What Is A Bowling Ball Cover Stock?

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What Is A Bowling Ball Cover Stock And What Does It Do?

The cover stock is the original part of a bowling ball, and it’s the part that you see first and foremost. The cover stock’s job is to control how the ball reacts on the different kinds of lane surfaces.

If you’ve ever bowled before, then you’ve probably tried to hook the ball to avoid throwing the ball into the gutter. You may not have realized it but the coverstock of the bowling ball has a direct effect on your ability to hook a ball as well.

If you watch videos that deal with what matters the most in bowling, you will understand the value of the cover stock more.

When you first use a new bowling ball, it tends to hook a lot more until the cover stock breaks in. With time, your ball will stop hooking as much. High quality cover stocks do not wear down quickly, and they can break in but the balll can still perform well for several games before needing any time in the bowling ball rejuvenator.

Cover stocks are available in many different types. Bowlers tend to prefer certain types of cover stocks. The favored cover stocks according to some people are the urethane and reactive resin cover stocks. However, again cover stock preference is based on each individual's personal preferences and bowling style. The Brunswick brand of bowling balls introduced the composite cover stock which is also taking the bowling world by storm.

You must remember that because each cover stock type has a different kind of surface, it causes the ball to responds differently to different lane conditions.

Every bowler takes distinct things into account such as cover stock materials, lane surface, ball speed, and spin required when purchasing a bowling ball. If you’re a beginner and you are not sure about how your ball should roll, ask the store you’re buying your new ball from. The assistants at the store may also guide you by informing you of the different cover stocks available and which cover stock works well for what type of lane.

What Is A Composite Cover Stock On A Bowling Ball?

We get reactive and non-reactive balls. Reactive balls are generally quite pricey as well. Quality material is used to create these reactive balls which is what makes these balls more expensive but also more durable.

A non-reactive ball, as the name suggests, is not reactive in any way.

In terms of the common materials used to create cover stocks, plastic, urethane, and pearl cover stocks always get mentioned.

However, of late the team at Brunswick came out with a composite cover stock. This means that texture is created throughout the surface of the ball. Texture is created because of the inclusion of additives. The composite cover stock promises that the ball doesn't lose friction at all. These bowling balls also tend to soak up less oil from the lanes. While oil is still soaked up, not enough is soaked up to hinder the ball's performance.

What Is The Best Material For A Bowling Ball?

In general, two popular types of cover stocks remain the plastic and urethane cover stocks. We cannot say which cover stock material is best as the best bowling ball remains a matter of personal preferance. Again each type of material used to create the bowling ball cover stock has its own durability and price.

Let's look at two types of cover stocks: urethane and plastic cover stocks.

Urethane balls versus plastic balls

Urethane balls are generally more expensive than their plastic counterparts. However, urethane is a durable material that doesn’t dent as easily as plastic. This means urethane balls generally tend to last longer than plastic.

There are some things to take into consideration when choosing a urethane cover stock. There are different cover stock thicknesses available: lightweight and heavy.

Most bowling balls are available in a variety of colors and finishes. Plastic balls are generally available in solid colors, while urethane balls tends to have a nice glossy finish.

Some people argue that urethane balls don’t glide as well as plastic. However, if you have an urethane ball, you won’t have to worry about it falling apart.

Many people buy bowling balls with a plastic cover stock to use as a spare ball. Beginners also tend to start off with a bowling ball that features a plastic cover stock first.

What Are Urethane Bowling Balls Good For?

Urethane bowling balls are a good choice for bowlers. This is because they are great in terms of performance and durability and it is believed by many bowlers that these balls are generally perfect for the fast-paced sport of bowling.

Some people may want to choose a bowling ball that is a bit heavier, so they use a urethane bowling ball for some added stability when bowling.

What are their pros and cons of a urethane ball? The biggest advantage of urethane bowling balls is that they are more durable than their plastic counterpart. This means that they should last long if you take care of them.

The cons is that not all bowlers take to a ball made of a urethane cover stock.

Caring for all bowling balls

Just like a car, a bowling ball needs regular maintenance and protection from harsh elements. All bowling balls (irrespective of the material used to make the cover stock) perform well during the first few games. Eventually all bowling balls becoming sluggish- some faster than others. However, it is far less expensive to take better care of your bowling ball rather than to buy a new one all the time!

To ensure that your ball is regularly maintained, simply dust off your bowling ball cover each time after you’re done bowling. Thoroughly clean the ball with a brush or a towel. There are more sophisticated devices that you can use to automatically clean your bowling ball.

What Is A High Performance Bowling Ball?

A high performance bowling ball is a ball that’s capable of reaching a much higher speed.
The main difference between high performance balls and regular ones is the weight. The weights of the the two types of bowling balls are generally different as well as the materials that are used to make them.

The designed weight of the cover is usually used to help create the weight difference as well. A high performance bowling ball is designed to have a reduced overall weight. This means that the ball can travel further and faster.

Keep in mind that the materials that create the ball have a lot to do with how fast it’s going.

High performance balls are typically used by serious bowlers.

Closing Thoughts

When choosing a bowling ball, the cover stock material used should be a factor that you should consider. There is a bowling ball for everyone, it is just all about finding the right one for you.