DON’T THROW PLASTIC AS A STRIKE BALL!!!
By Michael Cousins
I’m begging you.
It’s not the answer. I promise. You might think it is, but it’s not. Ever.
I have bowled a lot in my lifetime. On a lot of difficult patterns, on a lot of surfaces, with a lot of different balls. I’ve never once felt I needed plastic. And I never did.
I understand why some of the two-handers throw plastic on shorter patterns. I get it. It makes sense. For them.
But I highly doubt the same goes for you on your Tuesday night mixed league.
There are balls out there that will match up and perform much better than your spare ball when the lanes get drier. I promise. Plastic is literally the least optimal option.
There will be less margin for error, worse pin carry, and you’ll only mess up the lanes for your teammates — as plastic changes the lane in a way that is totally opposite than your typical reactive resin bowling ball.
Far too often, I’m seeing league bowlers going to plastic to combat what they consider “dry” lanes. Rather than continuing to do that, I’d suggest you work on moving left, firming up your ball speed, or drill a ball that is designed to help you as the lanes dry out — because I can assure you that your spare ball isn’t that ball.
It just isn’t.
And it never will be.
Tell me, please, when was the last time you seen someone light them up with a plastic ball?
Who was the last person you seen throw plastic and think “wow, I have to have that look.”
It just doesn’t happen. And the reasons for that are obvious.
So don’t be that person. Educate yourself, work on your game, and I promise you you’ll be better for it and your scores will be better, as well.