Enter the speed of the bowling ball, mass of the bowling ball, and contact distance into the calculator to determine the bowling ball’s force.

Bowling Ball Force Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Bowling Ball Force.

BBF = BBM * BBV^2 / CD
  • Where BBF is the bowling ball force (N)
  • BBM is the bowling ball mass (kg)
  • BBW is the bowling ball velocity (m/s)
  • CD is the distance of impact between the ball and pins (m)

To calculate the bowling ball force, multiply the ball mass by the ball velocity squared, then divide by the distance of impact between the ball and pins.

What is a Bowling Ball Force?


A bowling ball force is the total force exerted on the pins when the bowling ball strikes the pins.

How to Calculate Bowling Ball Force?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Bowling Ball Force.

First, determine the bowling ball mass. In this example, the bowling ball mass is found to be 7.5kg.

Next, determine the bowling ball velocity. For this problem, the bowling ball velocity is found to be 2.75m/s.

Next, determine the distance of impact between the ball and pins. In this case, the distance is measured to be 1m.

Finally, calculate the Bowling Ball Force using the formula above:

BBF = BBM * BBV^2 / CD

BBF = 7.5 * 2.5^2 / 1

BBF = 46.875 N