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Bowling Pro Shop FAQ 1 continues to share questions with our readers that we receive relating to articles posted on our site. This bowling pro shop FAQ 1 article features a random question sent to us by a new bowler relating to pro shop services. We will address this question and provide the first in a series of articles to be known as bowling pro shop FAQ 1.

We hope our response helps new bowlers become familiarized with pro shop services.

We cannot possibly keep our response to any question short and direct in content without likely omitting some information. We invite you, therefore, to share your thoughts by making a comment under any posted article and help us pass along useful ideas.

Here is the pro shop question for this article presented by a beginner bowler:

Q. If I cannot find a specific bowling ball at my local pro shop, can they special order the ball and how long will it take to get the ball?

A. Most pro shops today will not inventory and display every bowling ball item available in today’s market. There are so many brands of bowling balls on the market today and so many models available for each brand making it virtually impossible for a pro shop to inventory every item. Most late model ball releases by the leading manufacturers are in inventory, but sometimes the pro shop might be sold out in a given weight or pin placement.

If a ball is not immediately available in the pro shop, the operator can special order the ball from a supplier and the ball can be available in two or three days, unless the order is shipped to Hawaii or Alaska and, provided the ball has not been discontinued by the manufacturer.

We recommend you discuss your choice of balls with the pro shop professional and what your objective is with the new ball. In many cases, there are other options you can select from that are designed to accomplish the same type of ball motion you seek. If you are committed to one particular ball, it is best to have it ordered and wait a day or two for it to arrive at your pro shop. Take some time to discuss the various drilling layout options available for your new ball with your pro shop professional so you know what to expect in ball motion based on your delivery style and oil conditions where you bowl.

If you wish to examine drilling options for a particular bowling ball, check out our “Drilling Layouts” feature on our site and choose any manufacturer you wish to find the ball you are considering purchasing.

We thank the bowler who shared this question with us for this article. Feel free to offer your comments; they are most welcomed. Be sure to check the "Improve Your Game" link in "BowlVersity" on the home page of our site for future posts. Thank you.

Rich Carrubba