Bowling Technology Study



Technology advancements in the bowling ball, the lanes, and oil conditions have made an impact on the sport during the last several decades, and recent studies by the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications team has shown the interaction of these factors are progressively growing out of balance, creating an integrity risk for the sport.

Following three years of research on how technology has affected the sport of bowling, the USBC Equipment and Specifications Committee established new specifications designed to sustain the playing field both currently and in the future.

The new specifications were announced at the 2018 USBC Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Click HERE for a summary of the bowling ball specification changes.

Click HERE to read about the conclusion of the research and for the specifications updates.

Click HERE for the news release announcing the new specifications for bowling balls.

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the new specifications.

Click HERE for the for the full Bowling Technology Study released in February 2018.

Click HERE to learn about the recent research related to balance holes and static weights.

Click HERE for a copy of the equipment specifications pro shop presentation on the Bowling Technology Summary Findings.

Click HERE to see the drilling hole specification announced in June 2019.  

A video examining the latest research and the new specifications:



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.

Click here to read the survey results (PDF)