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Bowling Balls - Storage and Preparation

By Edited May 10, 2016 0 0

Taking care of bowling equipment is equally as important for those who are just beginning and for those who are very experienced bowlers. A bowler who doesn’t take care of their bowling ball could be causing themselves some serious problems on the lanes. Making sure to use good storage and preparation of a bowling ball can keep a bowler on top of their game, every game.

Proper storage of a bowling ball is vital to keep the ball in good condition. This does not mean keeping it unprotected in the garage or letting it roll around in the trunk of a car. A bowling ball needs to be stored in a place with a mild temperature that is relatively consistent in order to keep its shape. If the air surrounding the bowling ball is too hot, the bowling ball can expand and warp. If kept in frigid temperatures, it could shrink and crack. Some avid bowlers opt to use the lockers they have for rent at most bowling alleys, to insure it is kept at the right temperature. If a bowler does not feel safe storing their ball there, they may keep it in the home, somewhere where the temperature is relatively constant.

A bowling ball should also be kept in a special bag. These can be purchased at just about any sporting goods shop and protects the bowling ball from rolling around, acquiring nicks, scratches and dings while it is being stored.

In order to keep a bowling ball in excellent condition, it is also necessary to clean it on a regular basis, so the oil used on the lanes does not accumulate on the ball too much. There are a few ways of cleaning this oil off of the bowling ball. Using rubbing alcohol to wipe the ball down after every game removes large patches of oil. It also gets rid of anything else that may have found its way onto the ball during play. Never soak a ball in rubbing alcohol, as it will remove the finish.

A way to give a bowling ball a thorough cleaning is to put it in the short cycle in the dishwasher. The heat of the long cycle could end up damaging it. Or, the ball could be soaked for 25 minutes in a bucket with sudsy, warm water. Again, not too long, or the ball could become warped. No matter which method is used, it is important to wipe the ball down with a soft, dry cloth immediately afterward.

It is imperative to polish, wax, sand and resurface a bowling ball on occasion to keep it in the best shape possible. The frequency with which this is done depends on the bowler and their own preferences. If the ball feels like it is losing momentum, it probably needs a polishing. For even more skid, a coat of wax could be used. Resurfacing should occur about every 30 games, or when a dent or groove is discovered on the ball. Fine sand paper can be used to give the ball more hook; grittier sandpaper for more skip and snap. Only professionals should sand their own bowling balls, as it can alter the shape and performance of the ball. Beginners and amateurs should take the ball to a shop for resurfacing.

These techniques of preparation and storage will greatly extend the life of any bowling ball. Professionals have been known to say that a bowling ball can last an entire lifetime if it is cared for in the right way. Not only will the ball last longer, being properly cared for, but will increase the owner’s score, as well. 

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