Bowling Ball Storage


The following bowling tip is often overlooked as it is so simple, yet time and time again I don’t think people realize just how much of an impact it can have.

Keeping your bowling balls in the trunk of your car might seem convenient, but it can have an adverse impact on your game if the weather isn’t on your side. The same holds true for garages or other areas that might be subjected to extreme heat or frigid temperatures.

Sometimes it's hard to keep your equipment at room temperature

Is your equipment too hot to handle?

The first problem this can create has to do with your hand and the feel of the ball.  If the ball is hot or cold your hand might swell or shrink and turn what was supposed to be a fun night at the lanes into a frustrating one.

Bowling balls subjected to heat will tend to soften the material in the ball, while a colder ball will tend to be harder.  A hotter ball will tend to roll earlier and have more overall hook, while a colder ball will tend to skid and slide more down the lane.  The major problem is that as the ball progresses back to room temperature the reaction of the ball is constantly changing, and that is a variable you do not want to have to deal with.  Think about it like a tire. Auto racers know that in the summer the tire is soft and has better gripping characteristics, while in the winter the tire is cold and can have a more difficult time getting traction to the ground if it hasn’t been warmed up properly.

Here are a few tips to keep your bowling balls safe:

Get a bowling ball locker. Most bowling centers have lockers to keep your bowling equipment in.  Though there is a cost associated with this, if you save yourself from cracking just one bowling ball it will certainly pay for itself.

Park in the shade. If you have no choice and are going to be leaving your bowling balls in the trunk, do your best to find a parking spot in the shade.

Get to league early. Bowling balls that are hot tend to soften the surface, while balls that are cold tend to harden.  If your ball is going to be subjected to some temperature highs and lows it’s important to arrive at the center early to allow the ball to get as close to room temperature as possible before you start.

Bring your balls inside. I know it can be a bit of a spectacle, especially if you are going to work. If you go directly from work to bowling and you know you can’t get there early, take the time to take the balls out of your car and bring them inside.


Hopefully this tip saves you from the expense of cracked bowling balls, as well as the performace deterring hot/cold balls.  If you have any other ways you keep your equipment from being subjected to the weather please post a comment below.

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  1. I have been told that the best option is to always keep your equipment in a locker at the bowling alley if at all possible. If your ball is stored in the alley it will always be at temperature. The ball’s core and shell will not constantly expand and shrink if it is kept at a constant temperature. Extreme temperature change is one major culprit of cracked bowling balls. I have seen over 100 bowling balls that were cracked in person as a result of the bowler leaving his/her equipment exposed to the elements;

    I am guilty of leaving my equipment in my vehicle majority of the time. It is most convenient for me to do so because this way it is always in my car if I go to a random bowling alley from wherever I might be; school, work, dinner, etc. I have been fortunate to only have one ball crack on me. This happened at the most inopportune time. I went to a tournament (in December), arriving just in time for practice as usual, took my ball out of the bag, threw it down the lane, and when it came back it was cracked. It wasn’t just a tiny little stress crack where I could keep throwing it. On the contrary, it was cracked all the way around with about a 5mm gap. That was the only reactive ball I had with me at the tournament. However, I did have a plastic ball with me, so I used that. Needless to say, I did not make the cut. Let that be a lesson.

  2. Sara Foster says:

    bowling balls are dangerous on the foot if you mishandle it.:;*

  3. Being aware of the temperature around your bowling ball can improve our games, wow..that was definitely a tip that I was unaware of, helpful none the less. Thinking scientifically this make a ton of sense, GREAT!

  4. George says:

    I didn’t think about this prior to ordering my bowling ball online… But, do you think the current cold weather will hurt it during shipping? I think shipping time is 3-5 days.

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