PBA explains why it’s drastically hiking minimum hardness for urethane and ‘urethane-like’ balls in 2024
JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 1:10 pm
A hand-held durometer use to check bowling balls in the field for years. A reader sent it to me after reading my series of stories on urethane ball hardness. Photo by Jeff Richgels.
The PBA Tour may look very different in 2024 thanks to new rules governing urethane and “urethane-like” balls that were announced Tuesday in this PBA news release.
If it does look very different, fans who consider watching urethane balls being used on the PBA Tour “boring” may find a more exciting PBA in 2024.
The key change is hiking the minimum hardness at manufacturing from 73D to 78D, which may make balls like the PURPLE HAMMER and Storm PITCH BLACK not nearly...