How to Measure Finger Weight for Bowling Balls

How to Measure Finger Weight for Bowling Balls

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Increased finger weight can dramatically improve bowling performance.

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Finger weight is the center of gravity of a bowling ball relative to the finger holes. Positive finger weight allows you to harness additional power, sending your ball down the alley farther and with more speed. A dodo scale measures the static weight of bowling balls and can be used to measure finger weight. The United States Bowling Congress only allows finger weight up to one ounce. If your ball exceeds this weight it cannot be played during regulation tournaments.


Place your scale to where the weigher -- the circular ring where the ball is positioned -- is positioned facing towards the left. The beams to the right measure weight and balance.


Set your ball on the weigher with the finger holes facing upwards.


Draw a straight line between both the smaller finger holes. Mark the center point between this line. From that point, draw a line directly downwards, splitting the thumb hole in half.


Place the ball onto the weigher with the finger holes closest to the beams. Center the ball horizontally on the scale -- the horizontal axis is denoted by the line that splits the thumb hole.


Move the poise on the beam until the ball is balanced, the scale will be level when it is balanced.


Rotate the ball until the thumb hole is now closest to the beam to compare thumb weight to finger weight. Remeasure the weight. If the poise must be moved to the right, your ball has positive finger weight. If you have to move the poise to the left, you have negative finger weight.

Things Needed

  • Dodo Scale
  • Washable marker


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