In this article we will explain to all those who start in the world of bowling, or that have been raised start
what material is needed to practice our sport.
But also explain to people that takes more time or want to improve their equipment and preparing for tournaments, what other material, more specifically, The Wipers consider essential and everyone should carry in your bag. Let's begin.
At the start, bowling can be played with very little material. In fact, the only thing needed to enjoy a game is a ball and shoes. However, over time, the bowler will need more material.
Let's review from the basics to advanced.
When it comes to bowling the first time both shoes and balls are available to customers, but with one caveat: rent the shoes have a small cost (about 1 euro in Spain) while the use of the balls (which have a weight of between 6 and 16 pounds) is free. For the first time occurs as the runners on a track of ice worth, but not the thing. If we want to start more seriously in bowling will require us own material.
Bowling shoes are an essential part of the kit, as bowling alleys do not allow street shoes to play with. Why? Because the area which goes before throwing the ball to the track (known as approach) is of a different surface to the floor of the rest of the bowling alley or the street. Is wood or a synthetic material more delicate and need special footwear with soles appropriate non rend.
If you go to play with a certain regularity is highly recommended to buy a shoe for several reasons:
- We will stop paying rent every time we go to train
- We will not have to use the same as the rest of the public because, although the facilities used disinfectants, is not really helpful.
- They will also be better quality shoes, we are accustomed to their particuladirades and will surely be less ugly than the bowling.
Where can I get some shoes?
All rented bowling shoes everyday like this.
But if we buy them we go to specialty stores (Pro-Shops) normally found inside the bowling and in some cases beyond. You can find some directions in the links page.
What types of shoes on the market? As in bowling, as in any other discipline, there are hundreds of shoe models available, but in fact we can say that there are only two general types of footwear:
Normal or basic:
It is a simple shoe whose main difference from the bowling alley is that they are specific-handed. The peculiarity is in the sole, which is different on one foot. In bowling, right-handed player uses the left leg to slide in the last step of his approach to shooting, and right-handed. Therefore, the shoes are not equal. One of the sole is of a different material which allows slide snugly in the other to approach and, conversely, will have a different surface to prevent resbalemos walking.
We recommend that you buy shoes with heels, as this is used to "stop" when he slips. The price of such shoes is about 40-70 €, depending on design and material quality. No, do not come cheap, but all are made outside Spain (mostly in USA) and we are in a shoe manufacturing country, so that imports are a heavy tax in the customs, in addition to the obvious costs for freight .
High-end shoes. This type of shoe is different from previous ones in three main
b) The same comfort and quality of the materials
c) The soles and heels.
While regular shoes have a fixed soil type, high-end shoes offer a very interesting peculiarity: they have interchangeable soles and heels. The clearest example to compare soccer balls are used by professionals, with interchangeable plugs, depending on which surfaces. In bowling is the same. Although it seems to always walk on the same surface, actually not.
Bowling is a very technical sport in which repetition is the key to everything. The player tries to repeat each movement always seek perfection. Try to copy again and again the same moves in a complicated swing, for which requires that all external factors remain unchanged. Among them, of course, is the approach or the area which walks or slides.
The bowling itself is very complicated, so that the player will attempt to slide always in the same way. However, the approach is different in each bowling and even in the same bowling depending on uncontrollable factors such as weather, cleaning or who have played before us in the same area. Workers in utlizan bowling products for cleaning different approach, so that in some cases long slide and a few others. In coastal areas with more moisture is below the sliding of dry or indoor etc etc.
The high-end shoes allow you to change both the sole and heel incorportan and used to to slide or project. They have a strong Velcro fastening in different sticking soles ms or less grip, and heels. In the same stores (Proshops) can purchase spare parts and the different types available, which are numbered to distinguish the degree of adhesion. This allows us to minimize the effect of approach in our game. The cost of these shoes is much higher, between 150-200 €, but for players to compete in different facilities, cities, countries and weather conditions are essential.
While most players purchased before a ball shoes, our recommendation is the opposite: it is better to have shoes that ball before, since they provide more stability when walking and sliding and allow into the game step by step. Not to say that they are much cheaper than the balls.
