Bowling is played by millions of people in the United States. Believe it or not, a lot of science goes in to creating a bowling ball, from the chemistry of the materials used to the physics of how it is balanced. Even the holes are drilled with mathematical precision.
Most professional bowlers agree that having a bowling ball that is designed to complement the style and strength of an individual bowler is a good investment and can improve your score.
Bowling balls can even be customized with images or designs to match anyone’s taste. Circles Magazine visited Haynes Bowling Supply Company and saw some very decorative and eye catching balls which they get from Brunswick, a company that makes and sells bowling equipment worldwide.
Circles also found a great idea for recycling old bowling balls. They can be turned into gazing balls which are ornaments used to decorate a garden that add an element of color or reflection to the space. There are many different options when it comes to turning your old bowling ball into a decorative piece. After stripping the wax and oils from the ball using alcohol or vinegar, you can paint or draw anything you like on it. You can also glue pieces of glass to the ball and later fill with grout and sealer. Or you can use a technique called decoupage to apply pieces of wallpaper, fabric, or just about anything to your ball.
According to the Guinness World Records Japan is home of the largest bowling alley in the world.
The second largest bowling center is in Las Vegas.
Bowling balls are designed to perform on various types of surfaces and to compliment the style and strength of an individual bowler.
Historically most bowling balls were made of Lignum Vitae, a very hard wood.
In 1905, the first rubber bowling ball was produced, followed nine years later by Brunswick Corporation’s rubber Mineralite ball.