considering a urethane bowling ball? check out our top 7 urethane bowling ball picks in 2022
*Updated February 03, 2022
Many years ago, urethane bowling balls were all that bowlers ever threw, that was, before the industry introduced reactive resin bowling balls. Urethane provides a smoother, more consistent reaction, and is a step up from an entry level plastic bowling ball.
Over the last few years though, urethane bowling balls have made a strong comeback. This is due to their ability to control ball reaction demanding lane patterns.
This article will highlight our top 7 urethane bowling ball picks for 2022.
1 - Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane Bowling Ball
The core and cover materials are all the same, as is the reaction.The one difference you’ll notice is that we now offer the Purple Pearl Urethane in 12 and 13 pounds.
FCC Rating (14.5) The overall strength of the Purple Urethane is perfect for medium to light oil patterns. This throwback will really excel on shorter oil patterns. FINISH (9) The 500/1000/2000 AbralonTM finish
CORE (2) Our new LED core design is a modern version of the traditional light bulb shape that was so popular back in the day.
COVER (3.5) Our Urethane cover is the main ingredient in this masterpiece. Unlike modern covers that produce a violent reaction at the breakpoint, this proven staple is all about giving the user ultimate control of the entire lane. Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane The immediate success of our real, thick shelled Black Urethane had our fans begging for more! To satisfy their desires, we have developed the perfect pearlized, thick shelled coverstock to compliment the Black Urethane. Old school technology with new school hitting power. Because nothing hits like a Hammer.
2 - Storm Pitch Black Bowling Ball
Storm has created the Pitch Black, a solid urethane ball, for their Thunder Line. This ball is intended to provide control on lighter and shorter oil conditions. The Capacitor core gives this ball a straighter but strong delivery.
-Coverstock: Controll Solid Urethane
-Weight Block: Capacitor Core
-Factory Finish: 1000-grit Pad
-Ball Color: Pitch Black
-RG:2.57 (for 15# ball)
-Diff:0.022 (for 15# ball)
-Recommended Lane Condition: Light Oil
3 - Hammer Black Widow Purple Pearl Urethane Bowling Ball
The best urethane cover since the 80’s wrapped around the best core of our generation is sure to make for a special ball motion!
Our Urethane cover is the main ingredient in this masterpiece. Unlike modern covers that produce a violent reaction at the breakpoint, this proven staple is all about giving the user ultimate control of the entire lane. Hammer Purple Pearl Urethane The immediate success of our real, thick shelled Black Urethane had our fans begging for more! To satisfy their desires, we have developed the perfect pearlized, thick shelled coverstock to compliment the Black Urethane.
Old school technology with new school hitting power. Because nothing hits like a Hammer.
4 - Hammer Black Solid Urethane Overseas Bowling Ball
There isn’t a person on this planet that will argue against the fact that Hammer made the best urethane bowling balls back in the day. There is no doubt in our minds bowlers looking for the ball reaction that dominated the 80’s and early 90’s will find it in our new Black Urethane! This is ball is 100% real urethane and offers that true urethane reaction. 15# and 16# balls feature a thick shell. 14# balls use an outer core system.
5 - Motiv Tank Blue Urethane Bowling Ball
The Motiv Tank Blue Urethane Bowling Ball does not have a release date at the moment. We will update as soon as the info has been released.
The Tank series changed forever with the introduction of Microcell Polymer technology. While Microcell Polymer (MCP) is now recognized as the solution for the ball motion gap between reactive resin and urethane, MCP does not replace urethane completely.With that in mind, MOTIV® has been in pursuit of a truly special urethane cover stock that provides adequate traction on modern lane surfaces conditioned with the high volume, high viscosity oil patterns competitive bowlers see so regularly.
6 - Hammer Black Widow Urethane Pink Pearl Bowling Ball
The Pink Pearl was extremely popular as a reactive Black Widow, and we expect it to kill since it now uses the Purple Pearl Urethane cover formulation. The Black Widow core makes it an excellent choice for bowlers who didn’t see enough hook from the Purple Pearl Urethane. Also just like the Purple, every competitive bowler will have to have this ball in their arsenal.
COLOR: Pink Pearl
CORE: Gas Mask
COVERSTOCK: Urethane Pearl
COVER TYPE: Pearl Urethane
FINISH: 360, 800 Siaair Micro Pad
WEIGHTS: 16-12 Pounds
LANE CONDITION: Medium oil
REACTION: Strong arc
WARRANTY: Two years from purchase date
7 - Roto Grip Rubicon UC3 Bowling Ball
The Rubicon™ UC3 (Ultimate Concept 3) takes Tour Level performance to a whole new level. We first focused on core specifics and decided that the mildly asymmetric Rondure™ Core was the ideal core shape in order to generate adequate flare.
From there we engineered the Tour-ethane™ Pearl coverstock to maximize performance and control on those higher friction patterns and lane surfaces. This core and urethane cover combination changes the game!
Coverstock: Tour-ethane Pearl
Weight Block: Rondure Core (Asymmetrical)
Color: Platinum Pearl
Factory Finish: 1000-grit Abralon
Flare Potential: High
Condition: Light/Medium Oil
Radius of Gyration (RG) 15lbs – 2.49
Differential (Diff) 15lbs – 0.052
Intermediate Differential (Diff): 0.011
honorable mention - Radical Double Cross Bowling Ball
New from Radical Bowling, they introduce their first ever Urethane bowling ball, the Double Cross available January 28, 2022.
The Double Cross is Radical’s first-ever urethane introduction. The Double Cross features a new core specifically designed to produce unprecedented urethane performance, with an RG of 2.528 and a total differential of 0.035; the differential is higher than any urethane ball currently on the market.
COLOR: Black Pearl
CORE: Symmetric (DynamiCore)
COVERSTOCK: U73 Pearl
COVER TYPE: Pearl Urethane
FINISH: 500, 1500 Siaair Micro Pad
WEIGHTS: 16-12 lbs.
WARRANTY: Two years from purchase date
Which one is your favorite? Are you planning on adding any of these new high performance bowling balls to your bag in 2022? Leave a comment below!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY SHOULD I BUY AN URETHANE BOWLING BALL?
You should buy Urethane Bowling Ball because it provides better surface friction than plastic bowling balls. This provides a wider dynamic range of control and power over the ball. Urethane Bowling Balls are known for their consistency on demanding lane patterns.
WHAT KIND OF LANE CONDITIONS IS URETHANE BOWLING BALL GOOD FOR?
Urethane Bowling Balls are ideal for dry to medium lanes. On medium to oily lane patterns, urethane bowling balls may not provide as much reaction as a reactive resin bowling ball.