Posted by Tenpin at 11.30 on 28 August 2013
Getting Started with Tenpin Bowling
Like many things, bowling balls come in all shapes
and sizes. OK not shapes, but certainly sizes! They also
vary in weight, and you can have different finger hole sizes
and positions too.
The right combination of speed and accuracy requires that you
have a ball suited to you. So before you whack a custom-made ball
on your Christmas list, read our pointers for sussing out the best
ball for you.
Bowling is about power and accuracy. Too light and you may find
that the ball skews all over the place, spins off-course, or has
too little momentum for a strike. Too heavy and you may find the
ball has a mind of its own: making it harder to control release
angle, and backswing height. Here's a nifty little test you can do
when weighing up your ball of choice.
Hold the ball in front of you with two hands, arms extended.
Keep it there for 5 seconds (or long enough for Robbie to sing the
words "let me entertain you"!). If you can hold it there with a
little exertion, that's the puppy for you. Straining too much? Get
a lighter ball. Too easy? More weight needed (or less
Bowling rules require that the surface of the ball must be free
of depressions or grooves of specific pattern (except for finger
holes, identification letters and numbers). Used balls can chip or
scratch as they wear. Try to find a smooth ball (without chips) for
maximum accuracy. Here at Tenpin, we regularly check the
bowling balls for abrasions so you'll only be playing with the best
The sizes of finger holes are important. Your fingers should
slip into the holes easily so that you don't damage them when you
release the ball. No one wants to find themselves launched down the
alley on their face as their hand gets stuck in the ball now do
You should be able to hold the ball comfortably with your
fingers in the holes (thumb, middle finger and ring finger).
You've taken the first step, young grasshopper, so why not book
your lane now and get on down to Tenpin.
Next blog: Fast bowling!