Preparing yourself and your equipment for an out-of-town tournament is not as simple as it sounds. Even though you grab your six favorite bowling balls, they just might not match up correctly with the conditions you are about to bowl on. Having a “Plan B” for the surface of your bowling equipment can make all the difference in how you place in the tournament.
We previously talked about different dual angle ball drillings. Now let’s talk about matching up a given ball with a specific oil pattern.
There are probably half a dozen different styles of weight blocks on the market, starting with the pancake weight block which has very little or no track flare. Then, on to what we consider the mild flaring weight block which has a low differential rating (often times a pancake weight block) with a little flip block in the bottom of the ball. And so on through the scale of higher differentials come the medium-differential bowling balls, then onto the high differential of bowling balls as well as the asymmetrical medium and high differential weight blocks.
By: Bette Addington
Most committed league bowlers bowl with their bowling ball for several years and then they get the bug to buy a new ball. Recent years have shown an increase in the selection with not only a brand offering a large line, but there have been a lot of new brands spark up. You definitely can’t say you don’t have a variety to choose from!
And while league bowlers who also like to enter tournaments will usually carry anywhere from two to six balls in their arsenal when they come to bowl league, there are those league bowlers who just bowl in leagues and usually carry only one, maybe two balls, to bowl with each week.
More new theories, more new ideas from the ball manufactures—is everybody ready?
Dual Angle Drillings just one of the many new theories coming from the ball manufactures. Although the different ball manufactures vary in their ideas of how this dual angle layout works, each company seems to be heading towards these kinds of layouts for the higher-average players looking for precise ball reaction. Disputed by many of the ball manufactures is the fact that different RG and differential numbers greatly affect from one ball to another how they react even having the same dual angle layout?
The Competitive Bowler, and dealing with the competitive bowlers who are sometimes way over the top when it comes to just plain old league bowling. Whether it’s your teammate, or a competitive bowler on the other team you are bowling against, sometimes it can be very annoying when they just don’t get it and only want to win at any cost!
Bowling, like any other sport, can also be very competitive, but there is a thing called good sportsmanship and every team captain should make sure that the players on their team at least understand the theory of good sportsmanship. Enforcing it, well that’s another story.