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Bowling Pro Shop FAQ 3, Originally Posted: 12/1/2012; Updated: 6/15/2023
continues to share questions with our readers that we receive relating to articles posted on our site. This bowling pro shop FAQ 3 article features a random question sent to us by a new bowler relating to pro shop services. We address this question and provide another in a series of articles known as bowling pro shop FAQ 3.
We hope our response helps familiarize new bowlers with pro shop services.
We cannot possibly keep our response to any question short and direct in content without likely omitting information which could expand your knowledge. So, we invite you 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. How often should I resurface my reactive bowling ball? I am relatively new to the game and am in my first ever league. My teammate tells me to resurface the ball after every 30 games. Is this right? Seems too often to me.
A. Here is a list to follow which covers a general routine bowling ball maintenance schedule:
1. Re-polish shiny bowling balls and scuff your dull bowling balls with chosen grit Abralon pads after 10 games of bowling.
2. Scuff and re-polish shiny bowling balls after 30 games of bowling.
3. Full resurface is needed and finger inserts should be replaced after 60 games of bowling.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the next interval of 60 games of bowling.
5. To reduce oil absorption, clean your ball coverstock with a ball cleaner ‚Äčbeforeand/or after each competitive session. Many ball cleaning substances are cleared for use by the USBC before or after competition.
6. If there is a visible track on your ball, ask your pro shop professional to refinish the ball to remove the track marks and restore the ball to it's original factory finish.
It's always a good idea to develop a working relationship with your local pro shop professional so you can schedule surface maintenance as needed.
You can easily purchase Abralon grit pads to scuff the surface of your ball yourself in accordance with the list above. You can also purchase ball cleaners in 4 ounce squeeze bottles, polishes, and Microfiber bowling towels to maintain your ball surface after use.
Maintaining the surfaces of your bowling balls with some regularity will preserve the life of the ball surfaces and keep your ball reaction capabilities consistent.
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

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