I Bought My Bowling Ball at Endah Parade Pro Shop

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Yesterday I told you that I wasΒ close to buying my first bowling ball.

After calling my wife to discuss about it and thinking through the whole day, I made my way to the Endah Parade bowling pro shop to buy the ball.

I walked in to the shop and was immediately stunned. Standing there was our Malaysian bowling team head coach Holloway Cheah!

A very nice lady (I assume it is his wife Joy) explained to me the bowling balls they stocked, and I selected the Brunswick Power Groove Urethane Black Purple Solid (what a mouthful!)

Brunswick Power Groove Urethane Black Purple Solid

The shop had a package deal. RM450 for this ball, a bowling bag and a pair of shoes. I didn’t add another RM100 to upgrade to a two ball bowling bag with rollers.

Too bad they didn’t have any skull bowling balls, which would have looked really cool!

I paid another RM49 for thumb and finger inserts.

I selected a 14 pound ball because the 13 pound ball was in pink.

So I was shaking there and really nervous as Mr Cheah came to measure my hand.

He kept telling me to relax. At first I wanted to drill the ball with a standard grip, but he recommended a fingertip grip instead.

If you remember yesterday’s post, I was so nervous about getting the ball drilled properly. I had Malaysia’s bowling ball specialist / head national coach doing it for me!

He spent 15 minutes drilling the ball while I sat there and read magazines (on my best behaviour I tell you)

After drilling the ball, he came over to have me test it out. It fit perfectly, and the 14 pound ball felt more like a 12 pound ball.

And then… he gave me a quick tip on how to release the ball to throw a hook. O…M….G!!!

That in itself made everything worth it. A lesson from the national team head coach is priceless!

In the end, his wife even gave me a complimentary ball cleaner.

Thank you! (I think I must have said that to them ten times)

I walked out of the shop cradling my new bowling ball like a baby. I was so happy because of the friendly people, great price and because I finally had my own ball.

The story doesn’t end there.

Later that night I was excited to try out my ball, so I made a trip to the 1 Utama bowling alley.

I couldn’t stop smiling. I lined up my first shot at the second arrow and the ball hit the mark perfectly. Then the ball started to hook… and hook… and hook… and hit the 7 pin (the last pin on the left).

So I spent the night just adjusting, trying to find the correct line to use.

I was trying to get used to the heavier weight, and by the end of my bowling session I looked like I completed half an hour of cardio at the gym.

The heavier weight also meant that I had to adjust my timing. I kept throwing the ball with late timing.

I tried to throw the ball with more ball speed, and with slower ball speed just to see how it will behave. It was a session of adjustment, of practice, of trying new things.

The ball was everything I thought it would be. I didn’t have to grip the ball anymore on my swing because it didn’t feel like it was going to drop off my hand.

If I threw it just right, I could get the ball to hook without much effort on my part. The ball seemed to send the pins flying (or maybe I imagined it) compared to using the normal house balls.

My average for that night was one hundred…. and…. ten. Okay I know that sucks. But its okay, I’m still adjusting to the new ball, it will take a few sessions.

I’m really happy with the ball. It’s money well spent.

If you are getting bowling equipment, I highly recommend the bowling pro shop at Endah Parade (a.k.a. Carrefour) Sri Petaling.

[tags]Bowling, Ball, Pro Shop, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia[/tags]

16 thoughts on “I Bought My Bowling Ball at Endah Parade Pro Shop”

  1. Once in a while, we should get something for ourselves πŸ™‚

    Adino: Yeah I guess… so far I don’t regret the purchase!

  2. ah, u decided to buy it. enjoy πŸ™‚

    Adino: Yup, I’m enjoying it! My score has improved by 30 pins and the other day I had a 178 game!

  3. Stumbled upon your blog by accident; I was actually Googling the new Storm Prodigy bowling ball, lol. Good to find a fellow bowling kaki. Don’t worry too much about the score, man, it’ll improve in time. πŸ™‚

    Adino: Welcome, I’m glad to find another bowling kaki too haha! Where do you normally bowl?

  4. Hey Adino,

    I am looking for a ball too and like Najib stumbled on your blog. Heard there are 2 pro shops in Endah Parade. Which one was it you bought ur ball from? The one inside the alley or outside?

    Adino: Hi Doug, I didn’t know there were two pro shops there. I bought from the one inside the bowling alley.

  5. hello… i’m a looking for bowling shop that to online sale.. did that shopw u mention earlier do online???

    Adino: I don’t know any online bowling shop in Malaysia, but anyway I think is better to go to physical shop so they can recommend the best ball and make the best measurements.

  6. Hi Adino,

    I am introducing my 10 year old daughter in the game. She liked it although she’s still strugling to use the house ball which was too heavy and the holes don’t fit her fingers well. What was the lightest ball for sale in the pro shop?

    Adino: Hi Cris, I can’t really recall what the lightest ball was, but I’m sure they have something suitable. By the way your daughter will be able to use a heavier ball if it is custom fit for her hand.

  7. heyy…im kinda new to bowling (not really, been playing casually almost every weekend since im 18…im 20 btw) πŸ™‚

    my pinfall average is about 120 and i started thinking about buying me a bowling ball and shoes..wat do you think?should i wait and play some more using house ball and shoes..?

    i kinda need advices from an experienced bowler like urself..so that i know im doing right..lol

    Adino: Hi! Yes you should definitely get your own equipment. Maybe you could start with an entry to mid range ball.

  8. yess i should have my own equipments! but the thing is..
    i dont know a thing about buying bowling equipments lol..

    can u suggest which mid range bowling ball wud u prefer?
    and which shoes that may suits a beginner like me… πŸ™‚

    Adino: Actually I’m not so up-to-date on the latest equipment. I hardly visit the shop nowadays haha. Maybe you could visit a pro shop and ask them for advice. Maybe check out a good one like Endah Parade.

    Also you can browse YouTube for bowling ball reviews and see them in action.

  9. hi ADINO,

    is it the shop have a lot of second hand bowling ball to sale there?? i am looking for storm ball just now..

    Adino: Hi Fami! I didn’t see any second hand bowling balls there.

  10. I found this blog on accident looking at pictures of Power grooves. I was trying to find a pic of the one i just got today to send to one of my friends. So i read your blog and i found it funny that i am doing the exact same thing right now. except this is my second ball. My first was an 11 pound T-zone which was purple and i got it with the ball bag and shoe combo. But recently my boyfriend wanted to teach me how to hook because im not too consistent with my traditional drill and he thinks it would help my accuracy. So i bought the power groove. A 12 pound pink and blue one though. and i got it drilled fingertip. Im so excited to try it out.

    Adino: Awesome! Good luck!

  11. Nice post.

    I am a casual player that’s contemplating getting a custom ball simply because my fingers are chubby, so I end up with a size 13 ball but my wrists are weak, so they tire easily after a couple of throws.

    So I might look up the bowling shop in Endah Parade once I am back in Malaysia. Thanks for the tip.

    Adino: You’re welcome!

  12. We ALSO BOUGHT BALLS at Endah Parade. We visited, pyramid and Ampang Point shopping mall without success. Thanks for posting your blog. It has been most helpful for our trip to KL.

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