How Bowling Helps to Improve Mental and Physical health

How Bowling Helps to Improve Mental and Physical health

You hear about all the benefits associated with exercising regularly or participating in popular sports, but there’s not much said about how bowling can help you both physically and mentally. To shed some light on the wonders of bowling, here’s how bowling can improve your quality of life.

It Burns Calories
There’s a lot of walking back and forth when you’re bowling, from the seated area to your lane and back again who knows how many times. The average bowler can walk up to 60 feet per game, which totals over half a mile of walking during a three-game series. Within one hour, you can end up burning 175 to 300 calories, a number that’s equivalent to 25 minutes of consistently jumping rope.

It Will Strengthen Your Muscles
On average, bowlers carry around a 14-pound bowling ball. Repeatedly swinging 14 pounds will strengthen your shoulders, chest, arms and legs, if you’re a frequent bowler. Keeping a tight grip on your bowling ball will also strengthen the muscles within your hands. One standard three-game series will have you swinging the ball over 50 times.

Bowling Improves Your Social Skills
Bowling is an incredibly social sport, one that would be tirelessly boring if no one spoke throughout the entire match. When it’s not your turn to bowl, you’ll likely be sitting back with the rest of your team, conversing about the game or other life events. Not only is socializing good for your mental health, but psychological studies have shown that those who socialize more have a stronger immune system and are less likely to experience depression.

It Helps With Hand-Eye Coordination
The whole point of bowling is to take down as many pins as possible in one go. However, that’s a pretty difficult job, seeing as the pins are set up almost 60 feet away from the lane’s starting point. It takes a lot of hand-eye coordination to through the ball down a bowling alley and hit those pins, whether you’re going for a strike or just trying to hit the last pin standing.

It Improves Balance
Throwing a 14-pound ball with one hand can throw your balance off quite a bit, especially if you have poor balance to begin with. Carrying that extra weight on your upper body will offset your lower half, but through repeated practice, you’ll not only be able to balance better when bowling, but you’ll also improve your overall posture.

Any Age can Enjoy it
Bowling isn’t a sport that’s restrictive when it comes to age, as younger children to senior citizens can participate in the game, even on a professional level. There isn’t a large risk of getting injured, not when compared to other, more high-intensity sports. This reality alone is what makes bowling a popular sport among older generations. This works to make all players feel included and encouraged to try something new without fear of judgment or rejection.

At Bowl BC, we host a variety of bowling tournaments for all ages. As Vancouver’s top bowling alley, we have locations across the province, all staffed with friendly and helpful team members. For more information about adult bowling programs, leagues and more, be sure to visit our website today!

Bowling Checklist

Bowling Checklist

There are many games that you can enjoy with your friends and family. One of the best ones is bowling. Bowling is a sport that is enjoyed by all age groups. Whether it is playing for fun or competition between a couple of groups, bowling always makes for a nice way to de-stress and enjoy a game full of competition and laughter. However, just like any other sport, bowling too has its own set of risks and rules that one needs to be aware of. Here are the top things you need to know about bowling:

  • Choosing the right sized ball is the most critical part of your fun. If the ball is too heavy, you risk injury to your fingers and hands or can also slip on the bowling alley. Find a ball that you can comfortably carry in terms of weight and throw.
  • Most bowling alleys provide shoes for bowling. These are a special kind of shoes that help you to evade skidding and slipping on the alley.
  • Your bowling practice sessions help you to get a feel of the game, even before playing the game. Make sure to take your practice sessions seriously and always stay positive about the game.
  • When bowling, it is important to throw the ball from the exact same starting position every time when you are throwing the first ball of every frame. This helps you to keep your consistency and adjust your force.
  • You may not realize this but timing plays an important role in any bowler’s game. Each step of your foot must ideally match with a specific component of your arm swing and release.
  • To prevent twisting and turning of your wrist, remember to keep your hand and wrist strong all through the entire shot for the best results.
  • In case you throw a hook, make sure to turn your hand and wrist as the ball comes forward from your backswing. For a straight ball, you would want to keep your hand and wrist straight all through your release.
  • You can finish your shot by throwing the ball down the lane as soon as it passes your ankle. To complete the shot bring up your arm at least to shoulder height.
  • You should keep your hand either in the handshake position or palm up, as per your throwing position.

When it comes to staying ahead of your game knowing a few tips and tricks can help you to structure your performance and win the game. Typically, an ideal bowling ball speed is 16 miles per hour. There are marks on the lane which help to guide your ball right into the pocket. Always aim for those marks. Through practice, you are likely to find the right combination of angles, strength, and speed, which can enable you to achieve a perfect pin action and strike.

5 Bowling Secrets You Must Know

5 Bowling Secrets You Must Know

Certain aspects of the game of bowling are taken for granted by longtime or professional bowlers. There are just some things casual bowlers don’t know about the sport, from the importance of choosing the right equipment to game-improving strategies. Here are five important things you should know about bowling.

Choosing Your Bowling Ball
If you’re a recreational bowler just looking to have a fun Friday night out with friends, then you don’t have to worry about which bowling ball to use. The bowling alley will have a wide assortment of balls available for you to choose from. However, if you’re serious about the art of bowling, then you’ll need to obtain your own bowling ball. To choose the best one for you, determine the ideal weight, outer surface of the ball and drill patterns that will best improve your game.

