- Category: Coaching
- Published on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 21:30
- Written by Scott Hewitt, Vice President of Marketing, MOTIV Bowling
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DON'T ASSUME ANYTHING, Scott Hewitt, Vice President of Marketing, MOTIV Bowling
The main point is that bowlers should not make assumptions about ball motion based on looks alone.Instead, study the intent of each ball and find those that match up best with the oil conditions and motion you need.
We bowlers have so many preconceived notions on ball motion. Often, we make assumptions that we believe are fact: red hooks more, pearls go longer, and solid balls read early. Are these things really true or are they just myth?
A bowling ball does not hook more merely because it is red. Ball color is irrelevant to ball reaction in general. However, it is possible that the chemistry of a specific colorant could change the reaction characteristics of a specific cover stock. So, for example, even if MOTIV™ were to find a green colorant that created more hook and used it in the Primal Scream, that doesn’t mean every other ball on the market that used green would perform as well. With hundreds of colorant suppliers, it is most likely that other ball companies use different colorants so the chemistry and thus, the performance, will not be the same.
The same is true of pearl bowling balls. Certain ball manufacturers may use a specific pearl in their manufacturing process that they claim creates more length. While the pearl could make a difference, not all ball manufacturers are using the same material. Therefore, you cannot assume that all pearl balls will react the same way.
Actually, there are 2 other factors that would play a more significant role than pearl in ball reaction. The first, and most important, factor is the chemistry of the cover stock. At MOTIV, when we want to create a ball that is cleaner down the lane, we adjust several variables in the formulation of the reactive resin to achieve the desired motion. The second factor is the finish on the bowling ball. The finish is one of the most important factors affecting ball motion, which was proven in a study conducted by the United States Bowling Congress. The study referenced Ra and Rs values, which are measures of surface topography. In large part, pearl balls go longer because they are usually highly polished.
In reality, at MOTIV, we could manufacture a pink pearl ball that is early and very strong on fresh heavy oil. We could also produce a solid red ball that is long and clean on a burned up house shot. Our decisions on color, and whether or not a ball will contain pearl, are largely related to marketing, not performance.
The main point is that bowlers should not make assumptions about ball motion based on looks alone. Instead, study the intent of each ball and find those that match up best with the oil conditions and motion you need.
At MOTIV, we have a guide available that shows each ball in our product line and where it fits in terms of oil condition and ball motion. This is a very useful reference to help bowlers and coaches find the right bowling ball to fill a performance gap. Most ball manufacturers have a chart or guide of some kind to help understand their complete line. Make full use of these materials that are available to you.