The 2012-2013 Fall/Winter bowling season is in full swing, starting about 4-5 weeks ago, depending on what part of the country you are located in. Whether you are in a youth program or in an adult league, did you prepare for the season by sharpening your tools for top performance? One of the most important tools you need to perform at your best is your bowling shoes. If you have been using the same shoes since you started bowling, or your shoes are 4-5 years old and you bowl more than one night a week, you may want to invest in a new pair. I know it is difficult to give up those extra comfy bowling shoes, but the technology and the materials used to construct bowling shoes is constantly changing and have come a long way over the years.
There are new manufacturers of bowling shoes, more styles and colors to choose from, and those that have interchangeable soles. They range from casual and very comfortable tennis shoe type to the traditional shoe that offers stability and sliding capabilities. Higher end shoes offer interchangeable slide and traction soles and are available for both right and left handed bowlers. Some of the various manufacturers are Dexter, Storm, Brunswick, Etontic, Linds and, 3G to name a few.
If the bowling shoes that you choose have interchangeable sliding soles or traction heels, test them during a practice session to ensure you get the right sliding traction needed on the approaches where you bowl. If the approaches are too tacky or too slick try changing out the soles and/or the heels that came with your shoes to see which one performs the best on that particular approach condition. Having the right pair of bowling shoes that gives you a smooth and consistent slide to the foul line is a critical component to help improve your game. Shoes are typically found in all sizes for women, men and kids. You really don’t have to break in a pair of shoes anymore, the material that they are made of is softer, the footbed is wider and the soles are interchangeable. Sure, it may take a couple games to get used to the new feel, and how they perform on different approaches, but it will be well worth the investment. If your game has improved over the years and you are still wearing your first pair or an old worn out pair of bowling shoes, the time is now to check out a new pair.