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Bowling Ball Flare Potential

Understanding the term bowling ball flare potential will help you make a good decision in purchasing your next bowling ball. First, coverstock makeup of a bowling ball will determine the gripping power of the given bowling ball on the lane surface. Next, the core design will help determine the ball motion or shape of ball reaction while the given ball is rolling down the lane.

The core of any bowling ball creates mass distributions inside the bowling ball which are used as key measurements in identifying bowling ball motion traveling on the lane. The bowling ball flare potential is simply the maximum amount a bowling ball can migrate while traveling down the lane. Flare potential can be used as an indicator for which bowling balls are best suited, as example, to oily lane conditions (high flare) and which balls work best for dry lane conditions (low flare).

The radius of gyration is an account of the location of the mass inside a given bowling ball and relates whether the ball mass is concentrated toward the center of the ball (low RG), toward the coverstock of the ball (high RG), or between the two points (medium RG). Typically, low RG balls will also have low flare potential ratings unless the differential of RG is a high rating. High differential ratings can indicate that a given ball will migrate as it travels down the lane and thereby the flare pattern on the surface of the ball becomes a noticeable “bow-tie” effect and can have the potential to flare as much as six inches in the track area of the bowling ball thereby creating the highest hook potential possible.

The strategy you need to consider in choosing a new ball relating to the flare potential is how sharply do you wish for the ball to react in the mid-lane and hook on the back end of the lane? As an example, if the lane conditions you regularly encounter have a high volume of oil on the front end of the lane, then a low RG ball with short skid-length potential coupled with high differential and flare potential ratings is a smart choice. If lane conditions have medium oil, then choosing a ball with medium flare potential will match well and, as you might expect, dry lanes which have little oil on the front end and tend to encourage an earlier hooking motion than desired require a low bowling ball flare potential to avoid an over-dramatic hooking motion down the lane. In summary, it can be said that flare potential ratings are factors in determining the hook potential a given ball possesses while traveling down the lane.




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