To get started, all you will need is a pair of shoes and a ball. Many recreational bowling alleys will rent these items to you for a one time use during your game. However, if you are trying to increase the calories burned bowling and intend to bowl on a regular basis, it is best to purchase shoes and a ball that are properly fitted for you to increase your performance and reduce muscle soreness.
When purchasing a ball, you first want to decide which weight and construction is right for you. The best way to make that determination is to go to where you normally play and try out a variety of balls. Balls are made of different materials and also have different finishes, ranging from a hard finish to a soft finish. If you are just starting out, usually a soft finish is the best choice. If you are purchasing a brand new ball, you will also be able to have finger holes drilled specifically to the size of your hand. This will help with your comfort and performance. As you become a more serious bowler and begin to play more regularly, you will want to invest in more than one ball to be able to accommodate different types of games, situations, locations, and alley conditions.
There are two main types of shoes to choose from, either athletic style or performance style. An athletic style shoe looks like a regular athletic shoe. They have a sliding sole on both shoes and are good for beginner bowlers. Performance style bowling shoes are designed for regular and competitive bowlers. They have interchangeable sole pads to allow you to have one breaking shoe and one sliding shoe. When trying on shoes you want to evaluate the comfort, support, and stability of the shoe. As with your ball, you may want to have more than one pair of shoes.
Additional equipment and accessories include:
- Wrist supports
- Ball grips and inserts
- Tape and bandages
- Ball buffer