Many people find it hard to find the weight of bowling balls. That’s because bowling balls are not considered a 100% standard model, meaning the weight will vary depending on who makes them and what size they are. Here is an article that lists some of the most common types of bowling balls, their size, and their respective weights.
8-16 pound balls are the smallest of bowling balls. You can expect this to weigh around 12 pounds or less because the smaller the ball, the lighter it will be.
16-20 pound balls are also relatively small at 13 to 15 pounds. These are light enough that children can use them safely without their arms getting tired quickly, though they won’t make any strikes, not unless you’re fortunate.
20-22 pounds balls are pretty standard weight for bowling balls. You’ll find these balls are about the size of a regulation baseball. They are not as large as you might think, so they are easy to carry around.
22-25 pounds is middleweight for bowling balls, about the same size as a softball. These balls are suitable for all ages—they can be used by beginners or seasoned bowlers alike. You can throw them hard enough that they’ll leave your hand with little effort, but it won’t be anything too crazy either.
25-26 pounds is the heaviest of bowling balls, which is about the size of a tennis ball. If you wield this with power and accuracy, it’ll be worthy of a strike. However, these balls are awkward for most people to use when they first start, so you may want to practice up before busting it out in a bowling league.
26-30 pounds is considered significant for bowling balls, which work out to the size of a softball or baseball. These are popular with people who have misshaped fingers or other handicaps that render smaller balls harder to throw. These balls aren’t generally recommended for beginners because they can be dangerous if thrown incorrectly. They can also leave your hand with too much force for new people to handle, so caution is advised.
These are the size of a football or baseball, which are difficult to throw or find time to use in most leagues. 30+ pounds of bowling balls are considered big boy balls. These are generally used for strikes on hard lanes because they’re more likely to be fatal if you miss your target.
A decent way to get around the varying sizes of the balls is to look at the number on them. This will give you an idea of what weight they are because it’s always expressed in pounds. For example, a ball with several 23.6 would be turned into a 26-pound ball.
How to Choose a Bowling Ball?
Who can’t love bowling? It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family while having fun. It’s not hard to find someone who loves bowling, but some are simply awful at it.
The first thing to consider when picking your bowling ball is your weight class. If you are a novice bowler, go with the lighter ball, so you can get used to throwing it. If you are an expert bowler, then the heavier ball will have more force behind it.
Next, consider what kind of lane conditions you’ll face when you play your game of choice. If you like to bowl on medium conditions, go with one of the medium-weight balls. If you like hard lanes, then go with a heavier ball.
Why Are Bowling Balls So Heavy?
Earlier, we mentioned that bowling balls could vary in weight. Why is that? There are two main reasons. First, the weight of the ball is based on the density of the bowlers’ swing. The heavier the weight, the more force it takes to move down the lane and, therefore, get more spin on it. Second, different companies make different weights of balls for different bowling environments and conditions. You may be able to find a ball with one company’s label on it and yet light enough to register differently when you use a different company’s ball -and vice versa- in a different environment: like at home or at an outdoor facility with sand or something else in place of hardwood lanes (it gets people confused).
When a bowler picks a ball out of a machine, they can choose from a wide array of sizes and weights. However, the ball they select will weigh 12 ounces if they pick the maximum weight for their weight class bowlers.
How Do You Know What Ball to Use?
When it comes to picking your bowling ball out of the lineup, your first instinct might be to grab anyone that isn’t pinched between two fingers or too heavy or too light. But many times this isn’t the best choice. Bowling balls are designed to perform differently on different surfaces at different altitudes, which means you need to make sure you’re choosing a ball that will be most effective for your lane conditions and league setting.
Bowling balls are either medium, light, or heavy. So a bowling ball with a weight of 12 ounces can be a light ball, medium ball, or heavy ball. The heaviest balls weigh 16 pounds and have been known to be as dense as wood.
If you’re starting, you might want to try a lighter ball that is easier to handle and control. If you practice long enough, you’ll start to recognize your sweet spot and will need a heavier ball for it. A heavy ball may even cause someone who is not an expert bowler to slow down their swing since the weight of the heavier balls creates more momentum, which hinders control and follow through on the lanes.
In conclusion, the weight of bowling balls has changed from decade to decade, though they still have been classified by their poundage. While the older balls were sometimes harder to throw due to their larger sizes, modern-day balls are lighter and more accessible for everyone to use.