For reasons obvious, bowling balls are the key element of the game. There are literally centeranes of different types of balls, but glossed into two main categories:
1) bowling balls or house
2) The balls themselves or brand
Although often fool the eye, all bowling balls are the same size (diameter of 8.5 inches or 21.6 cm) and are changing their weights.
When we go for the first time even bowling shoes choice is simple because usually there is only a model and the only question that remains is our size. However, with the balls is not so simple. The bowling alleys are publicly available dozens of different balls and generally players do not know how to choose the most appropriate. Our instinct rather close to the ideal choice, but not enough.
What are bowling balls? Installation balls (also known as house balls) differ in two points:
a) The weight, which ranges from 6 to 16 pounds (one pound equals 0,453 grams)
b) The size of the holes. Since each person has different sized fingers, bowling balls have different holes even in the same weight balls.
The colors of the balls simply help to distinguish what a weight and which of the other, but do not follow a fixed code, since from brand to brand and bowling alley in different colors.
How do we choose the right ball?
To choose the perfect ball there is no scientific method, since each player has different characteristics, but the general rule is that we can point to bowling ball you have to choose the child's weight on the fingers we enter easily.
To have control of the ball is needed we can easily lift the weight you throw, but to do the main thing is not so much muscle strength as the holes fit our fingers. Therefore, although we have enough strength to pull 16 pounds, if the finger holes are too big and we can not hold it, the more weight will be more a problem than a help.
Inside the ball fingers are introduced as follows: the big toe in the larger hole and the upper (or finger) middle finger and ring finger (not the index). We must find a ball in the fingers come well without being tight nor too loose and we can lift a weight without much effort, but not too easily.
Once we have it, we have only to go to the assigned runway and pulling.
The balls themselves
As the skaters do not wear skates provided or golfers play with clubs from their peers, to bowling seriously need to have one or more balls of their own.
What are the differences between bowling balls and own?
- The ball itself has holes drilled into our measure. This, in stores bowling (proshops) takes the measure of our trabajor hand, the distance between the fingers of the same grososr and inclination of our thumb to drill holes so that the ball is as comfortable as possible, we do give and we can play with all the guarantees.
- When the holes as we can play with balls heavier. In the bowling balls, much to find a hole which fit our hand will never be perfect. Many times, in fact, having more public playing you may not find any ball that fits our needs, so choose balls heavier than adequate, with holes so uncomfortable. And the importance is capital. The holes allow controlled as all about the shot. An example. Suppose we want to throw a ball to a certain point. What is easier for us right if we throw a handball, the surface can cover easily by hand or with a basketball, that hard, we can hold and manipulate with one hand?
In bowling it is the same and when we go to buy our first ball, the drill will ask what weight we want. Although there are no fixed rules here, if there are no injuries to players, as a general rule an adult male normally Consitución almost always played with balls of 14 to 16 pounds and an adult woman with balls of 13 to 15 pounds. With children, the elderly and injured people, the weights should be better. Consulting the drill to help you to decide, and not be afraid: although use of the bowling ball 12 pounds for convenience, with a drilled as you can go to 14 or 15 without difficulty.
- The balls can be drilled themselves in two different ways, but always as:
a) A conventional drill: that is, the same kind of holes that the bowling alley, where the middle and ring fingers are introduced into the second phalanx of the finger and thumb to the bottom
b) Drill finger, which is used to pull effect. In this type ring and middle fingers are introduced only to the first phalanx and the thumb to the bottom.
- The balls themselves, in turn, are divided into two types:
a) The plastic balls or pull straight
b) The ball catching effect.
The first, made of plastics, are, for practical purposes, such as the bowling alley. That is, are designed to shoot perfectly straight, without effects, but as with the fingers. They are cheaper and can be found with prices ranging from 50 to 200 euros.
The balls are catching effect a vast world in which it is easy to get lost. There are hundreds of different models and to understand its characteristics, composition, model types will soon publish another article specific.