Bowling balls are an investment. They require regular maintenance and upkeep to get the maximum performance out of them. Cracked bowling balls are useless. In this free video, Scott Pohl, owner of On Track Pro Shop, explains why a bowling ball can crack and how to prevent it from happening.
Cracked Bowling Balls
Below are some factors that go into why a bowling ball cracks:
- – Environment/Climate
- – Phasing
- – Sweating
Cores and coverstocks are made to expand and contract as temperatures change. Extreme cold and extreme heat can make a bowling ball crack. Phasing is a chemical reaction that makes the bowling ball change colors as it adjusts from being cold to room temperature. Sweating is another chemical reaction that occurs when a bowling ball is removed from hot temperatures and brought into room temperature. You will see oil on the bowling ball and will need to wipe it off.
A bowling ball generally doesn’t crack because you forgot to bring it in from the trunk of your car once in a while. It cracks because of a cumulative effect from repeat behavior or improper storage.
If you bowl in an environment where it is extremely cold or hot outside, do your best to get your bowling ball back to room temperature prior to throwing any shots with it. This requires getting to the bowling center earlier to allow enough time to make this happen.
Enemy number one for bowling balls is moisture. If you are storing your bowling ball in a garage, keep the bowling ball wrapped in a towel. This helps the bowling ball avoid direct contact with moisture, keeping your bowling ball safe from cracking.
Watch more great videos from National Bowling Academy on “Bowling Ball Maintenance” and “Maximizing Your Bowling Ball’s Performance” to keep up with regular maintenance and help avoid cracked bowling balls.