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Why Do I Care About Ball Layouts?

You are focused strictly on bowling.  Why attempt to understand the details of laying out a ball?  Well, you may be able to enhance your expertise in your sport.  Simply put, your ability to provide data and objectives clearly, your ball driller is better equipped to prepare a ball that enhances your ball performance.

You want to be able to express specific information and the desired ball motion that will meet your objectives.  This specific information helps your ball driller satisfy those objectives.  Understanding proper layout options, aid in matching your ball to the lane conditions you encounter.  You can design the skid, hook and roll shape on a given lane condition.

Every Bowler is Unique

Individual bowlers using the same ball may play totally differently on the same lane conditions due to varied ball speeds, rev rates, axis rotations and axis tilts.  Additionally, balance hole placement, ball surface preparation and how well these components match the lane surface conditions and conditioner pattern assist in getting a greater performance from your equipment.

Selecting A Ball Driller

You can enhance your performance with a better comprehension of your individual nuances, your ball selection and how it is drilled.  Good ball drilling involves training and skill.  Training matters!  Skill matters!

There are many ways drillers layout balls.  Some do not serve you well, while others are basic, and still other layouts that help you get the most out of your equipment.

Ball Layout Methodologies

As studied over the years, relatively versatile and accurate methodologies have emerged that can enhance ball performance.  This layout technique's primary advantage is that when applied by a knowledgeable and skilled ball driller, each component of the ball reaction; skid, hook and roll, can be controlled.

How you layout a bowling ball for drilling can seem mystical.  A properly layout design is based on the physics of the ball, and the interactions of how the ball is drilled, and how it is released by the bowler.  The detailed physics can seem complex.  IBPSIA certified technicians make it seem like magic, or that they are performing complex mathematical computations before drilling a bowling ball. Aactually, good technicians apply the physics of both ball and bowler.

Only a knowledgeable and skilled ball driller may fully understand the intricate components of this applied physics, but the average bowler should at least understand the basics of how these five components affect the effectiveness of their bowling ball, and how to utilize them to their advantage.

Let's Do It

Enhanced ball performance can increase the enjoyment of your sport.  So letís get started.

  • Matching Ball Layout to Conditions
  • Understanding Ball Layouts
  • Bowler Positive Axis Point (PAP)
  • Horizontal and Vertical Coordinates
  • Core Placement and Ball Reaction
  • Ball Layout Techniques
    • Label Drilling, no PAP, no Balance Hole
    • Pin-CG Drilling Known Pin, PAP, and CG, no Balance Hole
    • Pin-CG Drilling Known Pin, PAP, and CG, Balance Hole Required
    • Pin-MB Known Pin, PAP, MB
    • Dual Angle, Pin, PAP, MB
    • Balance Hole
  • Balancing the Ball