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BOWLING TECHNOLOGY STUDY - CONCLUSION

Technology advancements in the bowling ball, the lanes, and oil conditions have made an impact on the sport during the last several decades, and recent studies by the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications team has shown the interaction of these factors are progressively growing out of balance, creating an integrity risk for the sport.

Following three years of research on how technology has affected the sport of bowling, the USBC Equipment and Specifications Committee established new specifications designed to sustain the playing field both currently and in the future.

The new specifications were announced at the 2018 USBC Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Click HERE for a summary of the bowling ball specification changes.

Click HERE to read about the conclusion of the research and for the specifications updates.

Click HERE for the news release announcing the new specifications for bowling balls.

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the new specifications.

Click HERE for the for the full Bowling Technology Study released in February 2018.

Click HERE to learn about the recent research related to balance holes and static weights.

A video examining the latest research and the new specifications:

 

 


VIDEOS
A look at the Bowling Technology Study through a series of six videos.

SECTION I: A Brief Examination of Technology in Bowling


SECTION II: A Study of RG and Differential RG 


SECTION III: The Impact of Balance Holes


SECTION IV: Bowling Ball Oil Absorption Study


SECTION V: League Simulation Study


SECTION VI - IX: Polls, Surveys, Focus Groups and Summary Conclusion
 


RESEARCH
The USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team spent more than two years doing in-depth research on bowling balls to determine the impact of ongoing technological advancements on the sport’s environment. USBC also discussed bowling technology with several groups involved in bowling through surveys and group discussions.

CORE TECHNOLOGY 

COVER TECHNOLOGY

INDEPENDENT SURVEY

An independent research company was engaged by USBC to conduct an independent, objective, and research-based analysis of the effects of technology in bowling with USBC members, pro shop operators and bowling proprietors.

Click here to read the survey results (PDF)