Scott Pohl

Resurfacing at the Pro Shop

Scott Pohl
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When a tire begins to lose its tread, you have two options: rotate it or replace it. A bowling ball with a lot of games on it requires similar maintenance. In this Free Video, Scott Pohl, owner of On Track Pro Shop, explains how resurfacing your bowling ball in the pro shop improves its performance.

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When you continue to bowl with a ball that needs to be resurfaced, you’ll notice declining performance. Pin deflection and skidding past the breakpoint are warning signs that you must get into the pro shop for a resurface.

The bowling ball will look shinier than when you originally bought the ball and because of the amount of games bowled, its original surface number out of the box will change as well. For example, in just a few games, a bowling ball with a 2000 grit finish can go up to as high as a 4000 grit surface.


The process starts out on a bowling ball spinner in a sink with water, using 360-grit sanding pads and working up to the desired finish. You should have this done every 60 games or six months.

For best results in between resurfaces, you should clean your ball after you bowl. Why after and not before? Because the ball will absorb more oil as it sits and waits to be used compared to just cleaning the ball at the end of training or competition.

Next, apply the surface to your ball as needed. Take your sanding pads and bring the finish back, or change it to what you need for the competition you are bowling. Remember, 75% of a bowling ball’s motion (the way it reacts on the lane) is credited to its coverstock surface.

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