Best Bowling Balls

If you are serious about bowling, then your dedication only has one place to start: The Ball.

The best shoes will give you an advantage, the best bag will protect your ball, a lot of practice will make you a better player, but there is no better place to start than with a professional bowling ball.

A great bowling ball will give you an advantage when you are playing. Forget about the balls that your bowling alley provides for you. Get your own ball, customize it if you want to, and never look back.

Bowling ball technology has advanced so much that the right ball for you can take all of your practice, dedication, and passion, and turn it into higher scores, more accurate shots, and a lot more power.

There are so many balls out there that it can be hard to know where to start. Do not worry; we have you covered. We have searched for the best possible bowling balls (and the widest variety) so that you can easily select the best one.

No gutter balls here, only the best of the best, starting with our number one choice...

... and if you're in a hurry you'll find our top-3 picks below.

1

Hammer Black Widow Legend Bowling Ball (15lbs)

Why we like it:

This is an excellent ball for those who bowl aggressively or those who want to. The ball has a lot of movement on the back and will travel through the pins with a lot of speed and power. This is our favorite ball on the list, and we are sure that it will give you better scores.


Summary:

Hybrid coverstocks take advantage of both solid and pearl reactive coverstocks. Solid coverstocks seek to react better on medium and heavy-oil lane conditions. Pearl reactive coverstocks cause the ball to respond better on dry lanes and extend the length of the bowl.


With hybrid coverstocks, you get the best of both worlds. This ball will give you great initial power and then break at the right moment giving you an awesome finish through the pins.

Black Widow bowling balls have always had a reputation for crafting great bowling balls, and the Legend elevates that passion for craftsmanship and bowling. This is an aggressive bowling ball for those who bowl aggressively and those who do not. When you add this bowling ball to your collection (or use it as your main bowling ball), you will see your scores improve almost immediately (though do not hold us to that).

The ball works well and, with the unique neon spider design and, it looks great too. Wait for the moment your friends gasp as you bring it out of your bag (do not hold us to that either). 

Key Features

Hybrid coverstock

Gas mask core

Black with neon red

A trusted name in bowling

Pros

Great movement on the backend

Moves through pins with ease

A history of quality bowling balls

Adds to your curve

Comes in a variety of sizes

Cons

Expensive

2

Hammer Dark Legend Solid Bowling Ball, 15 lb, Blue/Black

Why we like it:

This is an excellent ball for anyone who has hit their limit with their previous ball. If you find that you have plateaued with the ball you are using, then this one will help you to punch through and hit the scores that you know you deserve.


Summary:

We love the design of the Hammer balls. The dark swirl of the ball is complemented by the bright neon of the lettering and image design. These balls look great in and out of your bowling bag as well as when they are rolling down the lane.

This ball has a solid cover stock and a gas mask core weight block internally. This gives you a lot more control of the ball at high and low speeds.


The break at the end of the lane is predictable, allowing you to dictate where the ball finishes. The consistency in the break of the ball translates into consistency for your throws. This is another ball that, with a little practice, will improve your scores almost out of the box (or bag). 

Key Features

15 pounds

Blue & Black

Yellow neon lettering and image

Solid cover stock

500/2000 Abralon finish

Pros

Great for any oil finish on the lane

Aggressive ball

Strong and durable

More control at lower speeds

Cuts through pins at a lower speed

Cons

Expensive

3

Brunswick TZone Indigo Swirl Bowling Ball (14-Pounds)

Why we like it:

Professionals are not going to get a lot from this ball, other than using it as a backup, but beginners will notice an increase in their points when they move up to this ball. Great for accuracy and power training.


Summary:

If you are a professional, then this is a tremendous backup bowling ball.


The ball does not have a lot of spin and will travel down the lane in a straight line. It is a great ball for beginners too. If you are starting out, then this ball will stay in the middle of the lane when you throw it straight.


It is an excellent ball for improving your power and accuracy before you begin to add a lot of spin to your ball. If you want to get up to high speeds, then this is the ball to do it with.

