So you've got a new bowling ball and you're excited to get it drilled.

But wait—how much is that going to cost? And what exactly does "drilling" entail, anyway? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

In this blog post, we'll give you a breakdown of the cost of drilling a bowling ball and some things you should know before you get started.

How Much Does It Cost to Drill a Bowling Ball?

The cost of drilling a bowling ball varies depending on the type of drilling you need and the complexity of the pattern. For example, a standard finger-hole drilling (which is what most people need) will generally cost between $30 and $50.

However, if you need a more complex pattern drilled—such as for thumb-hole placement or weight distribution—the price can go up to around $100.

Things to Know Before You Get Your Bowling Ball Drilled

Before you get your new bowling ball drilled, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  1. Be sure to clean your ball before you bring it in for drilling. Any dirt or grime on your ball will just make the drilling process more difficult—and it could end up costing you more money in the long run.
  2. Make sure you know what type of pattern you want drilled. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it's actually surprisingly easy to get overwhelmed by all the possibilities! If you're not sure which pattern is right for you, just ask your local pro shop attendant or give us a call—we're always happy to help.
  3. Be patient! Drilling a bowling ball is not an instantaneous process—it takes time and skill to do it right. Depending on the complexity of the pattern, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (or more) to complete the job. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the show!


No matter what your budget is, there's a bowling ball out there that's perfect for you. Tap below to see our top shelf list of the best bowling balls for beginners!

And if you really want to take your game to the next level, consider having your ball professionally drilled.

Professional drilling services can range in price from $30 to $100, depending on the type of drilling and the complexity of the job. So whether you're a casual bowler or a serious competitor, don't be afraid to invest in yourself—and your game!