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Ying Yang Effect

An interesting thing happens when you release a bowling ball and it travels down the lane. If it reacts to the lane closer to you the less it can react on the lane further away from you. This is what I call the Ying Yang of Ball Motion.

  • More Reaction in the Front part of the Lane, the Less Reaction in the Back part of the Lane.
  • Less Reaction in the Front part of the Lane, the More Reaction in the Back part of the Lane.

Why does this happen? It's all about the rate at which the bowling ball loses energy. The faster the ball bleeds of rotational energy the less the ball will have when it enters the hook phase. The slower the ball bleeds off rotational energy the more the ball will have when it enters the hook phase.

Important facts to remember:

  • Bowling balls have no energy until the bowler provides it through the delivery of the ball
  • Bowling balls will NOT retain or SAVE energy. They are not batteries.
  • Once a bowling ball leaves the bowler's hand it is always LOSING energy, it will never gain more energy.
  • Friction causes the ball to lose energy.

So, how do you control the rate at which the ball loses it's energy? There are a few ways to do this.

  • Release the ball on a part of the lane where the ball encounters more friction or less friction. This is moving your starting point and/or target left or right to use more or less volume of lane oil.
  • Rough up the coverstock of the bowling ball by using abrasive pads (Abralon, Saair, NEAT, Scotch Brite, etc.). The rougher the surface the faster rate of energy loss.
  • Smooth out the coverstock of the bowling ball by using finer grit abrasive pads and/or polishing compounds. The smoother the surface the slower rate of energy loss.

This photo shows the ball motion paths of a Radical Ridiculous with the coverstock prepared 3 different ways, 500 grit Saair Pad, 1000 Grit SaairPad, 1500 Grit Saair Pad.

  • 500 Grit Surface - Ball enters its hook phase the quickest with a longer roll phase.
  • 1000 Grit Surface - Ball enters its hook phase later than the 500 Grit surface with a shorter roll phase.
  • 1500 Grit Surface - Ball enters its hook phase the latest of the 3 surfaces, has the shortest hook phase and shortest roll phase of the 3.

 You can watch all 3 bowling balls by clicking on the links below. The videos will open in a new window.

 

500 Grit Surface

 

1000 Grit Surface

 

1500 Grit Surface