1. Keep them clean and use a wire brush as needed. As you progress with your game, definitely invest in good shoes with interchangeable heels and slide soles. The shoes will last a long time if you take care of them and the replacement soles won’t break the bank.

  2. Anyone I asked to learn how to slide said buy shoes with interchangeable soles as if I can’t just learn without them? I understand it’s definitely a great help. I just fall once in a while and I can’t throw hard when trying to learn to slide, I’m just super offbalanced but I feel like once I learn to slide and balance it will be a great help. I’ve been planting for a couple years now since I started bowling and I’m now 17 and have osgood schlatters disease and it’s not the most fun to bowl with. Hopefully it goes away once I’m done growing

  3. Get a slide sock I got a storm slide sock for like 15 bucks on Amazon. And you will have to lean on your toe when you do slide because the heel will make you stop quickly.

  4. The shoe doesn't matter if you heel plant. All bowling shoes have a non skid heel, so you really need to practice your approach without a heel plant. As someone else said, start with practicing a one step approach w/o a ball and progress to a full approach. You can do this at home if you have some floor area w/o carpeting. Once you feel comfortable with a slide approach, add the ball (probably not at home). I have 3 year old cheap Brunswick shoes in good condition, but the slide pad is pretty shot. The shoes are so comfortable, I don't want to get rid of them, so I added a slide sock from Amazon and it works fine. When it wears out I will buy another for $10-15.

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