SmartBowler, a pro shop network dedicated to providing bowlers at all levels the best in products, services and guidance to enhance enjoyment of the game, has published an infographic “SmartBowler’s Tips for Choosing a Bowling Ball.”
The infographic outlines helpful tips for selecting the best bowling ball for an individual bowler. Bowling balls are continually undergoing technological changes. Over 100 models of balls are introduced each year. SmartBowler pro shop technicians keep up with this technology and should be a key resource in selecting a new ball. The SmartBowler.com Ball Guide is the best resource for bowlers doing research on line.
Starting with the basics, bowling balls come in weights from six to 16 pounds. Beginners, especially children should be careful to pick a ball that is not too heavy. As a rule of thumb, don’t pick a ball that weighs more a pound or two more than 10 percent of the bowler’s weight. A ball that is heavier than a bowler can manage could cause injury. On the other hand, a ball that is too light is also difficult to control because the bowler tends to “muscle” the ball instead of letting gravity do the work. Using a ball that is too light will result in an inconsistent arm swing and release point. Note: the most popular weight for professional bowlers is 15 pounds.
Second, the bowler should consider his/her experience level and style of play. While more advanced amateurs use the same models of bowling balls as professionals, beginners and intermediate bowlers will often find the advanced balls difficult to control. Bowlers should recognize that there is a learning curve. Remember the two A’s of bowling—accuracy and action. The most advanced balls are designed to produce the maximum pin action, presuming that the bowler has developed the accuracy to hit the pocket consistently. Bowlers should select a ball that they can control.
Third, bowling ball choice should depend on where a bowler plays regularly—the location. Will the bowler be bowling in a league at the same center each week or is the bowler in a metropolitan area bowling at different bowling centers? Consider no lane is created equally and choose a ball suited for your specific lane conditions. If the lanes are usually slick, a ball with more gripping potential should be selected. The SmartBowler.com Ball Guide is especially useful in selecting a ball with more or less hook potential.
Lastly, for bowlers who purchase more than one ball a year, it is important not to waste money on purchasing multiple balls that are essentially the same ball with different names. With several major manufacturers pumping out balls each month, many balls are very similar and some cost much more than others. Again the SmartBowler.com Ball Guide is a great resource. Improve your arsenal with each ball purchase.
SmartBowler suggests that bowlers, especially beginners, should seek the help of a pro shop. Professionals take years learning the game and the equipment. Starting slow, developing consistency, and adapting to progress from repeated practice is essential. For the serious amateur bowler it is essential to develop a relationship with the pro shop/coach.
When it comes to products, SmartBowler pro shops can supply all the major brands at prices competitive with any on-line dealer. SmartBowler pro shops do not have hidden fees for shipping and handling and provide service after the sale to help bowlers maintain their equipment. Warranty service is generally free.
SmartBowler pro shops help bowlers select a ball that is appropriate for the individual skill level and bowling center. A ball that is not properly selected to meet the bowler’s needs and objectives is a waste of money, no matter how cheap it appears.
SmartBowler technicians are educated on ball technology and stay up to date on new balls. Technicians have invested in the training and equipment to provide professional ball fitting and drilling services.
SmartBowler pro shops provide valuable information in the selection of bags, shoes, and accessories- information that will save the bowler from wasting money on products that do not meet the bowler’s needs.
Many SmartBowler pro shops provide instruction by certified bowling coaches. Others will assist the bowler in obtaining coaching. Instructional materials—books and videos—are available at SmartBowler pro shops for loan, rent, and purchase.
The main objective of a SmartBowler pro shop is to improve the bowler’s performance and thus the enjoyment of bowling. That’s the reason Smart bowlers go to their pro shop- to get the most value from their recreational dollar and time.
Visit SmartBowler at http://www.smartbowler.com.
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