Urethane Bowling Balls | Are They a Crutch or a Staple In The Bag??

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In this video we go over the controversial topic that is Urethane bowling balls. This topic seems to be 50/50 but I am on the side of Urethane being a staple in the bag! Let me know what you guys think on this topic!

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9 Comments on “Urethane Bowling Balls | Are They a Crutch or a Staple In The Bag??”

  1. When reactives hit the scene in the 90s, and started winning just about every tour event, people called reactives a crutch as well. It took a few years, but eventually urethane balls almost completely went away for a very long time, because reactives were just better on the PBA patterns and house shots of the day. Now that people are beginning to rediscover urethane again, and how useful it can be on those shots specifically designed to thwart reactive balls, people act as if the reactive balls they’re using now weren’t the crutch that killed off urethane the first time around. If using a ball best suited for the pattern is a “crutch”, then using reactives on a house shot is a crutch… and using plastic for corner pins is a crutch… and using urethane on short oil is a crutch. Or you could just call it what it is… using the ball that’s going to give you the best chance to have the highest possible score.

    1. My ball speed is 12-13 mph. I throw a big hook. The newer reactive resin balls I can not keep on the lane. The ball just hooks in the Gutter.

      I have to use the older urethane bowling balls just to keep my thumbless delivery alive.

      If the League bowling no longer allows urethane balls, I don’t know what to do.

      I do know if you have good skills, you do not need a Reactive ball to hook for you.

      I think, reactive balls are for the non – skilled bowlers.

      Wood lanes the oil patter dried on the back part of the lane.

      Now with reactive, the lanes breakdown front part of the lane.

      If I have to loft the ball, I will throw out my back.

  2. Honestly, combo’ing this video with that from the Creating the Difference CEO, Mr. Ronald Hickland, Jr., from yesterday, is an incredible overall take. Urethane is a staple in the bag for anyone that takes the game seriously. It’s as versatile as anything reactive and is still highly dependent on bowler skill. Yes, we see high urethane usage on Tour. Yes, we see a high percentage of urethane usage at regionals and at tougher tournaments. But, they’re proven to work. I personally keep one in the bag(s) regardless and plan to add at least one more urethane before the end of year.

    It may not necessarily be best for league patterns (and people do get pretty mad when it’s used), but it works.

    Appreciate the video opinion, Luis. Hope to see you get the opportunity to test vid on the newer urethanes to come in the next few months.

  3. Absolutely agree that Urethane isn’t a light oil ball… it needs oil to get through the front part of the lane or it will over hook like crazy. I personally don’t love urethane on the house shot because it’s extremely over under for me, but I love it on tougher stuff! Pitch Black is a staple in my bag and use it as a spare ball too, probably going to add the Fast Pitch as well too!

  4. Since I’ve come to college, my love for urethane has skyrocketed. Playing straight, playing up the side, it’s amazing. Moving left has never been my strong suit, and playing straighter angles really is the move on sport

  5. I will start by saying that I completely agree with you that urethane is a tool and there are certain patterns and situations where urethane is just the better look. Having said that though, that doesn’t stop it from also being a crutch at the same time. Let’s face it, the vast majority of bowlers are not playing on sport patterns that are difficult to play with reactive. You said yourself that urethane isn’t needed on house patterns. However when your average league bowler sees their favourite pro, or YouTube reviewer say that urethane is necessary, they think that it is necessary for them, which just isn’t the case. It’s a difficult balance to find but I don’t think it’s as simple as the answer being one or the other.

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