Activities Sports & Athletics Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball A Review Share PINTEREST Email Print Photo courtesy of Ebonite Sports & Athletics Bowling Basics Technique Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jef Goodger Jef Goodger is a bowling enthusiast who works as a writer, commentator, and producer for Xtra Frames, the Professional Bowlers Association streaming service. His writings feature on various websites, such as Pinterest. our editorial process Jef Goodger Updated November 25, 2017 The Bottom Line One of the best plastic balls available that is far more versatile than you might think. Pros Inexpensive Very versatile for a plastic ball Consistent in its behavior Cons Low price can hurt its reputation Description Cover stock: plastic Finish: high polish Color: multiple options Ideal lane conditions: dry Price: $30-$50 Guide Review - Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball The general feeling on plastic bowling balls is "A plastic ball is a plastic ball." To some extent, that's accurate, but the Ebonite Maxim breaks the stereotype. Yes, the ball rolls straight. That is when you tell it to. On very dry lanes, this ball is capable of being your strike ball. I recently bowled a series with this ball on extremely dry lanes playing a simple line from the 10 board right into the pocket. I was impressed by the pin action this ball was able to create. Conversely, on freshly oiled lanes, this ball goes exactly where you throw it. Granted, I do make a couple finger-position adjustments when going from trying to hit the pocket to trying to pick up a 10 pin, but that speaks to the versatility of the ball. When people say a plastic ball is a plastic ball, they generally mean it goes straight and that's all there is to it. The Ebonite Maxim does that and much more. This ball is a very important part of my arsenal, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who's looking for a plastic ball.