Bowling is a sport that is either played for fun, or there are many people who play it strictly as per the rules and with great enthusiasm. Like every other sport, bowling also has two kinds of players, one who takes the sport casually and just play it for fun, and second, who are passionate about the sport and want to be at the top of the sport.
So, it doesn’t matter which group you belong to, the main motive for you should be how to advance your bowling skills. The fun and excitement in any sport are retained until the sport is played with a competitive spirit. When the competitive spirit is blown out and the rules are kept on the side-lines, then the excitement of the sport is decimated, which is not good for the sport. Bowling is a spectacular sport and with a decent amount of practice, one can easily learn how to play it. In this article, we are going to learn all the details pertaining to the bowling, so continue reading the article….
How to create a bowling room?
If your passion for the bowling seems to grow higher and higher, then you must create a bowling room of your own. There is no better way to enjoy this sport than having your own custom bowling room in which every single thing has been according to your own specifications.
If you have a free room in your house that hardly use, then you can revamp it to make it a spectacular bowling room. Most people have basements that are filled with all sorts of insignificant stuff, so just get those out of the basement and ramp up some space. The more you elaborate, the more fun you are going to get. Here is the list of the supplies that you need to turn your dream of having a bowling room into a reality.
1. Cement filler.
2. Cement glue.
5. Moisture barrier.
6. Wood glue.
8. Floor pranks.
9. Foam pool.
10. High gloss polyurethane.
Determine the right space for having a perfect bowling lane: You need to even up the space on which you want to create the lane. A level foundation is the key to a successful bowling lane. The next step is to buy tongue and groove boards from the local supermarket. You can get all other materials from the store in order to get things started quickly.
Moisture barrier to ensure that the surface remains dry: The moisture barrier will be used to cover the area where the lane would be placed. The main motive of having a moisture barrier is to bar the moisture from getting on the surface. Then, place the moisture barrier with floor and glue.
Place the best quality wood planks and snap them together: You have to lay the wood together and make sure that it doesn’t snap. You have to use wood glue to make sure that the rows of wood stays together. Also, make sure that there is no space between the woods, as it may result in uneven lane. Cover all the wood planks with high gloss polyurethane to give the final touch on the bowling lane.
Add netting to avoid the bowling ball and the pins from getting scattered all over the room: The netting will be placed at the end of the lane to contain the pins. You can also use the foam pool, which will act as the make shift gutters that run alongside the lane to hold your bowling ball from getting lost or stuck somewhere in the room.
Add high-gloss polyurethane to give a superb finishing touch: You have to pay attention towards the finishing touch because if the finishing is not proper, then the movement of the bowling ball would be affected. The measurements are another thing that you have to keep in mind because if you strive to make a professional look-alike bowling room, then you have to consider all the minute details while making the bowling room.
Bowling gear and accessories
So, you have built a bowling room by investing a few hundred dollars. Now, you need the necessary gear and accessories to start the fun. There are a plenty of things that you require to ensure that the game of bowling is played according to the rules and with great enthusiasm.
Bowling shoes: You need to buy these, even if you have made your own bowling alley!
You must have thought about the reason that, why every bowling alley insists on wearing a pair of bowling shoes. I have found out two reasons for doing that, i.e., safety and performance.
As we all know that, the surface of all the bowling alleys is flat, smooth and free of debris. The oil scattered on the lanes provides a smooth flow to the ball. So, if you are wearing your normal shoes that consist of ‘God knows what type of soles’ will damage the lane. The shoes get stuck to the floor, thus succumbing to injuries. The time that you have allotted for fun and entertainment will be turned into a forgettable moment. To avoid risking your ankle, wrist, back, or any other body part, just wear a pair of high quality bowling shoes.
Bowling shoes are special shoes that are made from rubber roles. Wearing bowling shoes will make it easier for you to slide your foot and apply brakes after throwing the ball. The combined mechanism of sliding and braking is going to help you throw the ball perfectly. The best thing about having your own bowling room is that, you can select a high quality and custom pair of shoes. Also, check whether the bowling shoes are comfortable and hygienic or not. You can also rent the shoes if you are just starting to play the game.
