April 21, 2021
The structure of the commonly used bowling balls has three holes, which help the player have a grip while holding the ball. The player holds the ball with his middle, ring, and thumb finger and then throws the ball.
The balls come in a varied range of sizes, depending upon the type of pins they hit. When it comes to weight, there are two different kinds called high mass and low mass balls.
High Mass: These are the weight blocks that are placed near the shells.
Low Mass: These balls are of different shapes and sizes. They are kept in between the bowling balls.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOWLING BALLS AS STATED BELOW:
Tenpin ball: These balls are the commonly used bowling balls with three holes in them which are used for knocking the ten pins.
Duckpin bowling ball: This type of ball is smaller in size, around 4.75–5.00 inches in diameter without any holes and the pins that are knocked with this ball are 60% smaller than the regular pins.
Candlepin bowling ball: This ball has no holes and is the smallest of all, weighing around 2 lbs. The pins that it knocks are way smaller than the original one; in addition, this ball knocks down only five pins in a game.
In this article we will go in detail on what bowling balls are made of, their background, different types of bowling balls, modern day bowling balls, and some common FAQs.
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND ON BOWLING BALLS
The emergence of bowling is believed to be in Egypt after finding the carving of this game on the Egyptian royal tomb in 5200 BC. The carving depicted women and men holding a ball and targeting 9 uniquely shaped wood sticks. One of the interesting findings by a British anthropologist in 1930 was when he found bowling pins made out of wood were buried in the grave of a child in Egypt thousands of years ago. After this incident, many anthropologists started finding many wooden things that resembled a bowling pin in different parts of Egypt. Later the bowling game was invented and introduced to people from various countries.
Back then, the ball and the pins were made out of Lignum vitae, a hardwood. This type of bowling ball was being used for playing in different types of lanes. These wooden balls were made in different sizes and varied in weight based on the power of the bowler. For example, heavily built men used balls that weigh 20 pounds, whereas kids used balls less than 5 pounds.
Later in the year 1905, a bowling ball was created with heavy rubber material by the…