We like that you have options with this ball. There is a multitude of colors, sizes, and weights. You can match the ball to your own personal style, and elevate your game. If you are a beginner, then upgrading to this ball will add points to your score. Your accuracy and speed are going to improve with this ball. A great beginner ball or transitional ball. 

Key Features

Variety of sizes

Variety of weights

Variety of colors

Polyester coverstock

Royal shine finish

Blacklight glow

Pros

Great for beginners

Easy to handle

Color scheme to match anything

Great style

Affordable

Cons

No pre-drilled holes

Not a lot of spin

4

Brunswick Rhino Bowling Ball, Black/Blue/Silver, 14 lb

Why we like it:

This is definitely a beginner ball. If you are used to using a ball which does not curve, then this is the next ball for you. It introduces you to hook in a non-obtrusive an intelligent way. A great ball to transition to your next level of bowling.


Summary:

The image of a rhino in a bowling ball invokes pins being smashed and knocked over with ease and this ball will do that, but not in the way that you would think.


The ball does offer you good power but not as much as some other balls. Where this ball shines is in the hook. You will get a great break at the end of the lane with this ball, coming into the pins from an angle and knocking down more pins that you would with your previous ball.


That is if you are upgrading to this ball. This is not an expert ball by any means, but a great ball for transitioning from a purely straight ball.

We like the design of this ball, and you will notice your control and spin improved when using it. This is a great transitional ball for moving up to the next level. You will see an improved score but, more importantly, you will see improved performance and accuracy. 

Key Features

Variety of sizes

Variety of colors

R-16 reactive coverstock

Light bulb core

500 Siaair/Royal Compound/Royal Shine finish

Pros

This ball has a color for everyone

The ball is light for more power

Slight hook reaction for some spin

Fun design and color scheme

Reacts well on dry and oily lanes

The right balance of power and control

Cons

No finger holes

Not a lot of power

5

Columbia 300 Nitrous Bowling Ball, Silver/Black, 14 lb

Why we like it:

We would recommend this ball for an intermediate bowler who wants to improve the hook in their game. Beginners will find a lot of value from this ball too.


Summary:

This is an excellent ball for any level of bowler or skill of bowler. Professionals are not going to see their scores increased by this ball over other professional balls, but it is a ball which will improve the score of intermediate or beginner bowlers.


The main selling feature of this ball is the amount of spin which you can get from it. Over just a short period, you will notice your game improve and your scores boosted. We like that the hook of the ball can be adapted by changing your hand position and that you can find predictability in that hook to hit the pins more accurately over time.

Once you have mastered the spin of the ball, you can begin to add more and more power to improve your overall score once again. 

Key Features

Multiple colors

Variety of sizes

Nitrous core

Boost coverstock

500/2000 Abralon finish

Pros

Great design

Amazing grip on the lanes

For any level of bowler

Best for light to medium oiled lanes

Affordable

Cons

Holes not pre-drilled

Not a lot of power

6

Storm Code Bowling Ball, Red, 15 lb

Why we like it:

This is definitely a ball for professionals. You get a lot of power with this ball and a lot of hook. It takes a little practice to master the unique hook on the backend, but when you do, you will find that your score is elevated a lot.


Summary:

This ball looks like there really is a storm about to hit the lane, and that is precisely what happens when you bowl it. When you bowl it on a medium-oil lane, you will notice that it is very aggressive, plowing through the pins with a lot of speed and power. Even on high-oil lanes, you will get lots of heavy hits on the pins.

We like the amount of hook which you can get with this ball. Through the first part of the lane, the ball will glide down the wooden surface. The ball has a unique breakpoint which, once mastered will give you a lot of power and consistency through the pins. This is a high-performance ball for those who know what they are doing. 

Key Features

Red and yellow design

Selection of sizes

RAD4 core

High torque

High differential

Pros

High differential means high performance

Glides through the lane

Unique breakpoints

Reactive polished finish for hook

Great on medium to heavy oil lanes

Cons

Expensive

Un-drilled

7

Roto Grip No Rules Bowling Ball, 15 lb, Green/Orange/Black

Why we like it:

An excellent ball for intermediate bowlers. If you want to throw your balls with a lot of power, then this ball will let you add some hook to your bowls without having to adjust that power.


