We’re living in a world where people work hard so they can play hard, and for so many people, bowling is a thing to work hard for. However, that doesn’t mean it costs thousands of dollars to get into a fun and timeless sport.
In this article, you will find all that you need to help you get into the game or improve your game with the best new bowling balls of 2020 which we have listed here! From A-Z we’ve made sure to acknowledge all the game-changers and give you a good idea of what’s out there this year. Whether you like an asymmetrical core, a heavy oil, mid-low performance, we got them all right here to get you ready for an awesome new season of bowling glory.
1. New Storm Bowling Balls
Storm has a wide selection of bowling balls that range from High Performance, Mid Performance, and Entry-level balls and has been a top retailer in the bowling ball market for over 30 years. They produce excellent quality products and are also huge supporters of Breast Cancer Awareness!
# Storm Pro-Motion
Through months of testing, the team at Storm has come up with this dynamic symmetrical ball which has many unique characteristics and is a favorite of Jason Belmonte, one of the best players known to the bowling world. This ball has been built to withstand all the tests on time and heavy use on the lanes including the use of oil frequently. It contains a piston core which enables it to corkscrew as it rolls by creating helical arches. Storm Pro-Motion is definitely one of the best new bowling balls on the market and an excellent choice for any bowler, no matter their experience level.
# Storm AstroPhysix
Now here is a bowling ball that just can’t stay out of the reviews! The Storm AstroPhysix is one of the most discussed balls by professional players and tour players. This ball was not built for the sake of building a new ball, it was tailored to suit the needs of the best bowlers and what they demand. What they demand is, of course, amazing quality. With its perfectly continuous shape, the AstroPhysix is great for hitting right where you want it to hit every time, plus its tough as nails and looks incredible too! This is a ball that just doesn’t quit.
2. New Hammer Bowling Balls
A division of Ebonite International, Hammer bowling balls are mid to high performance and release magnificent new lines of products onto the market regularly. They are built to outlast the lanes and the competition with 3-year warranties on their amazing carbon fiber infused bowling balls.
# Hammer Statement Hybrid
If you want to make a statement, the Hammer Statement Hybrid is the ball for you! It packs one hell of a punch with its bottom-heavy core, giving it the ability to hold on to all the energy for as long as possible. Earing itself many excellent reviews in the bowling community, Hammer bowling has once again produced a top-quality bowling ball with the Statement Hybrid. Fans of Hammer bowling, and beginners alike would be wise to add a Hammer Statement Hybrid to their collection.
# Hammer The Sauce
With a name like “The Sauce” how could you go wrong, right? Now, this ball provides more traction with its Aggression Solid CFI than any of the wide range of coverstock that Hammer has on the market. Get some heavy oil on this baby and you’ll be cruising down the lane with incredible precision and is well known to have been taking charge of the bowling scene since its creation. Coming in weights between 12-16lbs, this is a bowling ball that just keeps on giving.
# Hammer Vibe Orange
Taking all the 5-star reviews, Hammer has come up with yet another awesome new bowling ball in the Vibe series with the Vibe Orange. As usual, the USBC approved Vibe Orange is crafted with carbon fiber and has the standard warranty of three years to help seal the deal on its obvious quality. Wrapped in Hammer’s amazingly durable CT reactive Plus coverstock giving it that overall perfection in a mid-performance bowling ball. Weighing in between 12-16 lbs and dazzling with its 2000 Abralon Polished factory finish, the Vibe Orange is definitely a keeper.
3. New Brunswick Bowling Balls
Contributing majorly to bowling becoming the sport that it is today, Brunswick has also taken a leading role in manufacturing some of the best bowling balls that money can by. For over 100 years Brunswick has been helping the sport to grow and thrive, and they haven’t skipped a beat when it comes to the manufacturing of their own line of bowling balls.
# Brunswick Hero
Sticking close to the name, the Hero harbors a Contra core which gives it some seriously heroic motion in the mid-lane as well as the backend and sports a glorious Activator Plus 2.0 Pearl coverstock. This is a ball that has been built to last and comes with the first 4-year warranty the bowling ball industry has ever seen. The thing that makes this Contra core so incredible is its features Durability Optimization Technology, which gives it an unrestricted drill area unlike anything we’ve seen before. In fact, its so new that the DOT is still a patent-pending technology. If you want to experience the very latest in epic quality, then let the Brunswick Hero take you for a ride.
# Brunswick Vintage Vapor Zone Solid
Why retire a good thing? The vintage vapor zone solid is making a come back and combining old favorites with new technologies. Taking that classic tried and tested Zone Asymmetrical core and working it into the new DynamiCore used in the newer models of the series, the Vintage Vapor Zone is taking the best of two worlds. Now, this is a ball that shells out the easy length and a great backend motion all the way to the pins, making sure to vaporize all of the competition. Using a slicker oil is suggested with his beauty and a good cleaning after every use will keep it in excellence condition.
