Bowler Accessories: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to bowling, having the right accessories can make all the difference in your performance. From the type of bowling ball you choose to the shoes you wear, every accessory can impact your game in different ways. 

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most important bowler accessories and how to choose the right ones for your needs.

Bowling Balls

The bowling ball is the most important accessory for any bowler. There are three main types of bowling balls: plastic, reactive resin, and urethane. Plastic balls are typically used by beginners and those who bowl straight. 

Reactive resin balls are great for hook shots and provide more control over the ball’s path. Urethane balls are a good choice for those who want a balance between the hook and straight shots.

When choosing a bowling ball, it’s important to consider your bowling style and skill level. You should also ensure that the ball is the right weight and size for you. To maintain your bowling ball’s performance, it’s important to keep it clean and resurface it regularly.

Bowling Shoes

Bowling shoes are another important accessory for bowlers. Unlike regular shoes, bowling shoes have soles designed for sliding on the approach. There are three main types of bowling shoes: performance, athletic, and rental. 

Performance shoes are designed for serious bowlers who want the best possible performance. Athletic shoes are a good choice for recreational bowlers who want a comfortable shoe with a sliding sole. Rental shoes are provided by bowling alleys and are typically used by beginners.

When choosing bowling shoes, it’s important to choose the right size and fit. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can impact your performance and cause discomfort. To maintain your bowling shoes, it’s important to clean them regularly and replace the soles and heels when necessary.

Wrist Supports

Wrist supports are another important accessory for bowlers, especially those who suffer from wrist pain or discomfort. Wrist supports can help prevent injury and improve performance by providing support and stability to the wrist. 

There are three main types of wrist supports: full, half, and adjustable. Full-wrist supports provide the most support and stability, while half-wrist supports provide less support but more flexibility. Adjustable wrist supports allow you to customize the level of support to your needs.

When choosing wrist support, it’s important to consider the level of support you need and your budget. To maintain your wrist support, it’s important to clean it regularly and replace the straps when necessary.

Bowling Gloves

Bowling gloves are another accessory that can help improve your game. Gloves can provide additional grip and help prevent blisters and calluses. 

There are three main types of bowling gloves: full, half, and fingerless. Full gloves provide the most grip and protection, while fingerless gloves provide more flexibility.

When choosing a bowling glove, it’s important to consider the level of grip and protection you need. To maintain your bowling glove, it’s important to clean it regularly and replace it when necessary.

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Other Accessories

Other accessories that can improve your game include towels and grip sacks for maintaining grip, ball cleaners and polishes for maintaining ball surface, and scorebooks and other organizational tools.


Choosing the right bowler accessories can make a big difference in your game. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s an accessory out there that can help improve your performance. 

By considering your needs and budget, you can choose the right accessories to help you take your game to the next level. And by maintaining your accessories properly, you can ensure that they last as long as possible and provide optimal performance.

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James Arnold
I'm James, and I call Stanislaus County, California, my home. My journey into the world of Bowling began 3 years ago. Although, I won't claim that I'm an expert,but I'm improving my skills every day. I hope my articles will help you to improve your game.