How much do you really need to know about bocce ball before buying a bocce ball set? What's necessary and what isn't? What's regulation and what's not? Do all bocce balls roll the same? Terrain, playing style, and more all come into play when picking the perfect set for you. Here's a quick overview of all the need-to-knows of buying bocce ball sets.
1. The size of a bocce ball is measured across the diameter and they come in a variety of sizes. Once you get a feel of what ball size feels right, shop accordingly; you'll find anything from 73 to 115mm. A standard bocce ball is 107mm in diameter and weighs 2 pounds.
2. Better materials mean higher durability. Most bocce balls are made of poly resin, the same material from which bowling balls are made. These won't chip or crack easily, but if you'll be playing with children or beginners, lighter molded plastic balls may be more suitable.
3. Large groups mean more teams, and more teams make it harder to tell balls apart. Most bocce ball sets have striped balls, with two different stripe patterns used on two colors of bocce ball. This results in four different varieties to easily keep track of four players or teams.
4. Bocce's not traditionally played on grass, but the fun can't always be confined to a regulation court! Purchase a pallino that measures 50mm or more in diameter - the larger size ensures that you and the other players can clearly see the ball in tall grass.
5. To keep your family bocce ball set in good condition and well organized, consider a bocce ball bag. There are many care and storage units available that feature pouches and comfortable carrying straps.
6. Glow-in-the-dark bocce ball sets bring a whole new level of fun and excitement to the game. If you throw late afternoon or evening parties, this can be a great way to keep the fun going long after the sun goes down.
7. Looking to go pro? You can't do it if you're not playing with the proper gear! Enthusiast and tournament bocce ball sets are made to regulation standards. Professional bocce sets feature 107mm bocce balls, and most come complete with a set of bocce rules for tournament play.
8. For the real bocce fan in your life, consider a personalized bocce ball set. Our personalized bocce sets feature your choice of name or personal message engraved on each ball.