The Basic Construction of a Bowling Ball

Basic Bowling Ball Construction

First bowling balls have evolved a lot over the years. In fact there is a lot of history behind them. But, I will be mainly explaining the newer reactive bowling ball of today…

First there are 2 main parts of today’s bowling balls…
1. The core
2. The cover stock 

Both the core and cover stock can be made out a number of different materials…

First there are 2 main parts of today’s bowling balls…
1. The core
2. The cover stock

Both the core and cover stock can be made out a number of different materials…

The Reactive Bowling Ball Coverstock…
Today’s high performance bowling balls are usually made out of a reactive urethane material with additives in it to help it grab the lane. This additive can be anything from bits of rubber to bits of glass. They are sometimes called particles. bowling ball manufactures are always experimenting with different materials and additives.

The Core of a bowling ball…
Today’s bowling balls use 3 main core types…
1. The 3 piece pancake design. This is usually used in your lower priced and introductory bowling balls and can use polyester or reactive resin type cover stocks.
2. The 2 piece symmetrical design. This type of core was very popular in the mid 1980’s and still is very common in a lot of bowling balls today. This type of core is even on all its sides and usually has a smoother reaction on the lanes. In other words this core design will have a longer and more even transition when it is rolled down the bowling lane.
3. The 2 piece asymmetrical design. This type of core is not even on all its sides and a high end type design which a lot of science is involved and is newer technology. This core gives the ball driller the ability to fine tune the drilling of the ball to fit the bowlers style,.

In conclusion, the construction of today’s bowling ball use a cover stock that is usually made out of a reactive urethane material or polyester and there are 3 main types of core designs a 3 piece, 2 piece symmetrical and a 2 piece asymmetrical..

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