What weight bowling ball should I get?


I am getting back into bowling after many years. My 16 lb. bothers my wrist badly and I need to drop down to a lower weight. I throw a pretty significant hook. What is the lowest weight I should go and still get good drive through the pocket?
Thanks for the answers. I asumed 14 would be the lowest i would want to go.

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6 thoughts on “What weight bowling ball should I get?

  1. i would suggest going to a 15 lb ball but the best thing to do is visit your local pro shop and let them know that you havent bowled in a bit and are just getting back into it. ask them if they would come and watch you throw your ball a few times and then what they would suggest as far as weight of ball and type of ball. most pro shops will be glad to help customers out like that. you dont want to drop to a to low a weight ball and then over power your shot and not have it hook back. another thing to help your wrist would be a wrist brace but i would really suggest going to lower weight ball first and see how that feels before getting the brace. good luck with your bowling

  2. 14 lbs is as low as you should go if you still want to carry light hits (5-pin swishers). You might consider getting one of the many wrist supports on the market if your wrist still bothers you after getting a lighter weight ball.

  3. What u want is a ball that will hook but drives into the pocket, i suggest going with a 14 lb. bowling ball because a 15 1b. will hurt ur wrist a little while a 14 lb. is alright

  4. Well 14 is the lowest I would ever go but to be honest you have to be comfortable. It has been said that a perfect bowling ball weight is 10% of your body weight. However I find this is better for females as I should be using a 24 pound ball under this theory. If I were you I’d use the heaviest ball I could without any pain. You need the ball to carry thru the pins but not at the cost of hurting yourself.

  5. After a short layoff, and a rotator cuff tear, I went through the same reduction in equipment weight from 16 to 14 lb. I also had a hook that travelled over 15-20 boards and although I’m delivering it straighter now, I have no loss of pin action and do not leave solid corner pins as often with 14 lbs.

    All I do is make sure my hand is beneath the ball and driving through when releasing it. That reduces spin and makes for a consistent roll when approaching the 1-3 pocket. Only thing is that you practice in order to strengthen your wrist or you can wear a bowling glove under a wrister glove to provide additional support. I’m nearly back to the performance and average I had when bowling professionally back in the day.

    Since I started bowling, I utilized Brunswick/Quantum/Revolution/Elite products (all are manufactured by Brunswick) so that I got familiar with reactions of their equipment. I’m still using that product because my game may get thrown off trying to learn how other manufacturers’ equipment performs. Try using the same equipment you used back then, and ask your pro shop if there are bowling balls similar to what you threw before you stopped.

    Good luck!

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