# Brunswick Jagged Edge Hybrid
Yet another in the line of impressive bowling balls from Brunswick, the Jagged Edge Hybrid breaks through the heads very easily and hits hard without losing any of its power. A go-to for many serious bowlers, it rolls beautifully all the way through the lane with its symmetrical core that gives the bowler control of its reactions. Its price also makes it a great option for league and tournament bowling and its definitely easy on the eyes as well. It goes fantastic with the Jagged Edge Solid and having both in your bag gives any bowler an excellent advantage.
4. New Motiv Bowling Balls
Motiv has one of the most dedicated followings of bowlers and owners or bowling alleys in the bowling community who wouldn’t dare of owning or stocking anything but Motive bowling balls. As a company, Motiv has come a long way since the release of the SX1 and TX1 in 2008.
# Motiv Ripcord
This ball is made with the intention of creating as much of an angle and continuation down the lane and knocking out those pins as possible. Working best with and medium oil, the Ripcord rocks those angles with grace and style. The newest development of the pearl coverstock technology, the Infusion Reactive cover makes the Ripcord move like no other and the Oblivion core is tuned accurately so that it doesn’t flare too little or miss those breakpoints. Adding to the perfect angle, the massive flip block located on the bottom of the core does exactly what it’s meant to do time after time.
# Motiv Covert Tank
It’s a well-known fact that urethane has an obvious weakness, Motiv made it their mission to create the best cover imaginable which provides a strength seen in traditional urethane and also gives it much more versatility. Nope, its not urethane, and no its not reactive resin either! Its is a specially formulated microcell polymer capable of slowly absorbing oil over a period of time which creates a better continuation that takes the Covert Tank all the way through the pins like a boss. The tough Torx weight block makes it far more versatile than works optimally for many players bowling styles.
# Motiv Thrill Wine/Magenta
Taking advantage of the lighter oils, the Thrill gives each bowler better length and control on high friction and dry lanes. One feature in particular that makes the Thrill Wine and Magenta Pearl outstanding is the 5500 Grit LSP surface with complements its new Flux weight block giving it a high RG delay reaction. Not only is it great on the lanes, but it’s also great on the wallet. These factors make it a fantastic first new bowling ball for new players, as well as a solid go-to for competitors with a higher rev that experienced players will appreciate.
5. New Roto Grip Bowling Balls
Redefining the sport of bowling and coming up with new and innovative tactics to improve the play for every level of bowler is something that Roto Grip has been all about since their inception. With the sole purpose of giving players an advantage, Roto Grip is always working on finding a way to help their customers dominate the lanes with precision and style.
# Roto Grip Halo Vision
Utilizing that proven and glorious Centrum core that first made its appearance in the original Halo Roto Grip bowling ball but this time it comes wrapped in a completely different coverstock. The eTrax-H19 Hybrid Reactive Coverstock gives this ball the ability to move around different parts of the lane while also offering a stable oil footprint and also maintaining a great response to friction reaction. Whether the lane conditions are medium and heavy, the Roto Grip Vision Halo is an excellent complement to the original Halo ball in any players bag.
# Roto Grip Idol Pro
Gotta love that eTrax-S19 cover am I right? The Roto Grip Idol Pro has all the traction a good bowling ball needs, plus the newly designed Ikon weight block is a low RG with an amazing high differential design that gets revved up quickly and gives out a whole lot of flare potential. If you prefer to bowl with a heavier volume pattern, then the Roto Grip Idol Pro is an excellent choice to think about and take for a spin. It performs fantastically when paired with Medium-Heavy oil and has been earning itself five-star ratings all around the bowling community.
# Roto Grip MVP
Roto Grip didn’t pick a name lightly when it came to finding one for the MVP. This is a new ball from their epic line that is responsive and as versatile as any level of player needs it to be, just like a real MVP on the team. The goal in the construction of this ball was to make it practical for both transitioning as well as a stronger ball that excels on higher friction lanes as well as a variety of different conditions. The new take on the symmetric core, the Neutron NXT is similar to the core found in the Wrecker series, this time with a higher RG.
6. New Radical Bowling Balls
When the world demanded better bowling balls, Radical Bowling answered the call valiantly. With the sole objective being to create bowling balls for the geeks of bowling, the physicists who work hard into the inner cores and technical sides of bowling ball performance, and the bowlers who want to get the best for their money.
