It’s that time of year again when you have to break in your new bowling shoes. Or, should you say, “Re-Break In New Bowling Shoes”? If you’re anything like most bowlers, you’re probably guilty of wearing your bowling shoes to death.
You can probably remember the first time they were broken in. You’re not going to be the last person to have that experience. Or you’re like most bowlers.
But not like most bowlers. Or, you know, most bowlers. Either way, it’s time to break in those new bowling shoes again. Here’s how to go about it.
Have A Plan
Before you break in your bowling shoes, you want to plan how to break them in. There are a couple of things to think about when breaking in bowling shoes. One is the condition of the shoes. Need is essential because if your shoes are worn too much, they won’t be able to support you as you bowl correctly.
The other thing to think about is the condition of your bowling ball. If you’ve got a new bowling ball, the ball and the shoes need to be in the same situation.
If you’re breaking in bowling shoes, you want to go easy on the shoes and the ball. You want to give both of them time to break in. You’re breaking in the boots and the ball. You don’t want to break the shoes in and then run to the lanes to bowl.
If you don’t have a plan, it will be hard to keep the shoes and the ball up. And that’s going to make it hard for you to break in the boots properly.
Spray The Shoes With WD-40
This is not a shoe care tip. This is a shoe “breaking in” direction. Spray the boots with WD-40. That’s it. Just spray the shoes with WD-40. Don’t worry; you’re not going to hurt the shoes or the ball. You’re just going to make it easier on yourself. It’s probably going to feel a bit weird spraying the boots with WD-40, but you’re not going to hurt the shoes or the ball. And it’s probably going to make breaking in the boots easier.
Spraying the shoes with WD-40 will break down the dry waxes on the inside of the shoes. That makes it easier for the shoe urethane to break down and become receptive to the synthetic oils in the ball. As you bowl, the WD-40 will help break down the dry waxes on the inside of the shoes.
And the oils in the ball will help break down the urethane on the inside of the shoes. That will make it easier for the shoe urethane to break down and become receptive to the synthetic oils in the ball.
Wear The Shoes Around The House
Before going bowling, you want to wear the shoes around the house for a day or two. It’s kind of like taking your shoes to the doctor. You want to go for a check-up with your bowling shoes. Take your shoes inside and break them in a little bit.
They’re probably going to feel a little weird, but they’ll feel better after being broken in. You want to wear those shoes around the house, so they have time to get used to the feel of you stepping in them every day.
You don’t want to wear them out of the house yet. You also don’t want to wear them out enough that they start to get too worn out. You want them to be broken in enough to still soft but not so worn down that they’re too stiff.
That break-in time will make it easier for you to get your shoes to where you want them. It’s going to make it easier for your shoes to get broken in, and it’s going to make it easier for you to bowl when you’re ready.
Take A Few Practice Bowls
After you’ve sprayed the shoes with WD-40 and worn them around the house for a day or two, it’s time to take the boots out bowling. You don’t have to break any records. Take about 4 or 5 or 6 practice shots with your ball. You can see if you like how your new bowling shoes feel, and you can see if they feel comfortable on your hop.
You don’t need to wear them out too much when taking those practice shots. If you feel like it’s time for a new pair of bowling shoes, maybe it is. But if your shoe feels a little weird but not horrible, then bowl another practice shot or two with that same ball.
And then bowl another one with a different ball after those first few shots.
Let those shoes get broken in while you check out some other balls on the market. As long as your shoe isn’t hurting your feet too much during the practice shot, keep wearing that shoe until it feels right to stick with it during a game.
Bowl A Few Games
Now, let’s say you’ve been practicing and broken in your shoes. You’re ready to go bowl. So you go out and bowl a few games. You want to go bowling in your new shoes, but you also want to go bowling in practice balls.
That way, you have time to break into your shoes. You also have time to get used to your new shoes just like you would get used to the feel of your bowling balls. When you bowl, you want to bowl in your new shoes.
But you also want to bowl in practice balls. That way, you have time to break into your shoes and get used to the feel of your shoes, just like you would get used to the feeling of your bowling balls.
Hit The lanes For The Final Push
After you’ve gone bowling a few times in your new shoes, you want to hit the lanes for the final push. You want to bowl in your new shoes, but you want to bowl in practice balls. That way, you have time to break into your shoes and get used to your boots, just like you would get used to the feel of your bowling balls.
Bowl In Your New Shoes For The First Time
After you’ve gone bowling a few times in your new shoes, it’s time to go bowling in your new shoes.
You don’t have to bowl every ball that night. You don’t have to find out if you can break 200 or 300 that night. Play each shot with the same bowling ball, just like you would play each image with the same pair of shoes. You want to get used to wearing your boots, and you want to get used to walking in your shoes for hours on end.
Whatever the outcome of your game is (whether or not you broke 200 or 300) is OK because all that matters is that you hit 10-20 spare shots at least and rolled a high score at least once so that you got something out of it! So as long as you do those things, your game is successful!
From there, there are two ways you can approach games. The first way is by playing on a league team where you wear a uniform shirt and use team balls every week. The second way would be by playing on a pick-up team where you wear a white shirt and use blue arrows every week.
Keep The Shoes In Good Condition
Don’t be tempted to wear your new shoes out too much. It will be hard to keep them in good condition if you wear them out. You want to keep your shoes in good condition.
That way, you have time to break them in and get used to your shoes just like you would get used to the feeling of your bowling balls. So don’t wear your new shoes out too much. Don’t wear them out at all if you can help it. Be a good guest.
So, when it comes time for a new pair of bowling shoes, find a stylish but comfortable pair that fits well and feels good on your feet. Then wear them out on the lanes as often as possible to be ready for a big game with new bowling equipment when it comes time for a big tournament or league game.