Since its inception, bowling has indeed come a very long way. At one point, the only bowling accessories that a person needed was a pair of bowling shoes and a bowling ball, which have become more and more advanced as time has progressed. There are different kinds of bowling balls and shoes for every bowling style and skill level now.
However, these are no longer the only accessories a bowler can use to their advantage. Bowling accessories such as bowling gloves, wrist guards, finger hole inserts, and bowling ball cleaners cannot improve a bowler's technique, but can certainly give them advantages over other bowlers.
Bowling gloves are certainly an accessory that can be purchased that many bowlers take advantage of. There are a couple of options for bowling gloves. Some may opt for a full glove; while others prefer thumb or index finger support.
Individual finger supports guard the bowler's fingers from blisters and provide texture that helps improve the grip on the ball. Glove and finger supports also help prevent calluses that can be unsightly and painful as well.
A bowler may also choose to protect their wrist. There are several wrist braces on the market that can help the bowler strengthen the position of their wrist during a bowling shot. Even if it doesn't seem necessary, these supports can keep the wrist in the right position. They should be considered for the bowler who is having trouble with their release, or cannot figure out why their ball is not going where they intend it to.
Finger and Thumb Inserts
Some bowlers may not be ready to purchase a bowling glove, but find that the finger holes are hurting their thumb and fingers. For this problem there are finger hole inserts for purchase at bowling supply stores. When making this investment, the bowler must be clear about the grip size so that the inserts will fit correctly into the holes. These inserts will make release of the bowling ball easier and provide padding for the thumb and fingers.
There are also numerous types of bowling ball cleansers available on the market, to help the bowler take care of their most important bowling accessory properly. Bowling ball cleansers are not all the same and some investigation may reveal the one that is most suitable. Generally speaking, the cleanser must work with the type of finish on the bowling ball. The right bowling ball cleaner will get dirt and oil picked up from the lane off as gently as possible. There are also cleansing towlettes that can be used to clean the bowling ball between frames. Alcohol prep pads may work just as well as these. Neither of these things will harm the surface of the ball and serve to remove debris that could be detrimental to the shot.
A great bowling ball and bowling shoes go a long way toward making sure a bowler has the best game they can, but there are also other bowling accessories that can help.