1. Forget Or Forgo Socks
Always remember to wear socks thick, absorbentsocks to a bowling alley. Even if you arrive in sandals, put them on! Never slip those shoes on without a pair.
According to Dr. Thomas F. Vail, bowling alley shoes could very well be a host to many bacteria and fungithat can cause warts and athlete’s foot. If you’re extra worried and really love bowling, you may want to invest in your own pair of shoes!
2. Ignore The Right Of Way
Just like driving, bowling has a right of way as well. The person who’s bowling on the lane to the right always gets the first go. This avoids any distraction or conflict during the game.
3. Be Vulgar
Unless you are in a bowling alley that is exclusively for adults, it’s common courtesy to keep the cussing and the vulgarities out. Children have birthday parties and afternoons out with friends and family at bowling alleys all the time, and parents don’t want their kids exposed to bad language when they’re trying to have good, clean family fun.
4. Eat At The Lane
There are tables away from the lanes for a reason, and that reason is that spillagecan be a big issue! Sure, snacking is great, but you should keep it confined to the tables behind the lanes, not in the little area where bowlers wait for their turn. If you spill, someone could slip and fall!
Also, think about how your fingers have been all over the communal bowling balls. You might just want to finish eating before you resume bowling.
5. Touch Your Face
Look, the fact of the matter is that there is no way to clean each and every ball thoroughly on a daily basis.
According to a bowling alley employee, his facility only cleaned the finger holes a couple of times a year with disinfectant. While a little bit of germs won’t kill you, just try not to touch your face, eyes, or mouth. Like in most public places, you’ll want to wash your hands before letting themcome in contact with your face.
6. Pick A Ball That’s Too Heavy
Lifting too much weight, in any situation, poses major risks. You cangive yourself a hernia, a spinal injury, or something as simple as a pulled muscle that will inhibit your movement for a day or even longer. Know your limits, and don’t try to show off with the heft of your bowling ball. Make sure you’re lifting whateverweight you have correctly, with your legs, or else you can injure yourself.
Plus, if you try to bowl witha ball that’s too heavy, you won’t be as accurate, and your score will definitely not be as good!
7. Cross The Line Onto The Lane
Bowling lanes are very well greasedfor the ball to make it down to the pins in just the right way. If you step onto the lane, you could, and most likely will, slip and fall right onto your behind. Not only would this be embarrassing, but you mighthurt yourself.
Also, if you track grease around the bowling alley, it will create another chore for the employees to cleanup once you’ve left.
8. Get Impatient With The Ball Return
If you get too eager to reach for your favorite ball, then you could end up with a smashed finger. Those balls comeup that chutefast, whether you like it or not.
If you try to snatch one up before it’s cometo a stop, you might end up with your finger getting right in between two heavy bowling balls. Ouch! It’s better to be patient.
9. Leave A Mess
Be kind to the bowling alley employees and clean up all your snacks and beverages once you’re done. Also, return your shoes to the counter instead of leaving them in a pile at your lane.
They’ve got enough to worry about without cleaning up after you. Besides, wouldn’t you rather keep the wheels of kindness turning?
10. Bowl With Long Fingernails
Speaking from personal experience, bowling with long fingernails, especially thumbnails, only ends in a painful broken nail. If you’re bowling with longer nails, maybe try to find a new technique for holding the ball that doesn’t require you to stick your fingers into the holes. Save yourself the pain!
11. Get Embarrassed
Look, not everyone is a professional bowler. It’s totally OKif you assume an unconventional technique, like the granny roll, to play your best game and have fun. Unless, of course, you’re endangering someone else by swinging the ball about, do whatever works for you, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
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