Looking to hit the lanes this weekend with friends and family? What you need is a new bowling ball to help improve your skills and bring down those pins. If you like to bowl or even if you are just starting out, finding yourself a new ball is a fun if a little overwhelming process. To help out, I’ve made a list of my favorite bowling balls available online. So let’s discover the best bowling ball for you!
Best Bowling Ball 2017
Storm Code Black Bowling Ball
If you are looking for a reactive bowling ball, Storm is usually a great place to start. The Storm Code Black features Storm’s revolutionary R2S Pearl Reactive and finished with a 1500 grit coating. The balance of the Code Black allows for highly reactive shots, bringing hard angles to your shots. If you regularly read bowling ball reviews, you’ve probably heard the name “Code Black” come up before, reviewed favorably. The Code Black comes in 12 to 16 pounds.
The Pros of the Storm Code Black Bowling Ball
- The Code Black has an incredible amount of back end. If you like to play outside and pull it back in hard in the final twenty, this ball is perfect for you.
- It also comes with the name Storm on it.
- Storm has offered quality bowling balls for decades, and their reactive surfaces stick around for years and years.
- This ball comes with an available five-inch pin if required. This is mostly for the lefties out there.
- The Code Black is a relatively cheap, but it doesn’t feel cheap! It hits hard and mixes the pins with great consistency, making it feel like a much more expensive ball.
The Cons of the Storm Code Black Bowling Ball
- Highly reactive on normal, medium surfaces. If your home lanes run dry in the back 20, you may want to find something a little more toned down.
Brunswick Rhino Bowling Ball
Looking for your first, under $100 reactive resin? You should check out the Brunswick Rhino! The Rhino is available in a variety of colors and all the way from 10 pounds to 16 pounds making it great for adults and children. The backend is muted, allowing for smooth transitions and better control.
The Pros of the Brunswick Rhino Bowling Ball
- The Rhino has a lot of great control. The bowl is perfect for a beginner trying to find their footing, and will also work well as a secondary ball for really dry conditions.
- The Rhino is available in an array of fantastic colors, including the fiery red/black/gold and the unique silver/green. If you are looking for a slightly customizable ball color, this is a great place to look.
The Cons of the Brunswick Rhino Bowling Ball
- The Rhino is not a fan of wet conditions. It also is not great with long, pro oil patterns either, unless your game doesn’t rely much on hook. If your house favors a medium to dry oil pattern, you find the reaction from the Rhino to be absolutely brilliant, however.
- The Rhino focuses a lot on control, which can lead to a sacrifice in power. The Rhino doesn’t have the same pin-mixing explosions you might hope for in a heavier handed ball like the Storm Code Black or similar. This may lead to a lot more wobbling splits than a ball with a bigger, more aggressive back end.
Hammer Black Widow Assassin Bowling Ball
Significantly cheaper than most of the other reactive resin balls on this list, the Hammer Black Widow Assassin is a strong, aggressive ball with some really great features. Its Gas Mask Core and Powerhouse polish finish make for a very aggressive continuous hook that doesn’t roll out. Available in 15 and 16 pounds, the Hammer Black Widow Assassin is clearly one of the best bowling ball on this list.
The Pros of the Hammer Black Widow Assassin Bowling Ball
- The Hammer Black Widow Assassin is a long-lasting ball with a reliable coverstock. It keeps going after hundreds of games and will last you through your league and then some.
- The Hammer is super smooth down the line until the Gas Mask core flips to give you the hard hook into the pins.
- The Hammer Black Widow Assassin offers good pin mix and heavy hitting.
The Cons of the Hammer Black Widow Assassin Bowling Ball
- The Hammer Black Widow Assassin can be weak on long patterns.
- The ball is only available in 15 and 16 pounds.
Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
Unlike any of the other bowling balls on this list, this Ebonite Maxim is plastic. Without a reactive surface, your ball won’t find any grip on the oil to get you a smooth hook. However, this ball deserves its entry onto this list as a fantastic spare ball. It is available in almost everything from 6 to 18 pounds. It is not the best bowling ball that money can buy, but it is incredibly cheap and will serve well for newbies just getting their footing.
The Pros of the Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
- Non-reactive plastics are the way to go for your brand new bowler. It will allow your favorite newbie to work on style, technique, and worry about hook and flair later on.
- The ball comes in nearly every weight you can imagine, which makes a great starter ball for a child or someone with weak wrists.
The Cons of the Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
- Unlike most Ebonite balls, the Ebonite Maxim is prone to splitting and cracking. Depending on your play style, you may want to consider a different spare ball or starter ball.
- The Ebonite Maxim only comes in one color combination, which is a pearlized, sparkling purple and blue.
Storm Crux Pearl Bowling Ball
With its asymmetrical core and ERG reactive coverstock, the Storm Crux Pearl is a great ball for even the oiliest of conditions. The reactive cover makes for a hard-hooking and hard-hitting ball that can curve beautifully through the back end. The Storm Crux comes in a variety of weights, ranging from about 13 pounds to 16 pounds.
The Pros of the Storm Crux Pearl Bowling Ball
- The combination of the asymmetrical core as well as the super reactive surface will create swooping curves in oily conditions. The Storm Crux can be an incredibly aggressive ball on the back end, even if the lanes are flooded.
- The Storm Crux Pearl is a very strong contender for the best bowling ball I’ve ever used for its long-lasting shine and consistency game after game.
- It comes scented with a hint of Storm’s root beer scent, which is one of my favorite scents. It covers up the weird, out of the box smell of bowling bowls and adds a pleasant surprise to your bag and your game.
The Cons of the Storm Crux Pearl Bowling Ball
- This heavy handed ball might be a little too strong for your house shot. However, on heavier patterns from a professional playbook, this ball is amazing.
- Not a good starter ball for new bowlers.
The top bowling ball is definitely the Storm Code Black Bowling Ball. There is something incredibly special about this bowling ball. The back end on the Code Black is something you have to see to believe. Its crushing pin action collides hard and last for a long time. I look forward to bringing this ball to my normal, heavy oil, Christmas tree patterned house and watch it tear up the back 20. This is certainly one of the top bowling ball I’ve ever owned!