Whether you’re a top-tier bowler or you need the kiddie bumpers to get a score higher than zero, heading to the bowling alley is always a good time.
For those whogo bowling for funas opposedto the pure, unadulterated sport of it, it’s really all about connecting with family and friends, having a few cheat-day snacks, and getting out of the house for a few hours. Maybe you’ll get a strike or a spare, and everyone will cheer and shout for you. Man, this makes me want to go bowling right now!
However, there are some things that you should absolutely never do in a bowling alley.
Think of all the people that have worn those rental shoes and sweat in them. Think of all the hands that have touched those balls each and every day. Think of the powerful machinery of the ball-returning equipment so close to your fingertips.
To keep family bowling fun and safe, avoid these 11 things at all costs!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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