The radius of gyration is defined as the square root of the moment of inertia divided by mass of the object. You don't have a clue what this has to do with bowling? Welcome to the club! If you would like to learn what friction, rotation, mass properties, flare potential, etc. exactly means, or just want to enhance your knowledge, you are on the right website! USBC Technical Director, Neil Stremmel, has agreed to provide a series of articles to bring some light into the global darkness and to help explain basic definitions and terminology or to translate the physics definitions. In the first article, Nick Siefers, USBC Research Engineer, explains the "Core Properties".