RIchard Shockley

Bowling Accessories 101

RIchard Shockley
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Having the right tool for the job is important for anything we do in life. In bowling, being prepared for whatever can happen requires the right bowling equipment.

Gold Coach and Bowler Development Lead at Bowlersmart Richard Shockley and scholarship recipient at Midland University, Hannah Triske, discuss the array of bowling accessories and bowling equipment that keep her prepared and ready for anything.

Tape and Bowling Hand

If you’re bowling a short or long event, your bowling hand is vital to your success. Your hand should never hurt or bleed. If it is, stop into your pro shop and have your fit adjusted.

Hannah’s accessories include:

  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Thumb tape for the hand (Powerhouse)
  • White grip tape
  • Tape tool
  • Manicure set
  • Super glue

Hannah uses the alcohol prep pads on her thumb before putting tape on to remove any residue that might be there.

The Power House red thumb tape Hanna applies to her thumb is helpful when trying to avoid cracked skin that can turn into bleeding over a large amount of games played.


A good pair of shoes is the difference between being comfortable and uncomfortable at the line in any bowling center.

Hannah’s bowling equipment and bowling accessories include:

  • High Performance Shoes
  • Shoe cover
  • Shoe brush

High Performance shoes give you access to more and less slide if needed by changing out soles on the slide foot.

Bowling Ball Accessories

Maintenance and surface adjustments to a bowling ball is mandatory for peak performance out of your bowling ball.

Hannah’s bowling ball accessories include:

  • Microfiber towel
  • Shammy pad
  • Abralon pads
  • Bowling ball cleaner

A microfiber towel or shammy pad will remove as much of the oil from a bowling ball in between shots as it can.

Using a bowling ball cleaner after each time you bowl will elongate the life of that ball between resurfaces.

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One Response to “Bowling Accessories 101”

  1. DAVID

    I'll have to try something like those alcohol wipes as the Hada tape tends to loosen up a bit especially if you're getting sweaty. I like to take notes while I bowl so I bring a small note pad and pen. Bring additional white and black thumb tape as well as some tape especially for my fingers. Been using a little tape at the joint of my thumb near the palm. Use a separate towel for my hands, too.

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