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


In this recurring feature, I’ll be answering questions from Bowling This Month readers, or questions I’ve received from bowlers I work with, that might not require the depth of a full-length article, but that can definitely benefit more than just...

Understanding their influence to make better ball choices


In today’s game, almost every bowling ball has some kind of dynamic core. Even polyester balls aren’t left out, as we’ve seen several examples of asymmetrical cores inside these coverstocks. What’s more, we often see coverstocks reused by companies around...

Which Ball to throw and when Header

Probably some of the most common questions that coaches receive are about when to make a ball change and how to know which ball to use at any given time. Once you’ve expanded your bowling bag to more than two...

Keeping it Simple Ball Surface Header

Today, we are going to cover (pun intended) the surface of the bowling ball. Coverstock design, preparation, and management are the three areas we will be exploring, with a focus on maintaining the life and reaction of the bowling ball....

What you should know before your first shot


Bowling centers around the world all have lanes that are 60 feet long and 39 boards wide with 10 pins standing at the end, but what many people don’t realize is that every bowling center also has certain unique characteristics....

Bowling Ball Motion Article Directory

The table below lists all of our bowling ball motion articles.

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
Coach, I've Got a Question! - May 2022
Core Versus Cover
Which Ball to Throw and When
Keeping It Simple: Ball Surface
The Face of a Center
Bowling's Golden Rules - Part 2
Tips for the Weekend Warrior - Part 1
A Guide to Managing Ball Surface
An Introduction to Axis Rotation and Axis Tilt
Life After Balance Holes
The Effect of Static Imbalance on Bowling Ball Performance
The Layout Effect: Myth or Magic? and
Some Random Thoughts on Pin Carry
See the Clues, Make the Moves
Pin-to-PAP Distance and Its Effect on Bowling Ball Motion
Welcome Back to the Sport of Bowling - Part 2
The Seven Common Problems That Can Hurt Your Bowling Scores
Some Thoughts on Bowling Ball Surface Wear and Lane Oils
Bowling Ball Balance Hole Fundamentals
Tournament Lane Play Preparation
Ball Motion Gap Analysis
What's Your Shot Shape?
Is Big Hook Really Necessary?
Matching Ball Motion Shape to Breakpoint Zones
I Just Wanna Bowl!
Shape Shifting
Understanding Bowler Delivery Parameters
El Dorado and El Diablo
Demonstrating Ball Motion
Seven Misconceptions
Recognizing and Producing the Matching Up Process
The Ledge
The Art of Unlearning
Resistance: The Other 25%