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Category: Equipment
Type: Tip

ASK BOB - PUTTING POWDER ON SHOES




Q. Our scratch league follows a low-key handicap league. At least one bowler in that league uses house shoes, but brings baby powder to improve his slide. We all know this is illegal... can you relate to the severity of putting baby powder on shoes? What is the bowling center's responsibility for the protection of other bowlers?

A. Putting powder on your shoes to improve slide is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous to other bowlers. This practice can cause people to fall and this can lead to broken bones. I know of a bowler in our area that suffered a broken hip due to powder on the approach. This cost him a year off, a hip replacement and over $30.000. DO NOT USE POWDER TO INCREASE YOUR SLIDE. There are other methods of fixing slide problems. See your local pro shop. If the center knows about this problem I believe they would and should make it clear that no one can use powder. I am not an advocate of discouraging business, but if a person or persons continued this practice after being told not to I would ask them not to come back.


Submitted by: Bob Korth


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