How To Maintain Your Bowling Ball

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Expecting your bowling ball to perform the way it did out of the box without maintaining it is like driving your car without changing the oil or tires. Eventually, it will break down and not work the way it once did. In this free video lesson, Scott Pohl, owner of On Track Pro Shop, covers how to maintain your bowling ball’s finger inserts and surface.

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Finger Inserts
Finger inserts or grips, wear out. They are not designed to last the lifespan of a bowling ball.
You’ll notice these grips are wearing away from side to side and also on the front edge creating a lip inside of it. When you avoid replacing grips you lose the ability to achieve a clean release. This creates inconsistencies at the point of release and can lead to other physical game problems.

Bowling Ball Surface
Cleaning your bowling balls with a bowling ball cleaner after competition or practice is imperative for peak performance. For bowling balls with a duller surface, you’ll want to apply a bowling ball cleaner gel. Apply about a dime to quarter size and wipe around the entire surface with a paper towel or napkin.
The gel absorbs into the dull bowling ball, releasing the oil on the surface transferring it to the napkin or paper towel. If you rub your finger on the bowling ball after application you’ll notice the cleaner restores the tackiness of the bowling ball’s surface.

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Spray cleaners are for bowling balls with a shiny surface. Apply a couple of sprays to the bowling ball and wipe the entire surface of the bowling ball with a paper towel or napkin to remove surface oil left on the bowling ball.
This bowling ball cleaner is great for helping your shiny bowling ball travel farther down lane in drier conditions.

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2 Comments on “How To Maintain Your Bowling Ball”

  1. The two bowling ball cleaners he used there are Powerhouse Clean’N Dull and Kegel Revive.
    Clean’N Dull is one of the best (I used it for years all the way back to the original company that made it.), it actually pulls some oil out of the cover. It was originally called “Reaction Clean N’ Dull” by A.P.P. it changed hands over the years till Ebonite got it.
    Note it is “NOT” just for dull balls and “IT DOES NOT DULL THE BALL” that was just the name they used . It works perfectly fine on any surface texture polished or sanded . Also that was not how it’s supposed to be used according to the org. instructions (Your supposed to apply it, then remove it with a damp towel to get the super tacky surface.).
    As for Kegel Revive it’s just a average cleaner, it’s doesn’t get oil out of the surface and the ball seems not to hook as much just after using it. There’s better ones than it.

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