What to Do With Old Bowling Balls

Do you have an old bowling ball that has become less useful for you? The bowling ball’s cover stock becomes less reactive over time and does not hook as well. Maybe your bowling ball just requires a bake, and then it could be functional. Or you genuinely need to replace your old bowling ball with a new one. So, what are you going to do with your old ball? Any ideas? We’ve got plenty of ideas about what to do with old bowling balls. Let’s find out

What to do with old bowling Balls

Reasons for not throwing away the old ball

If you take bowling seriously, you shouldn’t throw away the old ball. Being old and useless are synonymous in the case of the bowling ball. It can be useful to a competitive bowler. There are a few circumstances where you may need an old and less reactive ball. A worn-out bowling ball usually reacts the same as urethane bowling balls. And the acceptance of the motion of a urethane ball is classic and will always be functional. Though worn-out bowling show less reaction than a new one, their reaction is more consistent, consistent, and smooth.

You should bust out that old ball when your high-end balls are showing over-hook because of the torched oil. It might be a good choice to produce a relatively small amount of controllable hook. The balls’ reaction is supposed to be like urethane. So, using an old ball may suffice your temptation to throw a urethane ball. If there is no issue with your old ball and storage space, keep the ball to use in a suitable lane condition. If you only possess one ball, which is getting worn out, although we suggest keeping it, we recommend buying a new ball with many hooks for the right conditions. However, storing an old ball may appear as an issue in the case of storage and transportation, so if you have no choice but to get rid of the ball, we may suggest some options for you.

What to do with old bowling balls

There are numerous places and individuals who will gladly accept bowling ball donations. High school bowling teams, Special Olympics, youth bowling leagues, and other organizations always need equipment to make bowling for people who are eager to participate. Bowling is certainly an expensive hobby and not easy for everyone to continue. And there are a lot of enthusiastic beginners and kids out there who would love to own a ball; why don’t you donate your ball to fuel their passion for bowling?

The right place to donate the ball

If you don’t know where to donate, call your local bowling place and ask them for the right place where you can give away your old ball. There are many bowling centers, and pro shop operators will be eager to take your bowling ball off your hands and find someone who would need it. If they don’t want to take the ball and don’t offer any advice about any other place to donate it, there still are some alternatives for you. Explore local bowling programs and make direct contact with them. Contact the high school bowling coach or the Special Olympics director. Also, look for and contact local youth leagues. Think of someone who would gladly accept an older ball as a way to get started in the sport. Finally, while most thrift/secondhand stores do not accept bowling balls, call around and see if you can find one that does. You can probably find someone within a few minutes who will happily take your old bowling ball.

Sell the ball

Bowling balls are frequently used for purposes other than bowling. Arts and crafts, garden decor, jewelry, and so on. When the goal isn’t to bowl with the ball, many willing people will take it off your hands for free or at a low cost. You’re unlikely to make much money, but it’s much better than throwing the ball away.

Recycle the ball

Because most are urethane or have a core, recycling is usually not an option. Due to environmental or financial concerns, recycling plants are unable to recycle these balls. You might be able to recycle a ball that is entirely made of plastic, like a house ball. Inquire with your local waste management company about recycling the ball.

Throw it away if nothing above works for you

You can throw it away if you do not exceed the weight limit. Although this is unquestionably the worst method for getting rid of the ball, it is occasionally the only choice.


Now, you definitely know have plenty of thought about what to do with old bowling balls. We’d be delighted if any of our suggestions work for you.