How Much Does Bowling Ball Drilling Cost?
Bowling ball drilling is the process of putting the finger holes in the bowling ball by using a drill. If you are a professional bowler or simply an avid player of the sport, you know that the holes in the bowling ball can have a large impact on how well you play the game. When you purchase a brand new ball, it will usually be solid and will not have the holes pre-drilled. Because of this, it must be drilled in accordance to the measurement of your fingers. Since this customization is usually done at a pro shop or sporting goods store, it may be an additional cost.
How much does it cost?
- When you purchase a bowling ball, you usually have the option to have the finger holes pre-drilled or to have custom holes drilled. If you choose the pre-drilled holes, you will not have any extra charge for the drilling service. According to Livestrong.com, drilling often comes as a bonus when you purchase a new bowling ball.
- Bowling and sporting goods stores will usually require a separate fee for drilling the finger holes. Many times, the dealer through whom you purchase the bowling ball does not offer the service of drilling the finger holes. If this is the case, they will have to refer you to someone in your area to perform the drilling. If this is the case, you can expect to pay from $20 to $50 for the drilling. If the company from whom you bought the ball offers drilling but bills for it separately, it will probably cost between $10 and $20
- Bowlingball.com, another site dedicated to selling bowling balls, offers drilling as a separate service which is priced from $50 to $70. The exact price depends mostly on the quality of the ball to be drilled and the material from which it is made. However, for bowlers who only play for recreation and not for competition, there is an option for basic drilling services that range from $30 to $50.
- For cheaper drilling services, Cheapbowlingballs.com offers affordable prices that range from $20 to $40.
What is going to be included?
- Having your new bowling ball drilled is easy if you know the right people to do the job. As mentioned, you can have the ball drilled after you buy it. In the event that the store does not offer custom drill services, you can ask for references. They will have the knowledge to help you find a quality shop in your area.
- If you opt to do your transaction over the internet, you are usually presented with some options regarding the drilling layout. Many sites such as Bowlingball.com give a basic drilling service measurement chart that is designed for you to specify the hole sizes of your ball. In addition, there are recommended drilling patterns from which you can choose. For you to get the best out of the service, you should visit a shop that has each pattern put into a ball so you can feel which one works best for you.
- Drilling protection is an optional additional feature for drilling services.
What are the extra costs?
- Drilling protection. Drilling protection is rarely included in the drilling fee. As we all know, drilling a bowling ball is a delicate process. Because of the materials from which the balls can be made, it is possible that they will crack while being drilled. Drilling protection serves as insurance against the ball being damaged. Some stores offer this protection for a minimal fee. Bowlingball.com, for instance, offers $4.99 drilling protection on balls bought at their store.
Factors that influence the price:
- The type of balling ball to be drilled. Some materials are more delicate than others and are much harder to drill. Thus, most shops charge higher price for such balls.
- Location/Store. The price of drilling service depends from one store to another. Not to mention that if you live in areas where only a handful of sporting goods stores can be found, the price may be a little higher since there is no competition.
Tips to know:
- Although some people do the drilling on their own, it is always better to have professionals do it for you. Otherwise you run the risk of cracking the ball or drilling it incorrectly and ruining a perfectly good ball.
- It will not really cost you much to purchase drilling protection, so it is advised that you choose this option. However, it must be known that drilling protection is available only for new bowling balls. Also, most drilling policies have various restrictions, including expiration dates.
How can I save money?
- Shop around. Look for the nearest sporting goods store that offers the service at the most reasonable price. By bringing your ball in locally, this will give you the opportunity to save on shipping fees as well as get exact finger measurements.
- You will be able to save money if you have your bowling ball drilled in the same store where you bought it. It will also give you peace of mind that they will replace it in the event that the drilling caused damage to the ball or was not done correctly.