Bowling Tips – How to maintain your Bowling Balls

Bowling TipsHow to maintain your Bowling Balls

If you are an avid bowler, you more than likely have at least 2 or more bowling balls. Premium bowling balls can cost more than $200.00 dollars. There are still bowlers who, when they leave the lanes toss their bag in the trunk and leave it there until the next time they bowl.

This is not only bad for the bowling balls; it does not allow you to properly maintain your equipment. At the very least, if you are in a cold climate, your fingers will be very cold until the ball warms up. In extreme cold conditions and can actually occur, bowling balls have been known to crack. In a warm climate tape in finger holes can melt, this will be very sticky, and hard to clean out.

A smart routine is to keep your bowling equipment in the house or at least a heated garage. Each time, before you bowl I suggest cleaning the surface of your bowling ball with either rubbing alcohol or a commercially available ball cleaning liquid. If the ball has a dull surface, I would wash it in warm water using “dutch cleanser” and a “scotch brite pad” the abrasives in the cleanser will actually restore the dull finish and allow the ball to react to the lanes as it is supposed to. If the ball has a polished finish, I would use the product recommended by the ball manufacturer to refinish the ball or ask your local proshop staff, in a pinch you can use the polishing machine at the bowling alley to refinish or shine your ball, however continuing to use these machines will, over time allow wax to build up and adversely effect ball performance. With all of my bowling balls I will check the grip, and if I use tape, I will replace with new tape so I’m sure I have the proper grip.

Properly maintaining your bowling balls, allows them to react to the lane conditions as they are intended and as you expect them too. You should bowl better and your equipment will last longer.