Best Bowling Balls 2020

When considering what makes the best bowling ball, there are many aspects to keep in mind. Different types of bowlers need different types of bowling balls depending on bowling style and proficiency.

A hook bowler would not be looking for a straight/spare ball, and a beginner likely would not be in the market for an aggressive hooking ball designed for professionals. When setting out to find the best balls for the year, we felt like we needed to consider the different styles and skill levels to create several categories - in addition to a list of the overall top bowling balls.

We decided to break down our top picks into categories. This way there would be recommendations for anyone looking for a new bowling ball or their first. There is something in this list for everyone whether you are looking for consistency, an aggressive hook, fun colors and scents, or affordability.

Our Top Picks for Bowling Balls

Best ball for the price

Storm PHYSIX

Pros

  • Consistent over a variety of oil patters
  • Fits all bowling styles
  • Very smooth hook

Cons

  • Slow hook for certain types of bowlers

The PHYSIX is a dynamic and powerful bowling ball. With an enhanced intermediate differential, it feels like the ball is doing all of the work.

Most aggressive ball

Hammer Fugitive

Pros

  • Aggressive hook
  • Best ball for heavy oil conditions
  • 3 Year Warranty

Cons

  • Not for beginners

The Hammer Fugitive has the Gas Mask Core which may to be the most successful core in bowling history. And for good reason. We found that the aggressive, battle tested cover along with the Gas Mask Core created incredible movement through the back end.

Best reactive bowling ball

Motiv Venom Shock

Pros

  • Wide range of weights (12 to 16 lbs)
  • Quicker response time  
  • Dual-density core amplifies ball motion

Cons

  • Not the best option for heavy oil conditions

Considered by many to be the best reactive bowling ball on the market. And we agree. The dual-density weight block and hybrid reactive cover, together in this ball, make for a powerful combination. Great for light to medium oil - making it a very versatile ball.

Best beginner ball

Brunswick Rhino Reactive

Pros

  • Great for all bowling conditions from dry to oily
  • Affordable Price
  • Comes in many color choices

Cons

  • Lower hook potential

The Brunswick Rhino is a reactive resin ball that is well-suited for beginners. It is said to have the perfect balance between power and control giving you enhanced performance bowling in all conditions and alleys. This is why it is our choice for best bowling ball for beginners.

Runner-Up Choice for Best Bowling Ball for Beginners

Storm Code X

Pros

  • Great Torque
  • Versatile across many lane conditions
  • Unique cinnamon fragrance

Cons

  • Not the most aggressive hook

Storm’s RAD4 core offers high speed as well as high torque giving you great performance in many different lane conditions. The Code X’s versatility makes it an ideal option for those new to the sport as well as experienced pros.

Best Ball for Straight Bowlers - Top 3

Hammer Widow Spare Ball

Pros

  • Great for light oil conditions
  • Low hook potential

Cons

  • A little pricey

The Widow Spare is a performance polyester ball. It makes a great straight rolling hammer for straight bowlers.


Brunswick TZone Deep Space

Pros

  • Outstanding accuracy
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Not the best ball for heavy oil conditions

The TZone is a very durable ball that offers a lot of fun color options. The price makes it a great entry-level ball that doesn’t sacrifice on accuracy – great for straight bowlers.


Storm Clear Electric Blue

Pros

  • Budget friendly
  • Unique look

Cons

  • Will see scratches and scuffs

When it has to be straight, this is the ball for you. If you’re a straight bowler, this ball does exactly what you want it to do. This polyester ball stays the course on oily lanes.

Best ball for the price

The following are our top 3 picks for best bowling ball for hook:

  • Hammer Fugitive
  • Motiv Venom Shock
  • Storm Code X

Each of these balls were reviewed in previously mentioned categories. You can scroll up to see our reviews as well as the pros and cons of each ball. The truth is, any of these balls would be a great pick if you bowl with a hook (or want to!).

Conclusion

With so many types of bowling balls that fall in a wide range of prices and come with varying features, it can be intimidating and frustrating knowing which ball to get that will be perfect for you. Whether you are a straight bowler, bowl with a hook, typically bowl in oily conditions or dry conditions, like aggressive balls or reactive balls, are a beginner or a seasoned bowler, there are balls specifically designed for you preferences, styles, and skill level. These are our top picks and as long as you pick from the correct category, you won't be disappointed with any of these options.