An examination and discussion on technology's impact in the sport of bowling.

The United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications team spent more than two years doing in-depth research, specifically looking at bowling balls and their effect on the bowling environment.

Why? In a world that is constantly advancing and changing, USBC and bowling are no different. The bowling ball, and its position in the hand of a bowler and its contact with the lane, is something USBC always will need to research. The manufacturers do their job in continuing to deliver products to make the sport easier for the bowler, and the bowlers also continue to evolve in incredible ways.

So, as the National Governing Body for the sport of bowling, USBC constantly needs to measure the effects on the sport of every variable.

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A look at the Bowling Technology Study through a series of six videos.

SECTION I: A Brief Examination of Technology in Bowling

SECTION II: A Study of RG and Differential RG 

SECTION III: The Impact of Balance Holes

SECTION IV: Bowling Ball Oil Absorption Study

SECTION V: League Simulation Study

SECTION VI - IX: Polls, Surveys, Focus Groups and Summary Conclusion

The USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team spent more than two years doing in-depth research on bowling balls to determine the impact of ongoing technological advancements on the sport’s environment. USBC also discussed bowling technology with several groups involved in bowling through surveys and group discussions.




An independent research company was engaged by USBC to conduct an independent, objective, and research-based analysis of the effects of technology in bowling with USBC members, pro shop operators and bowling proprietors.

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