Bowling Ball Motion Articles
Bowling ball motion is an incredibly fascinating and complex topic. There are so many factors that contribute to how your ball behaves on its trip from the foul line to the pins that it can be mind boggling to keep it all straight!
Bowlers who take the time to study the intricacies of ball motion absolutely, without any question at all, have an advantage over their less educated counterparts in today's modern game. Ball motion knowledge can help you make better lane play decisions that will help you maximize your scoring potential. It's one of our sports "soft skills," if you will.
Do you understand how your delivery style contributes to your ball's behavior? If you increase your rev rate, for example, do you know how and why that affects your ball's motion? Do you understand how bowling ball surface adjustments will affect your ball's motion? Do you understand the basics of how different oil patterns favor different types of ball motion shapes?
These are just a few of the topics that our contributors regularly focus on. Study their articles and apply their knowledge to your game so the next time you're confronted with a tough ball motion situation in your next tournament, you'll be better equipped to make the right decision!
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Featured Bowling Ball Motion Articles
An Introduction to Axis Rotation and Axis Tilt
What they are, how to measure them, and how (and why) they affect your ball's motion
Almost every day, I feel like I see or hear something that is completely incorrect about axis rotation or axis tilt. Sometimes, people just mix up the two terms and say "tilt" when they should have said "rotation." Other times,...
Life After Balance Holes
A guide to filling the void
If you've been paying any attention at all over the last couple of months, you're likely already aware of the recent USBC rule modifications affecting how bowling balls can be drilled. Just to recap, here are the relevant changes1: Balance...
The Effect of Static Imbalance on Bowling Ball Performance
Living in a 3 ounce world
As many of you are likely already aware, the USBC recently announced that they will be implementing some new equipment specifications rule changes in the very near future that will affect how bowling balls can be drilled. You can read...
The Layout Effect: Myth or Magic?
Understanding layouts, pin placements, and response to friction
In our travels, it appears more and more that there is an underlying confusion as to how much effect layouts truly have on ball reaction. In visiting numerous pro shops, bowling forums, and informational websites, it is apparent that bowlers...
Some Random Thoughts on Pin Carry
Pin carry is an important topic to bowlers. Whether or not all the pins fall consistently on pocket shots can have a huge impact on a bowler's scoring pace. A couple of corner pins left at the wrong time can...
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