Article Contents

  • 1. Deflection
  • 2. What weight for what bowler?
  • 3. Returning from injury
  • 4. Ball Weight for Youth Bowlers
  • 5. Summary

By now the new league season is well underway. After Bowl Expo ended in June, ball manufacturers came out with their new equipment for the 2013-2014 season. Many of these new balls were reviewed in the August and September issues of BTM.

There have been a lot of questions posed to me recently about these balls and specifically about ball weights. These questions came from the parents of junior bowlers up through many of our seniors.

  • How do you determine which ball weight is right for a bowler who is just beginning or just returning after a long lay off?
  • What would be the right weight ball for me if I have severe arthritis?
  • Would going down in ball weight hurt my game?
  • I’m just getting back to bowling after retiring and I still have my 40-year old 16 pound ball. It still fits, but really feels heavy. Should I change?
  • I am just returning from back surgery. Should I change weights?

Let’s start with some ball weight basics. Bowling balls are manufactured in weights from 6 pounds to 16 pounds. Most centers have house balls available in all of those weights. House balls are drilled for the masses so it would truly be a miracle if a house ball fit you perfectly.

When using house balls, many bowlers ask me if the weight of the house ball they are using is the weight ball they should buy. I ask if they are comfortable with the weight, if they can control the ball, if it is bothering them at all physically, and if they can maintain their balance at the finish. If there are no negative answers I recommend, as many coaches do, they consider purchasing a ball ...

Jack Schmid

About Jack Schmid

Jack Schmid is a USBC Silver Coach, a Ritger Level II Coach, an Honor Graduate of the Institute of Professional Bowling Instruction, and has been named a BJI Top 100 Coach eight times.