controlled amounts of hooking power.

      I think you should also read my article for beginners Hook Bowling and Getting Started. It will help to sort thing out a bit.Good luck with your bowling!

      Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment!


  8. My brother’s birthday is coming and he has been playing it for a couple of years now and I can say he is an intermediate bowler. After reading this, I should go with Reactive Bowling Balls, right? My budget is around 100 dollars so can you recommend one which is around $100?

    • Hi Furkan,

       I like the Roto grip Hustle Ink..selling for $89 now http://shrsl.com/xvv1….It is a solid and it is doing ok on the local alleys….medium oil. but, if he is bowling on dry lanes or throws his ball slow…then it may be too strong. Also you must know the weight of ball he is using,then you could buy it and let him get it drilled to his specs. He might like the Hybrid Ink if he doesn’t want a srtong hook. both balls compare very close, the main difference is the Ink has 3″ of flare(sharp hook) while the hybrid is a low flare. http://shrsl.com/xvvw


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