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George Freeman's Expert Bowling Tips

-Extreme Weather Effects On Bowling Equipment
07/19/2001 - By George Freeman
      For a good number of league bowlers, there simply isn't enough time in the day to go from work back home and then to the bowling center for league.  During the summer league session, especially if you live in a place like Florida or Texas, where temps can reach into the high 90's and beyond, you should start to think about your equipment and the effect heat and weather can have on it.

      If at all possible, I would suggest renting a locker at the bowling center you bowl in and leaving your equipment there.  For one, it saves you the activity of lugging it in from outside.  Also, some bowling balls have a tendency to "sweat," the oil that is inside the ball from prior use comes out onto the surface, and can be very annoying.  For those that use tape in their bowling balls, the heat can break down the cohesiveness of the tape, leaving that gunky stuff behind when you remove and replace tape.  Many refuse to leave their equipment in hot cars period, for fear of what the heat could do to the bowling ball.  I would recommend against leaving your equipment in your car if only for the simple reason to protect it from possible theft.

      If your circumstances require you to transport your equipment and leaving it in places of extreme temperatures, I would suggest arranging it so you can be at league at least 20 minutes ahead of schedule.  This will give you an opportunity to clean the surface of your ball thoroughly, and to clean out the messiness your tape can leave behind.  Your ball will also have a chance to begin to return to normal temperatures.

      Helping protect your equipment from the elements will help prolong your equipment's life, and give you less headaches. Have fun this summer, and good bowling.

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