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Category: Equipment
Type: Ritual

ROSIN IN THE THUMB HOLE...GOOD OR BAD?




Q. We see bowlers who pound a rosin bag over the thumb hole, then wipe it off with a towel. Although the towel picks up the surface rosin, one would think that the thumbhole would accumulate a lot of rosin over time...where does this buildup end up? Does it eventually spread some on the lane or in the pit? Do you have a method of removing buildup from the thumb and finger holes?


A. I personally don’t understand why anyone pounds the rosin bag over the holes. It is messy and puts way to much rosin in the holes. Yes a buildup can occur and the ball can actually become harder to hang on to. That build up can become slippery. Yes, it could get on the lanes and in the pit and it would attract dirt. The centers have enough problems trying to keep the lanes and machines clean with out us spreading rosin all over the place. I also would be more concerned about it getting on the approach and being a danger to others. When the gripping holes become either sticky or slippery you can clean them out with alcohol or acetone I keep some q-tips handy for just such a job.


Submitted by: Bob Korth


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