Acrylic Nails and Bowling: A Risky Combination?

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You’re all set to go bowling with your friends for some fun on a Friday night. But you just got a set of new acrylic nails! “Can I go bowling with acrylic nails?” you ask yourself. What are you going to do? Don’t panic. This post is going to save your life! We’ll cover the risks, tips, and tricks to make it through your game without breaking a nail or a sweat. 

Let’s begin!

Can you go bowling with acrylic nails? 

Yes. You can absolutely go bowling with acrylic nails! But you are going to have to make some adjustments to how you normally play.

The first thing you need to consider is the length of your nails.

If you have short acrylics then you might be able to bowl with no problems at all.

But if you wear long nails, then you’ll need to think about what you can do to protect them before setting foot on the lanes. 

For example, you should always avoid using your fingers to grab and balance a bowling ball. It can easily snap your nails off if they’re too long! 

Follow the tips below and you’ll be set to bowl in no time.

Can I put my fingers in a bowling ball?

Whether or not you can fit your fingers into the bowling ball depends on the length of your nails. 

If you have short acrylic nails, then it’s easy! You can just slide your fingers right in.

But if you wear long acrylic nails, they might not fit. 

A good tip, if your nails are long, is choose a bowling ball with wider finger holes, that way there’s more room and less chance of your nails getting stuck or caught.

Take your time choosing a ball and check if your nails fit ok. 

Just remember to keep your nails away from tight holes! If they get stuck, it’ll be a nightmare trying to get them out!

Not to mention painful!

Is it safe to go bowling with acrylic nails?

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Bowling with acrylic nails is perfectly safe, as long as you are careful. You don’t have to take them off. Just be sensible! 

That being said, you do want to protect your nails.

We’re going to share some great tips for bowling while wearing artificial nails.

But first, let’s take a look at what could go wrong.

The pros and cons of going bowling with acrylic nails.

So, are there any benefits to bowling with acrylic nails? Sadly. no.

Unless you count the fact that your hands will look really pretty! 

There are a few cons though. Acrylic nails can get chipped, cracked, or stuck in the ball if you’re not careful.

They can also seriously affect your game.

What are the risks of going bowling with acrylic nails on?

Bowling with acrylic nails isn’t life-threatening. But here are the main problems you might have:


This is the most common problem. 

Either your nails or your nail polish could easily chip while bowling. Chips are pretty easy to fix, but they can be really annoying, especially if you just got your nails done.

There are a few tricks you can try to prevent acrylic nails chipping which we’ll go into further down.


This is worse than chipping. Cracks cause structural damage to your nail and can also be quite painful. 

Not to mention they ruin your beautiful nails!

Sticking in the ball

If you’re bowling with acrylic nails, be careful not to use a ball that’s tight around your fingers.

The ball might feel comfy in your hand, but your fingers could get stuck when you go to release the ball.

The last thing you want is to tear off your nail and end up spending your fun night out in the emergency room!

Affecting your game 

Are you a competitive bowler? If your nails are too long or you’re worried about them chipping, it might affect your game. 

The feeling of the ball could throw you off, and you might not be able to concentrate.

How can I protect my acrylic nails while bowling?

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There are some easy things that you can do to protect your nails that will make sure bowling with acrylics is safe & fun! 

Here are some tips on how to keep your nails safe during your game.

Practice the Granny Roll

The best way to protect your nails while bowling is to stay away from the holes. But how can you bowl without putting your fingers inside the ball?

Simple, learn the Granny Roll!

The granny roll is a bowling technique where you grip the ball with both hands and kinda swing it underneath your legs.

There are some great tutorials on youtube that walk you through how to do a granny roll, and when you get the hang of it, your nails will thank you!

Use a ramp

Speaking of old ladies, there’s another device available at the local bowling alley that allows you to bowl without jeopardizing your nails.

The bowling ramp is a metal ramp that’s designed to help elderly, disabled, and very young bowlers.

If you ask the attendant, they’ll hook you up with one!

They’re actually pretty fun to use, and you’ll probably find that all your friends wanna try it out too!

Get some finger cots

Finger cots are basically tiny glove tips for your fingers.

They can be cotton or latex, and you can secure them to your fingers with an elastic band.

This will give you the lowest possible chance of chipping or scuffing your nails. 

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So, can you go bowling with acrylic nails? The answer is yes! 

There’s no reason why you can’t have a great time bowling and have amazing nails while doing it.

Just be cautious and make sure not to get your fingers stuck in the ball!

Take some finger cots with you too, just in case! If you take these precautions, (and practice rolling like a grandma) you shouldn’t have any problems at all. 🙂

Thank you for reading this article, I hope you have a great time bowling!

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  • Phoebe Meadows

    Phoebe Meadows is a self-proclaimed nail addict, always on the lookout for the latest trends and techniques. When she's not creating stunning nail designs, you can find her researching the latest nail care products or experimenting with new techniques.