In order to get started, you will need certain equipment. Having your own "stuff" is really best because consistency is very crucial in the game of bowling. Buying good equipment will cost you approximately $400, and if you want to spend more that's totally up to you. They sell everything you will need right in the pro shop located in the bowling center, or you can purchase items online. You will need a ball, shoes, and small towel to begin.
The bowling center (or bowling alley) has equipment that you will need if you don't want to purchase anything right away. They rent SHOES at the front desk for about $3-$4 (you will need to pay in advance) and each game costs approximately $3 each, which you also need to pay for in advance. Make sure to bring a pair of socks! They have BOWLING BALLS you can use for free on racks located around the bowling center. Try to get one that feels just right when you insert your fingers. If it's too loose, you may drop the ball and injure yourself, and if it's too tight you may not be able to let it go and you may end up partially on the lane which is slick from a coating of oil.
(I will be discussing Equipment in detail in a later blog post).
The pins have weight, and the ball will be deflected slightly, so don't get one that is too light either. Start out with at least a 10-12 pound ball if you can, and try to work your way up to 15-16 pounds which will carry the pins better!
Now that you have a ball, shoes, and towel, just type your name into the computer and let's begin!
Meet me here next week when I will be discussing the Parts of the Bowling Lane. I hope to see you then!
Hello!! My name is Joanie. Although I'm not a professional bowler, I have loved the sport for more than 45 years, averaged over 200 for several seasons, and learned quite a bit with research and experience.