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 Post subject: Ball weight for youth bowler
 Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:41 am Post Number: #1 Post
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Ok here's the issue, my daughter who is currently 12 years old 5'3.5" and weighs 118 lbs of lean muscle and bone, currently bowls with 12 lbs. She took a few days off after Jr Gold and this week we have begun to work on some physical game issues, mainly getting her power step out of her swing plane and smoothing out her swing so she doesn't pull the ball and releases it more from behind the ball. The Eileen's Bowling Buddies floor ovals have been very helpful with the walking.

Today she was doing great and after bowling 2 and a half games she asks me if she can try my 15 lbs ball just for fun. I told her to be careful but to go for it and oh what a smooth swing she did, released behind the ball with a few more revs and all. The ball weight doesn't allow her to pull it so swing and timing really smoothed out. I proceeded to put a hundred pieces of tape in the thumbhole and took out my phone for video and ball speed apps. Ball speed with 12 lbs is 14.5 mph monitor and with my 15 lbs with giant holes it's 13.5 mph monitor. She then proceeded to finish her third game with the 15 lbs ball and then rolled three more with great form and no loss in speed or revs. She wanted to keep going but I told her to stop because she had rolled a total of 6 games. It's been over 4 hrs now and she says nothing hurts. I am going to see how she feels tomorrow but am seriously considering increasing her ball weight. Does anyone know any similar cases of young girls bowling with heavy balls?

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 Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:34 am Post Number: #2 Post
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Tony, she has a good coach. Sounds like she uses rather than abused physics.
Results speak for themselves.

Bill Spigner wrote an analysis of Missy Parkin's game. Missy rolls 16 pound balls.
See May 2013
http://www.billspigner.com/articles

Missy's page.
Birthdate: December 9, 1981
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Height: 5’4’’
Weight: 126 lbs
College: California State University, Fullerton

http://www.missyparkin.com/about-me

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TonyPR wrote:
Ok here's the issue, my daughter who is currently 12 years old 5'3.5" and weighs 118 lbs of lean muscle and bone, currently, bowls with 12 lbs.

Typically, we have used their age or 10% of body weight as a guideline to proper weight ball for our young athletes.

You say that "The ball weight (15 lb) doesn't allow her to pull it so swing and timing really smoothed out.

If she is pulling the 12 lb ball then I suspect there that is a timing issue in her current form.

She rolled three more games with the 15 lb. ball with great form and no loss in speed or revs.

No loss in speed or revs.......not sure how to decipher that......is her release style similar to Verity Crawly or Daria Pajak's? if not I would stay with 12 lbs and let's improve the release. Otherwise, if we move our student's up in weight too soon they might never develop a stronger release (more modern release) but just throw a heavier ball with their current style of release.

I am going to see how she feels tomorrow but I am seriously considering increasing her ball weight?

Tony, I love your passion and efforts to grow youth bowling. I am going to pm you, my email address, send me her back and side video for a look see. This not to say you are not doing a great job with your daughter, just offering a second opinion.

Diandra Asbaty went back to 14 lbs for 15 lbs. This move helped her to increase both ball speed and rev rate, a move necessary for her to compete with the younger generation now on the PWBA tour.

I watched her bowl some while at the PWBA Detroit open, she was impressive with the change in ball weight. My guess is that she probably feels now that change was due long ago.


I saw a young lady at JOG this year, Jenna Williams (U20) from Florida. She threw the ball very hard, but she also had a very high rev rate that matched the ball speed. Very impressive!

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