# Radical Conspiracy Hybrid
Armed with the glory of Brunswick’s state-of-the-art outer core technology called DynamiCore, the Radical Conspiracy Hybrid consists of one of the more durable outer materials that can be found on the market that also produces less compression when hitting the lanes and channeling more raw power that is clear in the sound difference and the way it takes out those pins! This ball has a ball motion that holds the hybrid name true with its perfect fit between a solid ball and a pearl. It also uses the same core as the Conspiracy and wrapped in the cover used with the Forged 2 Hybrid.
# Radical Counter Attack Pearl
There are only a few little details in the design of the Counter Attack Pearl that set it apart from the core of the original Rack Attacks. The continuation through pins has been tweaked to enhance it all for the better. But why change a good thing with the Ai-20 formulation in the coverstock? The new Rack Attack 2 Symmetric core design is unmatched in performance and as usual the ball can be purchased in weights between 12-16lbs. It’s got a beautiful Pearl Reactive cover type and that 500&1000 Siaair/Crown Factory finish is something to behold.
7. New Ebonite Bowling Balls
Having always been a big leader in the bowling ball world, Ebonite has many products on the market and owns several companies that are held in high regard amongst the bowling community. Hammer Bowling, Columbia 300 and Track are just a few worth mentioning. A go-to for many, the extensive line of Ebonite Bowling Balls are crafted to perfection and are just stunning in performance.
# Ebonite Futura
Once more we see Ebonite using the GSV-1 Hybrid shell previously used in the Choice, this time, however, paired with a new block weight and that epic symmetrical Futura HD core. The idea for the core came from one series that the brand is very well known for, Game Breaker. It performs at its best when paired with medium-heavy oil that still allows it quite a bit of traction as it soars down the lanes. Increasing the differential from 0.0048” to 0.053” has given the Futura even more flare potential on the track with strong midlane control and an equally strong backend.
# Ebonite Destiny Pearl
Now this is a solid work of art! Ebonite has never ceased in manufacturing epic bowling balls that give you the most bang for your buck and the Destiny Pearl is keeping holding that pearl of reality strong. It comes wrapped in the ever-trustworthy Ebonite GB 11.2 coverstock only requires medium oil to perform at its highest. Plus, it’s absolutely gorgeous cruising down the lanes in black, red or blue. With excellent balance and control Ebonite has, yet again, provided players with a ball they can really be proud of and show off at any event no matter the rank.
8. New Dv8 Bowling Balls
Dv8 has got to have one of the best “manifestos” or About Us page online. They make their bowling balls sound cool, and they are cool. They’re really cool! They look cool, they play cool and generally the players who choose to stock their bags with Dv8 bowling balls are pretty frickin’ cool. They encourage the yelling at a ball because, “shouting at a ball will make it strike more.” And what a great philosophy that is.
# Dv8 Night Prowler
Now here is a ball that looks as deadly as the name suggests. It comes in a stunning Onyx and Sterling Silver mix which gives it a look going down that lane to make the pins want to get out of the way before it even strikes. The Divergent Core which features DOT as well as DynamiCore gives it the speed and determination it needs to work exactly how you want it to. It’s got a bit more of an angular spin to it due to the N-Forcer SF as opposed to the original Prowler, and it’s got one of the warranties in the bowling world. You are guaranteed to get 4 years out of this ball, and in those four years, you will enjoy everything it has to offer.
The DOT engraving creates a completely unrestricted drill area, and weighing in from 12-16 pounds this is a ball perfect for leagues, tournaments, or just a Friday night out with the gang to have some fun on the lanes.
# DV8 Instigator
Dv8 is really loving that DynamiCore and its no wonder why. As Brunswick’s leading innovator of outer core technology, this core makes all Dv8 balls designed with it more durable and provides far less compression upon impact which jacks it up with even more hitting power. The Instigator is a Maximum Hook ball that works best with a heavy oil lane and also comes with that wonderful 4-year warranty. The Solid Reactive coverstock keeps it sleek and rolling like a pro all the way down the lane with tremendous force and a sound and pin carry that is something to behold. This ball really lives up to the name because when you set it free down the lanes, it is looking for a fight, and it never ceases to amaze. Once again, Dv8 has provided another epic ball to add to their collection.
9. New Track Bowling Balls
Another offshoot of Columbia 3000 industries, which transferred to Ebonite International, Track Bowling balls are made with precision and expertise as well as a dedication to the sport so many players know and love. They don’t just make superior bowling balls; they make bowling balls that will compliment whatever selection you’ve got in your bag. With many different options in weights, coverstock, colors, and cores, there is something for every type of bowler in the vast array of Track bowling balls.
