Industry Insider with Jeff Ussery
With leagues starting up all over the country, bowlers are turning to all kinds of methods to “restore” the hook in their ball. We talked last time about ball resurfacing and the need to have the finish on your ball touched up occasionally. One of the newer methods to restore hook to the bowling ball is to attempt to draw the oil out of the coverstock.
There are many different machines and methods for doing this. Some of the more popular commercialized products include:
• Innovative Revivor – This is a small controlled temperature oven that rotates the ball slowly. They use oil absorbing pads, and it typically takes anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes to complete this service.
• Powerhouse Wave – This is an upright machine holding a couple of gallons of controlled temperature water in a sealed PVC tube. The machine constantly filters the water as it “scrubs” the pores of the ball.
• Jayhawk Detox – The newest device in this category uses ultra-sonic technology to penetrate the pores with controlled temperature water. Water is changed after 1-3 balls of use in the machine.
Now along with these, I’ve seen people try all kinds of things on their own at home. I’ve heard about people putting balls in dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, hot cars…I’ve even seen an aluminum foil wrapped cardboard box outfitted with a hairdryer. Please, PLEASE, do not try any of these methods to heat your ball and draw the oil out of it! If you do, you’ve got a reasonable chance of your ball looking like this when you’re done:
So what makes the 3 machines above so much better than your at-home method? You might notice one consistency in the three machines – they all control the temperature the ball is subjected to. Also, none of the three are designed to apply too much heat. They top out around 150 degrees Fahrenheit.[custom_frame_right shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_right] So the next time you’re looking to get the oil out of the coverstock and see that big hook on the lanes, just stop by a local BowlersMart store, or your closest qualified pro shop, and ask for an oil extraction service. You’ll definitely be happy with the results, and your ball will still be in one piece!
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