Just like any sport, you’ll get a higher score if you take care of your bowling equipment. If you want that bowling ball to look as good as the ones they have at Strike, make sure that it is well maintained. Here are some tips.
How to Take Care of Bowling Balls
Bowling lanes are coated with oil so the ball rolls smoothly while protecting the surface. As you bowl, the ball picks up dirt, oil, grime and other particles. But you can remove these by applying polish. Let the polish settle for a minute or two then wipe it off with a clean towel.
Bowling balls should be stored once you’re done using it. If possible keep the ball far from direct sun exposure. Keep in mind that some bowling balls aren’t made to be used at temperatures higher than 80 F.
There are also balls which cannot be used at very cold temperatures. Freezing temperatures can lead to warping and cracks, similar to what happens when used at very high temperatures.
Temperature sensitivity is more likely in light balls than heavier ones. That’s why you need to be careful when and where you use the ball. This is one of those cases wherein your bowling alley choice makes a major difference.
Scratches and Dents
The slightest scratch or dent will affect the way the ball rolls and consequently your score. That’s why it is so important to take care of the ball and make sure that it isn’t damaged. Check for signs of cracks, warping or dents after using it.
Caring for Your Bowling Ball Shoes
Your bowling shoes need caring just like any other footwear. Clean the soles so you don’t slip and slide while wearing them. Don’t let dirt and grime accumulate as that makes the shoes slippery especially when used at a bowling alley.
Fortunately these shoes are easy to clean. All you have to do is combine warm water with a cleaning detergent. Clean thoroughly and apply polish to give it a nice shine. If your shoes are worn out then it’s time to replace them. Bowling shoes are available in bowling stores everywhere.
Even the best bowling ball and shoes won’t last for long if they’re not taken care of. As long as you take care of your gear, expect to get nothing but the best out of it..