Bowling Ball Hierarchy

Bowling Ball Hierarchy


The bowling ball hierarchy should be kept simple and apply directly to the bowlers skill and ability. I know we see all these balls with pretty colors going down the lane, but a bowler should choose a ball that is right for their game at that particular time. If you’re just starting out, we want you to have a good time and look good.



A plastic ball for a straight delivery while developing your physical game will help you become consistent with rolling the ball down the lane and hitting pins while allowing you to focus on the basic fundamentals instead of a big hook.

Intermediate bowlers use a urethane ball for a slight controlled hooking motion once they have mastered a solid foundation of their physical game. A urethane ball will allow you to start making small moves on the lane to adjust to the lane condition, but still give you limited hook potential.

It’s once you have mastered the foundation, consistency and moves, that the Advanced bowlers use a resin ball for a larger hook motion and to bowl on multiple lane conditions. This will allow a bowler to move up to the elite level where they will experience new ways of adjusting to conditions, learn a solid sparing system and get that 200 average.



The bowling ball hierarchy:


  • Plastic balls go the straightest and are great for shooting spares and the beginning bowler.
  • Urethane balls have a slight controlled hooking motion good for short distance or low volume lane conditions.
  • Reactive Resin balls have the strongest hook motion and are used mostly for the first ball (or strike ball) delivery. The more advanced a player, the more options there are in the reactive resin ball category.