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  1. I have always admired bowlers who can get a good hook on their ball. Most of the time I have a hard time getting the ball down the lane! I don’t have a very good average—112—but I would love to learn more about the hook and that’s how I found your site!

    Honestly, I don’t know that my ball has ever been cleaned! Not by me at any rate. It’s actually my mom’s ball and she bought it used, so not sure of it’s history, but I bet cleaning it would change its whole roll down the lane. Since my ball is black, I think even if it turned a little grayish in the water, I would still be okay with it!

    I would have never thought of putting my ball in the oven to clean it! It makes perfect sense, but just something that never occurred to me!

    I think the NuBall Bowling Ball Rejuvenator would also be something I could learn to love. I wonder if there is ever a used one available? Probably not if they are much good!

    Thanks for the info on cleaning my bowling ball. Being a relative newbie to bowling, I have learned a lot from this post and others on your site. Thanks!

    • Hi Karin,

      I loved watching the guys throw those big hooks also! like you I didn’t bowl much. and a guy I worked with offered to teach me to throw a hook, if I would bowl on his team. Best thing I ever did! It makes the game more fun but more challenging/interesting as well.

      The oven method has to be done with care! I know one bowler put his Mom’s ball in the oven WAY TO HOT at 350 and left it in for 30 minutes..WAY TOO LONG!…It looked like a French Burnt Peanut, if you know what they are!

      Maybe you might find a used Bowling Ball Rejuvenator on Ebay, I never looked. But yea, the cost is low enough that shipping it to sell it used, might be hard to make any worthwhile profit. 

      I am glad you are learning things here, and I hope you come back to learn more!!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Chas

  2. Chas, Well, you threw me for a loop, I had no idea the oil would keep you from rolling a good game.  I never was a pro bowler, I’ve been in a league or two but never paid that much attention to the ball.  I’m glad I ran across your article, it was enlightening!  I do enjoy bowling, and will pay a little more attention next time!  Thanks for the info!

    Steve  

    • Hi Steve,

      Whoa, you bowled in a league and had no idea about oil in the ball?( I’m kidding!) Some people enjoy the game and never clean the ball. In fact. I bowl with a Dr every Sunday, and he never cleans his ball either, but he DOES wipe it before every throw, and that will help a lot to keep a ball cleanER! But, he should still clean it once in awhile! He just enjoys the game! And he’s a Dr!

      But, if you do get back into bowling, get one of my Bowling Ball Rejuvenators to clean your ball, Steve!

      The people who really need to keep there bowling balls clean are the guys who bowl often, like 3-4 times a week!

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Steve!

      Chas 

  3. This is such a great post and i am  so glad to have found this site

    I have recently started amateur bowling and I didn’t know you have to clean your ball and having read this I  will now go and buy some the recommended products you have shared to ensure the longevity of my bowling ball

    Great advice and thank you so much- Really love this sport and hope I gain momentum as I learn more skills

    • Hi Vicky,

      Thank you for your kind words! I am glad to hear you have decided to try bowling! You go girl! yes, keeping your ball clean will help it to last longer. And as you progress, you may want to learn to hook the ball. That is where it really matters! When your ball is clogged with dirt and oil it won’t hook as well, and you get lower scores!

      I hope you do well!

      thanks for leaving a comment!

      Chas

    • Hi Hal,
      I am guessing you mean the Bowling Ball Rejuvenator? They cost $189 and the product is sold thru Amazon. They have the best return policy of anyone! You simply return it if you don’t like it for any reason. Just pack it up in the same box, and take it to the UPS, or Fedx, and send it back. You do have to pay return shipping.
      Chas

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