The Cover Stocks
The outer surface of any bowling ball is called the cover stock, and there are various kinds to choose from. Each stock design has a different purpose, and many professionals build up their collection so they’re prepared for any bowling situation. You’ll need to consider the pros and cons of reactive resin, urethane and plastic cover stocks before making any decisions. Plastic cover stocks are designed to go straight, urethane is more durable and creates an easier hook. While reactive resin is the least durable choice, it has more hook potential as well as pin action.

Holding the Bowling Ball
Once you’ve found the right ball for you, you’ll need to figure out the best way to hold it. If you don’t have a good grip when holding or throwing your bowling ball, you can easily injure yourself. While there are numerous ways to grip the bowling ball, every one of them starts with the middle and ring finger of your dominant hand being placed in the top two holes with your thumb sitting in the lower one.

Why You Need Bowling Shoes
It’s a common assumption that bowling shoes are a scam run by the bowling alley to make some extra money. However, that’s not the case as bowling shoes are crucial to both the maintenance of the bowling lanes as well as your own safety. As the bowler’s last step is technically a slide when releasing the ball, bowling shoes allow for this slide to happen without fault. They also keep debris and other dirt off the lanes during a game.

Numbering the Bowling Pins
No matter which bowling alley you decide to go to, you’ll find that the pins are all numbered from one to ten and set to stand together in a triangle. It’s important to know about the pin rack, as many splits and leaves are referred to by number, like the 7-10 split. This method provides bowlers with a better understanding of the overall goal to knock down pins.

At Bowl BC, Vancouver’s top bowling alley with locations across the province, you’ll find friendly and helpful staff members wherever you go. With bowling tournaments for all ages and a variety of adult bowling programs, visit our website for more information.

How to Clean a Bowling Ball

How to Clean a Bowling Ball

Bowling is an activity that does not require much maintenance. When you do decide to invest in your bowling ball, you will need to clean it from time to time to keep it in good condition. Even though bowling is an indoor sport, your ball can still get dirty. It will not get covered in mud, but it will get oil on it with every throw you take. If you let oil accumulate on your ball, it will be more challenging to generate friction on the lane and get it to hook. Because of how heavy they are, cleaning it can be a tricky task. Here are the most effective methods to keep your bowling ball in pristine condition and get the most out of it.


You will need just a few supplies to clean your bowling ball correctly. A microfiber towel and ball cleaner are all you need. You can use household cleaners you already have like window cleaner, rubbing alcohol, or even dish soap. Many professional bowlers simply use a bucket or sink filled with water and a few drops of a cleaner. Just make sure the water you use is not boiling hot, as it can break down the ball’s material or even cause it to crack.


Allowing the ball to soak in water for some time will help draw some of the oil out of the coverstock. You should also cover the holes with tape so that the ball does not become waterlogged. Remove the tape and let the ball sit for a while when done soaking. That way it will be ready to when you need to use it next. You should notice that your ball has more friction against the lane now, giving you better control of your throw.

Some bowlers swear by using their dishwasher to clean their bowling ball. If you decide to do this, make sure your dishwasher does not get too hot or risk damaging your ball.

This type of in-depth cleaning only needs to be done every few months. But, it would be best if you still gave your ball a quick wipe with a towel between shots, especially on your first throws. That way you are continually removing oil before it builds up too quickly, reducing the number of full cleanings it needs.

The frequency you will need to clean your ball will also depend on lane conditions. Since drier patterns do not have as much oil, it will take more bowls for your ball to build up oil on it.

If you simply do not have the time to clean your ball or find it worth it to pay to have it cleaned, your local pro shop should be able to take care of it for you. They will have professional equipment like rapid ball spinners, polish, and pads to get the job done quickly and effectively. Moreover, on top of cleaning your ball, they can configure their system to optimize your ball for the specific lane conditions you face the most.

Purchasing your very own bowling ball is an investment you will want to keep protected. Towelling off your ball between shots is excellent preventative maintenance, but every once in a while you should thoroughly clean it. Ask us about cleaning your bowling ball the next time you stop by Bowl BC. Our experts can also show you ways to improve your game as well.

National Fund Incentive Prize Draw

On March 4 in Langley/Surrey at the Youth Bowl Canada Championships Provincial finals victory banquet all bowlers who sold 2 cases of chocolates for the National fund campaign their names will be put into a draw to win one of six $100 Walmart Gift Cards.

Congratulations to Chloe Moniz from Brechin Lanes, Nanaimo for being the top seller in the Province. Chloe sold 13 cases of National Fund product and was awarded the certificate for top sell and a $100 Walmart gift card.

The 6 prize draws of $100 Wal Mart gift cards were won by:
Shakayla Hancher, Lincoln Lanes, Vernon
Dean Florell, Nechako Lanes, Prince George
Will Peters, Nechako Lanes, Prince George
Spencer Ponto, Nechako Lanes, Prince George
Kyle Duemo, Scottsdale Lanes, Surrey
Peyton Pettigrew, Smithers Bowl, Smithers

Thank you to all YBC members who helped sell the National Fund product. Because of these sales we are able to offer a first class Provincial Championships & Banquet.

BC Bowls for Kids

Thank you British Columbia Proprietors and bowlers for once again showing your heart in support of the BC Bowls for Kids campaign and Variety, The Children’s Charity.  This year we were able to donate $63,000 on behalf of bowlers, proprietors and friends!  Without your support there would be no campaign!  This very worthwhile organization deserves a huge thank you for all the wonderful work they do here in British Columbia to help families & children in need.  Thank you Variety and all your volunteers!