Pink Bowling Gear
Bowling Pretty In Pink
I'm not going to pretend my pink bowling gear makes me the best bowler in the league (although I did bowl my highest game ever, a 196, while using my pink bowling gear. Coincidence? I'll let you decide.).
But it has improved my game quite a bit. I never realized what a difference comfortable shoes and a good ball would make. It's like, now that I don't have to worry about my shoes making me slide over the foul line and now that I don't have to think about the fact that my fingers don't really fit the holes in the house ball, now I can fully concentrate on my technique.
Plus I love that all of my bowling equipment reflects my personality.
Why Buy Your Own Bowling Equipment?
If you're a league bowler or even if you just bowl a couple times a month, you should definitely own your own gear. It's not expensive (I spent less than $150) and after all is said and done, you'll save both time and money, while also improving your game.
It actually costs less to buy a pair of shoes than it does to rent them throughout the fall league season. And instead of standing in line to get your shoes, you can be down on the lanes getting in some extra practice. Plus, do you realize how many people have wore those rental bowling shoes? Probably thousands. Yuck!
Owning your own ball will save you from searching through the house balls for one that kind of fits your fingers. Plus it'll improve your game. How? Well, your own ball will be your ideal weight and it'll be drilled to fit your hand exactly. Plus, it won't have the scratched, pits and gouges like the house balls and that means a smoother, more consistent ride down the lanes. My average has raised 30 pins since I started using my own gear.
My Pink Bowling Gear
Pink Bowling Shoes
I never realized how much my choice of shoes could affect my game until I wore these. The rental shoes were uncomfortable. They bit into my ankles and I was forever adjusting the tongue to stay in the middle. Plus, they were so slippery, I slid over the foul line 3 times! More than once, I was focused on my shoes instead of the pins. But not with these. These have padded uppers that hug my ankles instead of biting them. The padded tongue is able to be laced so it stays in the middle, where it belongs. And while they allow for a little slide, they aren't slippery. Plus, they're just plain comfortable to wear. Now the only time I think about my shoes while bowling is when I put them on and when I take them off. No more shoe distractions!
I chose this pair of bowling shoes for many reasons. I was looking for a good trusted name brand but not one that came with a high price tag. I liked the retro look and of course, the color. And I especially liked the high rating on Amazon. Thanks to the many reviewers, I knew to order a size 9 instead of my normal 10 (and they fit perfect!)
Pink Bowling Ball
Choosing a ball is more complicated than people think, especially if you're buying online.
- You'll need to figure out your ideal ball weight. Your ideal weight should be heavy enough that you aren't able to lob it down the lane, but light enough that you can throw it comfortably. My advice is to visit your local bowling alley and try out balls in every weight from 9 to 16 pounds.
- You'll need to figure out what material your ball should be made of.
- A plastic ball is good for beginners and those who throw the ball straight down the lane. It's also good for those who are just looking for a cheap ball to call their own.
- A urethane ball is good for those who throw a gradual hook. If you'd like to learn how to hook, a urethane ball will be the easiest to learn on.
- A reactive resin ball is good for those who throw a backend hook (where the ball rolls straight down the lane until it swerves sharply at the very end).
- A particle ball is good for experienced bowlers who know how to calculate their balls path according to the oil pattern on the lanes.
- You'll want to choose a design that fits your personality and your price range. I chose pink because I'm just a pink type of person. And although there were other designs I liked a bit more, this pink design was affordable.
If you buy a ball online, it will come undrilled. So just take it to your local bowling alley and most of the time, they'll be able to custom drill it to fit your hand.
This plastic ball has done wonders for my game. Unless I mess up my release, the ball usually ends up right where I'm aiming. I've used it on both dry and oily lanes and although it does good on both, it seems to do better on the oily lanes. Since I switched from house balls to this ball, my average went up 30 pins.
Pink Bowling Bag
If you're buying your own ball, then a ball bag is a necessity. Not only will it be easier to carry your bowling ball, but it will also keep it clean and safe. I chose my bag because it was pink, affordable and it carries all my bowling gear. I'm planning on getting another ball in the future so I'm going to have to get a double ball bag then. But for now, this is perfect.
When looking for your own bag, try to find one that fits your needs while also protecting your equipment. It should have a ball cup in the bottom. This will keep your ball from rolling around and make it easier to carry your bag. If you get a double ball bag, getting one with a padded divider will ensure your balls don't clank into each other. A separate shoe compartment will ensure any dirt on your shoes won't get on the ball and any oil on your ball won't get on your shoes. And most important, make sure it has a decently padded strap. Otherwise, the strap will dig into your shoulder while you carry it.
This affordable bag has everything I was looking for. The foam ball cup holds my ball securely in place and it has a separate shoe compartment. I also like the front pocket. It has little dividers to hold my bowling membership card and my bowling fees. Plus it's big enough to hold the bag of jerky and the candy bars I always crave while bowling. This bag comes in many other colors.
Pink Bowling Shoe Covers
If you ever want to see a bunch of league bowlers freak out, wear your street shoes on the lanes. And if you want to see how fast they can run, spill your drink. Actually, don't. Bowling shoes are special. They need to stay completely dry and completely clean. That's because sliding and braking are important aspects of bowling. Even the smallest drop of water can make a huge impact on your slide. If you're buying your own shoes, protect your investment with a pair of bowling shoe covers.
Getting these bowling shoe covers has saved me tons of time. Before them, I had to take my shoes off every time I went to the bathroom or to get a drink. After a lot of searching, I found these were the best value (for pink covers). They're durable and inexpensive. And unlike many other covers, they come in a pair (most others are sold separately).
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