The Bowling Ball
When you are done with the shoes, then you need to pay attention towards the bowling balls. There are many resources available, both online and offline, so you can go to a local sports store and select the right bowling ball. If you don’t have time, then you can take a look at websites that sell bowling balls. They have listed out all the details of the bowling balls, so I don’t think if you are going to have any problem in selecting the right ball for your in-house bowling alley. I would also like to mention that there are bowling alleys that provide bowling balls to the passionate bowlers like you, so that you can play this wonderful sport within your establishment. The term that is used for that is, ‘house balls’. Here are a few things that you have to keep in mind while buying a bowling ball. These are:
- Surface friction.
- Mass distribution.
I have seen that most bowlers just consider two things, i.e., comfort level of the bowling ball and the suitability of the fingers. A right bowling ball is such an important aspect because if it is not right, then you won’t be able to get the right shots.
Once you have taken a decision on the bowling ball and the bowling shoes, now comes the time when you think about a host of other equipment that are required to ameliorate the gaming experience. There are many different accessories that can be used, but it depends upon your requirement and budget.
Finger Tapes: Have you felt friction at the time of releasing the bowling ball? If yes, then have you ever felt pain in your fingers at the end of the game? If the answer is yes again, then you should tape your fingers first. It has been proven that the bowlers who tape their fingers get a better grip on the bowling ball while holding it. So, you can try taping your finger and see if it works for you or not.
Wrist guards: Most bowling alleys won’t provide you with the wrist guards, but that doesn’t mean that they are not an important accessory. Wrist guards offer support to your wrist, which can be damaged by lifting the bowling ball during the game. I don’t know about you, but many bowlers suffer wrist injuries because their wrists get tilted or collapse before throwing the ball on the bowling lane. Having a wrist guard will limit the wrist from getting tilted, thus reducing the chances of any unnecessary damages. Moreover, you can throw with a much better consistency, which is an added advantage of wearing wrist guards.
Ankle, Wrist, Elbow spray: Bowling is a game of picking the bowl, angling it in the right direction and throwing the ball. You have to repeat this action till you get exhausted (I’m assuming that you are playing in your personal bowling alley and not in the local bowling centre).It can really damage your ankle, wrist and elbow, so you can make use of pain relief spray and shock absorbers to alleviate the pain. It will subsequently reduce the chances of getting unnecessary injuries.
Powder: The game of bowling is all about gripping the ball and throwing it in the right direction. Finger tapes are one thing that helps grip the ball in the better way. A better grip will result in efficient hold, swing and release of the ball. To enhance the grip and motion of the ball, some people prefer to use powder to decrease the moisture in their hands. It is just like the weightlifters who rub their hands in the powder before lifting the weights. The main motive is to improve the surface grip. The most common types of powder that are used are talcum powder or baby powder.
Microfiber Cloth/Towel: As the lanes are nicely oiled these days, so bowlers wipe down their bowling balls after throwing it. Though, it is not necessary that the ball will absorb so much oil every single time that a bowler has to wipe it down, but it becomes the habit of most of the bowlers. There is no harm in wiping down the ball, but there aren’t too many benefits as well. When the bowling ball is thrown at the pins, it accumulates oil, and the bowlers wipe it down. When they throw the ball again, then it absorbs the oil as it travels towards the pins, causing a certain in the traction between the ball and the lane. This leads to the forward sliding of the ball instead of spinning.
There are some other gear and accessories as well, but these are the ones that can be found in every bowling alley, whether public or private. Bowling is a sport filled with a great amount of excitement and thrills, but it is important to pay attention towards the safety aspect as well. Out of all the above-mentioned equipment, only the shoes and the balls are the most important ones. Regarding others, I can just say that if you are willing to have them, then it’s great, as they will further make you comfortable. There is no harm in trying different things that add a value to your game.
Use your creativity and ideas, and get a spectacular bowling room, which is extraordinary in every single aspect. Go online and browse various websites pertaining to the bowling balls to fill the missing parts of your ideas. The information that is mentioned above is also going to help you in an immense way with your quest to build a great bowling room that is filled with everything that you need to bowl in an excellent manner. If your budget allows you to have a digital scoreboard, then you can add it as well. More over, there are many changes that you can do over time. So, it’s time when you should clean up your basement and plan out things to create a wonderful bowling room. For more information, you can take the help of the experts who have done this sort of project.