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There are many different types of bowling balls. And if I had the time to breakdown all of them, you would be here for a while reading. But for now I'm just going to focus on the two that I'm most familiar with: solid and pearl. Understanding the difference between solid and pearl reactive bowling balls is essential to any bowlers game. A little knowledge about each coverstock can really intensify your score. Especially in tournament play where the lanes can be a bit all over the place (i.e. USBC Nationals in Vegas).
Pearl reactive coverstock is similar to the solid coverstock, except that it has additional material blended in that reduces the friction. The slight difference allows for pearl balls to shoot further down the lane. Bowlers like myself will start will a solid ball and switch to a pearl once the lanes start to breakdown. Which is pretty much what I do when I start with either of my solids (Rhodman Solid or Idol Pro) and then switch to my Rhodman Pearl (pictured above). But pearls also work with bowlers that have slower ball speeds, like myself because they'll get down the lane and hook so I don't have to move from my comfort zone.
Solid reactive coverstock is the most common type. Solids absorb the most oil which causes it to achieve the most friction when rolling down the lane. It is usually found with mid-range to high-end balls. But it's helpful for bowlers that look for a better lane reaction. The bowlers that carry all the pins and get the messengers, love a good solid. But this coverstock does require more maintenance and upkeep. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just really time consuming.
Now I could get in to sanding the ball, playing with surface, etc. But for your eyes, and my sanity, I'm going to stay away from that for now. It is good to know some of those things. But you can always stop in at your local bowling center and check out the pro shop that is there. Whomever is there should be very knowledgeable about whatever questions, comments, or concerns you have.
Well I hope you guys have enjoyed the little snippet of information. I'll be back next week to give you some more news. Will it be bowling related? Guess you'll just have to wait and see.