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Top Bowling Balls For Hooking

Bowling is one of the games in the world that families can enjoy without worrying about hurting someone. It is a great getaway thing that you can plan with your friends and family in your local bowling alley to enjoy a friendly game along with your favorite beverages. Another great thing about bowling is that there is no age limit on who can play and who cannot.


What Is Hooking?

Hooking is making the ball go in a curved path, unlike a straight path, so it has more force and a better angle to hit a strike. It is a common technique, used by both pros and amateurs, and it works just fine in almost all conditions.

When a player hooks a ball, it gives an edge to the player by hitting the pins with greater force and with an effective angle. Especially, it is useful for the amateurs who are still new in the sport. The faults in their precision can be minimized by using hooking.

Since the development of the track and the ball, there are many areas in pin bowling where hooking is not effective now. The reasons vary from unfavorable floor to the speed of the line which hinders the balls from developing a hook along the way.

Now, here is a complete guide on how to develop this technique. It will show you how to manipulate the course of the ball once it hits the floor and rolled toward the pins. All you need to do is practice!


Top Bowling Balls For Hooking

Now, we will discuss the top bowling bowls that can help in developing the hook.

In the hindsight, it may seem like a simple task to choose a bowling ball. But there are so many factors that come into consideration when you are looking for a ball that could develop a perfect hook. The hook potential in a ball can help you manipulate its course before it hits the line and gets you a perfect strike. There are several options that you can choose from the market, but we will go through the ones with excessive hooking potential.

Coverstock is the outer layer of the ball that makes it behave in a certain way and define its movements. Coverstocks are made of different materials that vary in their properties.

Following are the common materials that are used in the preparation of coverstocks:

Reactive Resin
Particle (Proactive)
As stated earlier, different coverstocks perform differently once they hit the floor!

When two surfaces come into contact, there will be friction. When we think about hooking, the more friction a coverstock experiences in its contact with the lane, the more hooking potential it has. Apart from the coverstock material, the weight of the block is another factor that you need to consider to develop the perfect hook.

To get you in a perfect place to manipulate the course of the ball, we have shortlisted some of the balls with maximum potential for hooking. So, without further ado, let us take up each ball and see what they are made of.


Hammer Black Widow Legend

Hammer is the new family member in the Black Widow family. It is a great addition to the family of balls that hit pins quite hard. One of the great attributes about Hammer is that it is ideal for the heavy oil lanes. As you can remember from the earlier sections, a hook develops in a dry line. This is where Hammer shines because it can still manipulate its course in the oil field. So, this is your ball if the lanes in your nearby alley are heavily oiled.

If you are planning to take up other players of your alley by surprise this season, this ball has all the potential to give you special leverage to create a lasting hooking technique. On top of that, many professional players have given amazing reviews about this ball after playing intensively with it. Rest assured it will be in great hands once you take it out for a spin.

This ball is built to last and there is so much thought that went into it to make it a durable package. It features a Gas Mask that is wrapped in with Hybrid NBT coverstock that has a 1000 grit Abarlon finish.

The obvious reason we chose this ball over others is its ability to manipulate the sheer friction and turn it into the perfect hook you are looking for. On the other side, if you are looking for a ball to try your game on dry lanes, Hammer Black Widow would not work on them. When you take into the price that you are paying for this monster, it is a total bargain!


Extreme Hooking Potential

Revered by elite PBA players


Sturdy Look


Not a great ball on dry lanes


Dv8 Pitbull Bite

It is a great piece of engineering that does not shy out to perform on the lane all the time. It is quite a performer in the already well-received Pitbull lineup that offers supreme performance on heavy oil lanes without breaking a sweat. The name does pay homage to the fierce dog breed and bite even the middle lines with a jaw-breaking bite.

As far as the composition of this bully goes, it comes with a low RG asymmetric core composite fang coverstock with 1500 grit SiaAir micron pads. Loaded with high-end features like these, it is no wonder that this ball rules the central lines, even in the heavily-oiled lanes. The asymmetric core works its magic in both mildly to mediocre oiled lanes.

The ball rolls over to the goal like a dream because of its unique construction. The low RG of 2.486 with a differential of 0.055. the high friction produced at the point of impact makes this ball a dream to play hook with. The best-selling point of this beast is that it comes in five different sizes, from 12 pounders to 16lbs. This enables the bowlers from every age and size segment to enjoy playing with this ball.

For all the good stuff, you pay a hefty price but it is worth it. When you are looking for a premium experience, it is hardly a surprise to pay the top dollar. Just keep in mind that this is one of the best productions by the house of Dv8!


Superior Hooking Potential

A beast on highly-oiled lanes

Five size variants to choose from


Extreme look


Price is on the expensive side


Hammer Rip’d Solid

If you are wondering about your under-average performance on tricky lanes, this ball will save the day for you. It is one of the superb members of the Hammer family that do not disappoint and always provides on time. When it comes to the nature of the bowling balls, this is more on the aggressive side and manufacturers have done a great job with it.

This ball comes with Hammer’s latest RIP’D with flex-resin as an additive, along with ceramix surfacing process and carbon fiber outer core. This mil-grade core is attached with a long-lasting Aggression Solid CFI coverstock. The core is asymmetric which gives it a big advantage on the oil lanes. The result is catastrophic for the pins!

To get a handsome length and angle to the player of the breakpoint, the Rip’d Solid comes with a low RG with a high differential. This ball comes in five different size variants which is a big plus because you can get one that matches your playing style. Also, the color variants are three, including blue, black, and orange.

On heavy oil lanes, this ball is a complete monster for hooking. You will find excellent mid-lane traction along with an unrelenting roll down the lane. This allows it to go with an extreme hook and almost no effort at all.

It is a budget-friendly model, so it is ideal for those who do not want to spend too much on a pinball. Rip’d Solid does not come pre-drilled but once you are done drilling holes in it, you will enjoy every time you throw a hook with it.


Extremely reliable core and coverstock

Offers superb midline traction


Multi-color choices

Multiple-weight variants

Unmatched for heavy oil lanes


Does not go well on dry lanes


Track Alias

With its new dimensional design and superior hooking power, Track Alias provides impeccable control and movement to your game without much effort. This versatile ball is one of the best that Track has ever made. The awesome engineering that went into this makes it a favorite for all types of lanes, which is a great plus when you compare it to the other candidates on this list.

The coverstock is Prime Hybrid with Alias’ signature core and has 500/2000 Abralon finish. The main feature that makes this ball stands out from the crowd is how it performs extremely well in both dry as well heavily oiled lanes. You can create a lot of friction and multiple angles by creating hooks with this beast in the alley.

Track Alias is a must for those who are aggressive players on heavy lanes. It has unending hooking potential but it requires a favorable condition to do its magic.

When we talk about the variants, this ball comes in four different specifications, ranging from 12lbs to 16lbs. So, this is a natural winner for advanced players who compete on regional and national levels. For the players that have a high rev rate, this is a great companion for both house shots and sports patterns.

All great things about Alias aside, this is an expensive piece. Now, for those who are still on a budget, it could be a tough decision. But you need to keep in mind that this ball makes it up when it comes to bang for your buck.


Amazing Hooking Potential


Versatile (good for all lane conditions)

Aggressive Ball


Price is steeper when compared to other options

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