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Jusxusfanatic

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Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:32:05 AM »
Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)

Hey there, just wanna ask if i should get a hook ball? I'm gonna try hooking one later today, I'm quite passionate for bowling. I've been watching videos lately on the motion of the hand. Thanks :)

Should I get a shinier one (now sure how you call them) since they're easier for hooking and a reactive resin one?

 

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 12:50:35 AM »
Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)

Hey there, just wanna ask if i should get a hook ball? I'm gonna try hooking one later today, I'm quite passionate for bowling. I've been watching videos lately on the motion of the hand. Thanks :)

Should I get a shinier one (now sure how you call them) since they're easier for hooking and a reactive resin one?


Hi, welcome to the site.

I don't think I am qualified to answer this completely.  I think you should start out with a medium oil ball, probably a solid because I think it will be somewhat easier to control and get a read off of.  You don't need to start out with a high performance ball if you are just starting to learn how to hook a ball, get an entry level for your first ball.  The experts can jump in later and offer you specific brands or models.

Also, I think you will have to provide a bit more information for the experts here to help you further.  Approximate age or any heath problems, one or two handed, what are you using now and how long have you been bowling (beginner could be someone who has just bowled once or someone who has been bowling off and on for many years but never took it seriously), and if you looking for a good pro shop you could mention the area you live in, someone could offer a recommendation for you. 

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 12:56:01 AM »
Thanks for replying :)

Im currently 15, been bowling for, well, I just bowl whenever my family or friends suggest going. I bowl 1 hand, no health issues. Im not sure if the bowling alley im going uses platic balls, but I'm gonna try

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 05:18:03 AM »
*Update*

The ball hooked a bit, maybe I need to turn my wrist more

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2017, 11:27:03 AM »
*Update*

The ball hooked a bit, maybe I need to turn my wrist more

 If you try to force a low friction, low flare potential ball to hook when there is too much oil for it by over rotating the wrist, you could very well hurt yourself.

 If you want to take bowling just a bit more seriously, and want to hook the shot, then YES, you need to buy a ball designed for that.

 You won't have to spend a fortune though. Probably a good, mid level ball will set you back around $125-$150 drilled and ready. Catch something on sale or closeout and you might save even more.

 Lots of people have bought Ebonite Cyclones and been very surprised with their performance, but ALL manufacturers have great stuff along those same lines, so you probably need to check around and shop well before making your purchase.

 Good luck.
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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2017, 11:52:05 AM »
Well put juggernaut.

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2017, 05:49:01 PM »
Great info there :) thanks

Should.I buy one from.bowlingball.com or from a local shop? Do I really need custom drillings as a beginner

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2017, 05:54:27 PM »
Great info there :) thanks

Should.I buy one from.bowlingball.com or from a local shop? Do I really need custom drillings as a beginner

I would go with your local PSO, most of the time it will be the same price. Yes you could get the ball cheaper online, but PSO have fixed this by increasing their drill price.

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2017, 06:01:40 PM »
I second buying one from the local Pro-shop.

You should really have the ball drilled to fit your hand; and the local pro-shops are the best way to get there.

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2017, 06:09:32 PM »
True, thanks :) but there not much brands to choose tho. Will see

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2017, 06:23:20 PM »
True, thanks :) but there not much brands to choose tho. Will see

if you are referring to what is in the shop, any pro shop can order any ball.  and usually they can have it in a day or 2.

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2017, 06:41:36 PM »
Not sure since I'm in hk, but alright :) so the ebonite will be good? It has a pretty high rev rate

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2017, 07:34:55 PM »
 For your first "performance" ball, and by performance I mean hook, by all means you need to visit a reputable shop.

 They will be able to talk with you cirectly, show you all your alternatives, then make sure the new ball you select is drilled to fit your grip correctly.

 If you are going to go to the trouble of spending your money on a hook ball, doesn't it just make sense that you should get it drilled so that you can throw it correctly?
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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2017, 07:45:18 PM »
True, just messaged some shops

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Re: Should I buy a hook ball? (Beginner)
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2017, 01:06:14 AM »
Is ebonite good enough? I want a 8/9 lb ball since its easier to learn