# Track Tactix Hybrid
Before the Tactix Hybrid, the original Tactix was capable of taking those pins out from many different angles regardless of medium to heavy oil patterns and was always a dependable choice for any player. The new Tactix, however, is even more of a proven winner with its Starship core that serves to create the Tactix Hybrid. It gives a player a length that is easy to achieve through the front section of the lanes and was made to incorporate that heavy mid-lane roll as well. It is an asymmetrical ball core which enables it to create a medium mass bias strength and an enhanced direction change.
# Track Heat Lava
Not only does this addition to the Track Heat series look like it just flew out of a pit of lava, but it also plays like one too. This thing is on fire! Best suited for medium oil patterns, the new Modified Tri-Core gives this ball a bit more range and flexibility than many others. It’s got a low differential, which when combined with the medium RG dishes out all kinds of energy from the backend and keeping it consistent every time it makes a sweep down the lanes. The core design is very similar to that of the original Heat, but with a lowered flare potential and a stronger cover.
10. Columbia 300 Bowling Balls
Columbia 300 has got a great name for themselves and are represented by many pro members such as Scott Norton, Tom Hess, and PWBA Clara Guerrero. Owned by Ebonite International, a parent company known for its high quality and very durable bowling balls, we expect to see Columbia 300 remaining hot in the bowling scene for many years to come.
# Columbia 300 Chaos Black
This Columbia 300 ball really does spell Chaos for the pins that stand in its way, as well as the competition. With the same coverstock on their high-performance Savage line, it is very aggressive and shells out a very responsive mid-lane reaction that follows through to the breakpoint. Usually, Columbia 300 goes for eye-catching colors and the performance to turn heads, but with this all-black design, it tends to surprise those who weren’t expecting so much from a black ball! Not to mention the HyperSHOCK core that is still patent-pending makes its way through the pocket like a boss.
# Columbia 300 Beast Blue/Black/White
For the love of nostalgia, and a great thing, Columbia 300 has brought back the Beast line with some all-new features, not only the colors. Equipped with an all-new lightbulb fashioned weight block just like the originals, the new core does have a new spin on the old design. Wrapped with the new patent-pending HyperSHOCK technology core, the Columbia 300 Beast is a fantastic Lower-Mid Performance bowling ball that is definitely worth checking out for any lover of bowling, whether you are a beginner or a pro.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How often should you get a new bowling ball?
A. If you take the time to maintain your ball, scuffing and re-polishing the surface after every 30 games or so, you could be able to keep your ball rolling for anywhere between 5 to 10 years! Each ball is different, as is each player and each throw, so, many players find that they prefer to buy a new bowling ball every two or three seasons. Depending on the quality of your bowling ball and personal preference, proper maintenance of your ball will keep in great shape for a longer period of time.
Q. Where to buy new bowling balls?
A. One of the best options if you want to shop for a new bowling ball is online! Not only you can look around for different prices for the value, but you can view far more brands than you might see in one shop if you went to a retailer. In order to decide which ball is right for you, check out our “Bowling ball buying guide“
Q. How much does a new bowling ball cost?
A. Buying a new professional bowling ball will usually run you around $150 to upwards of $300 for something that you can enter the major leagues of the sport with, as well as last a long time without any wear and tear. However, there are also great bowling balls that cost much less if you are just a beginner but want to invest in a quality ball to start out with. One major factor in the price of your ball is, of course like anything else, the brand you decided to go for.
Q. What are the things to look for in a new bowling ball?
A. One of the best tips when looking for a new ball is to make sure that the ball is approximately 10% of your body weight, though most pro bowlers tend to go for the 16 pounders. It all really depends on your skill level and bowling preference. Your best bet is to shop around and find a grip you like, a weight you are comfortable with, and the type of ball you prefer.
Q. How much should it cost to drill a new bowling ball?
Having your new ball drilled can cost anywhere between $50-$70 dollars. That is before you have finger inserts installed, thumb slugs or any kind of custom drills.
Q. How will the new USBC rules affect bowling balls?
There have been a number of new specifications being implemented into the bowling community for pro players in tournaments. New oil absorption rules have been set as well as the elimination of balance holes and increased weight allowances. Bowlers now have to be aware of these specifications and will have seven months to plug any balance holes to be in compliance with the new rule coming into effect Aug 1st 2020.
# Wrap Up
Just like with any sport or hobby, each person has different demands, preferences, and tricks that they have honed. It’s not always an easy task to choose a new bowling ball, especially when there are just so many options available from so many companies. All things being said, you really just gotta go by what you like and what feels right to you. Every ball in a line is crafted to perfection and has different qualities to it than the next one. Maybe you’ll find one that has lasted for years and has never let you down so when you go out looking to add another ball to your collection you might want to try to find one just like it, or maybe you’ll want something different. The choice is yours! But know this, variety is the spice of life and it never hurts to expand your repertoire and knowledge of everything the market has to offer you, because trust me, it has a whole lot to offer.
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