If you are serious about the game of bowling, then you need to keep your bowling equipment in good condition. Especially in today’s game, the new, high performance bowling balls are very demanding.
These balls require a high degree of maintenance because the coverstock is very soft and absorbs lane oil and because constant bowling smoothes the surface and they lose traction. Without proper maintenance, the ball will lose its performance.
If you look at a bowling ball tech sheet, it will tell you the out-of-box finish (example: 1000 abralon or 2000 abralon out-of-box finish). Therefore, you must clean and maintain the surface of your bowling with abralon pads.
Abralon pads are necessary for the serious and even the not so serious bowler because they do a few things. First, they make your ball last longer. Second, they keep your ball surface consistent. Finally, they help you adjust the length of your ball break-point.
Abralon is an abrasive pad, like sand paper, with a foam-type backing. These pads come in different grits and tend to last longer than common sand paper. In addition, they can be used wet or dry to get the desired reaction (I prefer to use them damp – not too wet and not too dry). This reaction will take some trial and error until you find what works best for you, the bowling ball and conditions, but using these pads can lengthen the life of your ball.
There are two methods for using an abralon pad:
1. By hand.
2. With a bowling ball spinner.
The by hand method is what most average bowlers will have to use. First you need to find out what grit abralon you need for the desired reaction. I have found the 1000 and 2000 grit are the most commonly used so, start out with the 2000 grit. If you find you need it to hook sooner, progress down to the 1000 grit. The same being true, if you need a later reaction out of the bowling ball, go up to a 4000 grit pad.
Use a damp cloth to wipe the ball off and then go over the ball with the abralon pad of choice, using the pad on all four sides of the ball (top, bottom, right and left side) before the ball dries. The ball finish will have a dull haze to it.
When using a ball spinner the process is the same except you will have to get the ball damp after each side. Just run each side for 15 to 30 seconds. You do not need to take the cover off the ball, you just want to maintain the cover of the bowling ball and give it some teeth.
I do mine before every game. You should do them at least every 10 to 20 games for the best performance.
Below is the Abralon Pad chart for your reference.
180 Abralon pad
360 Abralon pad
Burgundy Scuff Pad = to about 400 grit
500 Abralon Pad
Green Scuff Pad = to about 600 grit
Gray Scuff Pad = to about 800 grit
1000 Abralon Pad
Gold Scuff Pads 1200 Grit
1200 wet and dry sandpaper
1500 wet and dry sandpaper
2000 Abralon Pad
White Scuff Pad 2500 Grit
4000 Abralon Pad
Adding Bowling Ball Polish after scuffing will give more length, closely matching the next step on the chart (or a different reaction altogether). It will take testing, time, and trial and error.
Example = 1000 Abralon then Bowling Ball Polish would closely match the white Pad, or even 1200 grit. This depends on the amount of polish and polishing technique, either doing it by hand or using a spinner.
As a general rule, polish will give the bowling ball a more skid/snap reaction. Scuffing the bowling ball will smooth out the reaction. A bowling ball sanded with fine paper like 2000 or 4000 grit will actually shine a bowling ball if sanded at high speeds.
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