Summary:

This is a great ball to elevate your game. If you bowl with a lot of speed, then this ball will give you the control which you crave at that speed.


If you have low RPM on your bowl, then this ball will help you to either plow through the pins without adding to your RPM or help you to add some more rotation to your fast bowls to add hook at the back end and plow through the pins with hook and power.

The added power and hook of this ball helps you to avoid getting as many splits as you would with less expensive balls. It is definitely a ball which is beneficial to those who bowl their balls at speed

Key Features

15 pounds

Green and orange swirl design

Micro DNA solid coverstock

Chaotic core weight finish

2000 grit pad finish

Pros

Great control for higher speeds

Good for heavy oil

Right hook on the back end

Lots of speed

Cons

Not for beginners

No pre-drilled holes

8

Brunswick Quantum Bowling Ball, Fire Pearl, 14 lb

Why we like it:

We like that this is an excellent ball for all skill levels. Beginners will find consistency with the ball, and experts will enjoy the follow through at the end as the ball hits the pins with more power and accuracy than they are used to.


Summary:

The one thing which you get with this ball is an exceptionally smooth drive through the start of the lane.


The ball has a smooth roll when you let it go and watch it career down the lane. This adds predictability to your roll that beginners and experts will appreciate. It works a little better on dry lanes that it will on oiled, but you will still get consistency from both.


You get great RPM with this ball, adding some hook and power on the back end. You will be amazed at how great the contact is when the ball does get to the pins.

Key Features

Pearl finish

14 pounds

PK 2016 pearl coverstock

Quantum mushroom high RG core

500 Siaair/Crown compound finish

Pros

Unique and bright design

Durable

Improved performance for all bowlers

Improved pin impact

Clean through the lanes

Cons

Holes not pre-drilled

9

Hammer Arson Bowling Ball, 15

Why we like it:

This ball is great for any level of bowler, but we would recommend it most for intermediate bowlers or those who want to add to or improve their hook. A great ball for oiled lanes.


Summary:

This ball looks great and bowls great. If you are a beginner or intermediate bowler, then this ball will help you to elevate your score. It does this by adding some hook to your game.


You need to practice this hook to master it, but when you do, you will notice your score increase. The slight hook in the ball will help you to find consistency when hitting the pins; then you can add more hook to the ball to further improve the number of pins you are knocking down on average.

The grit of the ball gives superior grip which will be great for lanes with heavy oil, but you will need to adjust your throw for dry lanes (and the slide in your shoes)

Key Features

Max-hook hybrid coverstock

Sauce core

2000-grit finish

Pros

Hooks on any lane

The finish gives lots of friction

Beautiful design

For any level of bowler

Cons

Holes not pre-drilled

Not a lot of power

10

Hammer Gauntlet Bowling Ball- Orange/Black/Silver (15lbs)

Why we like it:

This is a great ball for expert bowlers. You can add to your speed and power while having a lot of control over the spin of the ball. If you like to bowl aggressively, then this is the ball for you.


Summary:

This is a great ball for heavy-oil conditions. The Abralon, high-grit finish will give you a lot of grip on the lane which will translate to a lot of hook as the ball grips.


The carbon fibers which are infused into this ball help to give the ball a strong core which is powerful and lightweight. Take all of this together, and you have a ball which will travel with a lot of speed, have a lot of power, and will hook lots on the backend.


The Hammer Gauntlet ball gives you an aggressive bowl which will provide you with more knocked-down pins and a higher score.

Key Features

Variety of weights

2000 Abralon finish

Semtex CFI coverstock

Gauntlet asymmetric core

Carbon fiber infused

Pros

Great for heavy-oil lanes

Adds amazing hook to your shot

Lightweight and powerful

Tough and durable

Strong

Cons

Expensive

Un-drilled

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