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The kinetic engery of the ball as it travels down the lane is one half the mass of the ball times it's velocity squared (Ek = 1/2mv^2). If both balls are travelling at the same speed, a heavier ball will transfer more energy to the pin(s) it strikes than a lighter one. Imparting more energy to the pins will cause them to move faster (and possibly bounce around more) after impact.

However, the key to pin action (having one pin knock down another pin) is really ball trajectory. The motion of the pins after impact is esentially determined by the location where the ball strikes the pins (1-3 pocket, 1-2 pocket, etc.) and the direction the ball is traveling (and spinning) when it does so.

The goal is to select the heaviest ball you can deliver consistently.

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Not necessarily. Many professional bowlers currently bowl with 14 to 15 pound equipment because of the large number of games bowled during the year and the advances in equipment design that allow the lighter equipment deliver an impact of a heavier equipment ball.

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