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Category: Equipment
Type: Tip

CAN A NEW BALL WITH SPECIAL DRILLING CAUSE A HOOK?




Q. I have been bowling for 5 years, my average is 173 and I throw the ball almost straight. I have been told by teammates that I should get a new reactive ball. They said the pro shop could drill it to hook more than the older urethane ball I am using now. If I spend the money will I really have a better hook and will it raise my average?

A. The good news is the new bowling balls are very good, and they can help you to get the most out of your game. The bad news is there is no such thing as 'hook in a box.' If you throw the ball straight every ball will go straight. If you do have some side turn on the ball, the new balls might hook slightly more. The pro shop operator has no control over your release and he can't overcome a bad release with ball drilling magic. I am not saying don't get a new ball; just don't expect the new ball to raise your average by itself. You may have to get some lessons to learn how to get the most out of this new ball.


Submitted by: Bob Korth


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