How to make my bowling shoes slide more

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How to make my bowling shoes slide more
Having the right slide in your approach helps your bowling game. (au bowling image by iMAGINE from

When your bowling shoes don't slide properly, it affects your game. However, only one of your shoes should slide. Your other shoe should have a no-slip traction sole. Your sliding shoe sole should be dry and clean to glide without any hesitation. The floor at the approach should also be dry and clean. Any residue or debris left from other bowler's shoes can cause your slide to stop, throwing your game or injuring you. If your shoes are clean and dry, and the floor is too, take some extra measure to ensure your bowling shoes have just the right slide.

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Things you need

  • Steel brush
  • Shoe slide
  • Shoe protector

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  1. 1

    Clean the bottom of your sliding shoe with a steel brush. Brushing from the toe to the heel gives your shoe more slide; brushing the sole side to side gives you less slide.

  2. 2

    Tighten your shoe laces. While this may seem like it would make a difference in your slide, properly fitting shoes aid in your approach.

  3. 3

    Put on a shoe protector over your sliding shoe if you leave the bowling area. This protects your shoe sole from getting wet, sticky or dirty.

  4. 4

    Wear a shoe slide for a consistent approach. This slides over your shoe and is held in place with elastic straps.

Tips and warnings

  • Have a shoe repair centre cover your child's tennis shoe sole with a layer of buckskin. This gives him a gripper shoe and a slider that's a lot less expensive than a new pair of shoes.
  • Never use powder to increase your slide. It may affect other bowlers, causing their shoes to stick or slip out from under them, causing embarrassment and injury.

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