Choosing The Right Bowling Balls To Build An Arsenal By MDM Bowling Coaching

Creating A Bowling Bag With A Variety Of Bowling Balls For Different Conditions

When you are getting ready to invest more time in to bowling, equipment becomes a very important part of your game. Having a set of bowling balls in your bag that are designed to do different things for different conditions is known as an arsenal. Every bowling ball in the world does something different. And, on top of the different ball characteristics, drilling patterns can affect how they roll on the lane. I feel confident that going to any bowling tournament with my current 6 ball arsenal (pictured) will help me bowl to the best of my ability on any shot that is given.

You Need Different Strength Bowling Balls To Create Different Shapes

My arsenal is pictured from strongest to weakest from the top left to bottom right, like reading a book.  Your arsenal of bowling balls need to have different purposes, so you can quickly grab a ball and make the correct adjustment. Your arsenal needs to be a variety, so when the pattern calls for hook in a certain part of the lane you can give yourself a chance to score well.

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My Strongest Bowling Balls In My Arsenal (Earliest Hooking)

I have two balls that are very strong (Hammer Statement Solid and Black Widow Pink). The Statement Solid is the strongest ball in my bag. That means it hooks the earliest and gives me a lot of control when the lanes are freshly oiled. The Pink Widow is drilled very differently – it’s a very weak pin to PAP with a strong mass bias location, which basically means when the Statement starts hooking too early, I can start throwing the Pink Widow and it will start up early on the lane but it will be more continuous than the statement solid.

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My Benchmark Bowling Balls ( First Bowling Balls Out Of My Bag)

Going from there, I do have two bowling balls that are same but drilled differently from each other. The Hammer Web is what I consider a “benchmark” bowling ball. It is a very strong symmetrical ball. That means it hooks early but is on the smoother side. The pin up Web is a type of a ball that I can start moving left with when the lanes start breaking down and my two asymmetrical balls aren’t working anymore. Pin up drilled balls will hook and come off the break point harder, giving me a little more angle on the back end. The pin down Web is a ball I use in situations where moving left is a not a good option and I want to stay in the same part of the lane that I threw my asymmetrical balls. It gives me a slower response off the breakpoint, making it more controllable.

Weakest Bowling Balls In My Arsenal

The last 2 balls are my drier lane balls. The Web Tour Edition is a very unique ball. It has a very low differential core and an extremely strong coverstock. A combination like that makes the ball roll very early but it doesn’t change direction very much. It’s a smooth rolling ball for when the lanes get drier. My last ball is the new Hammer Orange Vibe that will be coming out soon. The Vibe series has been around a long time and is designed for drier conditions. It gives good length through the front part of the lanes with good back end, so it’s still controllable. So when the lanes are really dry and I need to hook it a lot, this ball retains the most energy for it to hook the most on the back part of the lanes. Not pictured but also recommended is a plastic ball that I use for spares regardless of the lane conditions.

Disclaimer: these bowling balls work well for me based on how I throw it, my axis point, and PAP. There are a multitude of bowling balls for everyone’s unique bowling style. To build your game, you need a consult a qualified pro shop operator who gets your axis point, helps you understand bowling better, and can set up an arsenal specifically for you. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart #teamebi #nothinghitslikeahammer

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