Bowling Ball Tips -
The conditions of the lane can wear on your bowling
ball after a while. In order for you to be able to
perform well consistently, your ball must be in good
condition. There are a couple of ways to do
Where To Store
The first important step you have to take is to store your
ball correctly. Bowling balls need to be stored in
consistent, temperate temperatures to help them maintain their
If the air is too hot, the ball will expand and eventually
warp. If the temperature is too cold, the ball will
shrink, and eventually, it will crack. Most manufacturers
will not warranty bowling balls that have been subjected to
extreme weather conditions. So don't leave the ball in
Many serious bowlers prefer to rent a locker at their
favorite bowling alley to store their ball, since the
temperatures in the alley will remain within safe
parameters. If renting a locker is not an option for you,
store your ball inside your house, someplace where you maintain
a fairly constant temperature.
How To Clean
Another important part of keeping your ball in tip-top shape
is to clean it regularly to remove an oily build up.
There are a number of ways you can do this.
You can use rubbing alcohol to wipe down your ball after one
or few games to remove any large oil deposits and any other
residue (including polished or waxed finish).
Note you should only wipe down your ball with alcohol, and
not soak it in the alcohol, as was previously the recommended
bowling ball cleaning technique. Soaking your ball in
alcohol will remove the paint.
One way to give your ball a good, all over cleaning is to
simply place it in the dishwasher, using any detergent (good
for cleaning oil and grease) on the market. Run the ball
through a short cycle, so the heat does not have time to damage
If you don't have a dishwasher, you can fill a bucket with
warm water using any detergent and let your ball soak for about
20 minutes. Do not let it soak any longer, or the heat
may warp your ball.
After all cleaning routines, wipe your ball down with a dry,
Automatic Ball Cleaner
There are automatic ball cleaners available in most bowling
centers. However, you're not recommended to use them to
clean your own ball. Because they usually apply wax to
the surface, causing the ball to skid longer than it did
previously. However, you may want to use wax if you're
looking for more skid on your ball.
There are a number of ball cleaners (also known as ball
polishers) you can buy on the market. They are a good
investment for you because they are specially designed to clean
your ball. However, they are not all created equal, and
if you speak to ten bowlers, the odds are pretty good that you
will get ten different answers as to which cleaner is the best
on the market.
As a general rule, it is best to ensure that the cleaner is
indicated for the kind of finish on your bowling ball, does not
eat away at the ball's surface, and will get rid of any lane
oil and dirt you may pick up during a game.
Or if you're just lazy, you can have your pro shop clean the
ball for you.
Ball Tips - Polishing & Sanding