The first time I saw a skull bowling ball was in the movie Mystery Men. One of the characters, the Bowler, had a skull bowling ball embedded with her father’s skull.
Ever since then, I have been watching out for skull bowling balls. I always imagined how cool it would be to walk up to the approach with a skull bowling ball in my hand and making a ten pin spare with it.
In this article, I have compiled 12 pictures of skull bowling ball designs you can purchase from your nearest pro shop.
But why would someone want to get a bowling ball with a skull embedded inside, or a bowling ball with skull designs? There are a few theories out there (though I suspect some of them are just marketing ploys):
1. To intimidate your opponent
Honestly I don’t think a skull bowling ball would really be useful if you don’t make the shot. I would be more intimidated by someone who can convert a split. Even if he was wearing pink bowling shoes and using a Barbie doll bowling ball.
2. An excellent conversation piece
I have to admit that it would be really cool to have one of these balls. It certainly attracts attention. I can imagine other bowlers staring as the skull bowling ball is rolling down the lane. I can imagine all my friends wanting to try bowling with such a ball.
3. To make a statement
Some bowlers just love skulls, tattoos, body piercings and all related designs. Having a skull bowling ball just suits their image.
4. Collectors and novelty seekers
Did you know that production for the skull bowling ball was stopped a few years ago, and these bowling balls were sold at $500 on eBay? Thankfully you can find manufacturers producing skull bowling balls again.
There are two kinds of skull bowling balls. The first type is an artificial skull placed inside a clear coated polyester coverstock. The second type is a regular bowling ball emblazoned with skull patterns and designs.
Okay, enough talking. Here are the 12 skull bowling ball designs I found. Which is your favorite?