Medium to dry lanes can be a challenge for bowlers. Learn how to choose the right ball for these conditions. There are several factors you need to consider when making your selection. We’ll break them down for you and make it easy! Read on to find out more about how to choose a bowling ball for medium to dry lanes.
What are medium to dry lanes?
They are lanes that have little oil applied by the house. As a result, the ball does not travel as far after it hits the pins. You will need to adjust your approach and technique in order to deliver a good shot.
You also need to consider how much oil is on the lane. What time of day it is might be a factor too. Is there another league playing at the same time? This can make a difference in how much oil is applied to the lanes.
How to choose a bowling ball for medium to dry lanes?
All factors come into play when choosing your bowling ball for medium to dry lanes conditions. You will need to determine the weight of the ball, choose the color and design, and choose the right size for your hand.
The first thing you need to determine is what weight ball will work best for you on medium to dry lanes. There are three basic weights: light, medium, and heavy. Each is designed for different lane conditions.
Light ball bowling is ideal for when the lanes have been oiled heavily. You will need to weigh less in order to quickly move across the lane towards the pins.
A light ball can help with a hook in medium dry conditions, but might not be strong enough for a full hook in a heavy oil condition. Medium bowling balls are typically used when oil is applied moderately on the lane. Since there is more oil, they typically travel further than a light ball across the lane.
A heavy bowling ball can be used when lanes are dry or have little or no oil applied to them. This weight is also preferred for strong bowlers that tend to roll with high revolutions per minute (RPM).
Color and design
Next, you need to decide on the color and design of your ball. Most bowling balls are available in a wide range of colors. White tends to leave a clean ball mark on the lane. It is easy to see where the ball has hit the pins for an accurate score. Brightly colored balls can reduce or eliminate the effects of oil on the lane.
Designs vary depending on your bowling style and what is available to you at the time you make your purchase. Subtle designs like pinstripes or graphic symbols can help eliminate an oily ball mark on the lane. If there’s a lot of oil, it will blend into the surface and not affect your shot as much.
Size of the bowling ball
You also need to measure your hand and choose the right size for you. Hand measurements are made at the widest point, which is typically below your knuckles. Measure both hands because one might be slightly larger than the other. Make sure to account for any rings you might wear on your fingers when measuring.
The size of the bowling ball is determined by weight and circumference. The following are the average sizes for men and women:
Men’s ball sizes
Juniors’ balls are typically 7-10 pounds in weight with a 13-16 inch circumference
Women’s ball sizes
Juniors’ balls are typically 5-7 pounds in weight with a 9-11 inch circumference
If you aren’t sure what size is best, or what weight of bowling ball you should use for medium to dry lanes, consult with someone at your local pro shop. They are there to help you every step of the way!
Prerequisites for this blog include knowing how to choose bowling ball weight, choosing the color and design of a bowling ball, knowing what size hand you should use for your chosen ball weight. The article was written by professionals with years of experience and is to be taken as informational and not a guide. Please consult with experts when in doubt. Thank you for reading, and we hope your bowls are true!