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Each bowling-ball cover stock is meant for a specific purpose. Understanding each cover stock is vital to creating your ideal arsenal and establishing a consistent game.

1. Plastic Bowling Balls

Ebonite Maxim plastic bowling ball
Photo courtesy of Ebonite

Plastic cover stocks repel the oil on the lanes and are ideal for throwing straight, non-hooking shots. Many bowlers use plastic bowling balls to pick up spares.

2. Urethane Bowling Balls

Roto Grip Grenade urethane bowling ball
Photo courtesy of Storm Products, Inc.

Urethane bowling balls generate more friction with the lane than plastic and take a gradual path to the pocket.

3. Reactive Resin Bowling Balls

Hammer Jigsaw Corner reactive-resin bowling ball.
Photo courtesy of Hammer

Reactive-resin bowling balls soak up the oil, creating more hook potential than other cover stocks, thus entering the pocket at stronger angles with more strike potential.

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