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More Tips on Bowling Fundamentals

Aug 17, 2007
Your concentration on the foul line with a coordinated approach and rhythmic can give you a good result. Therefore it is necessary to practice on your steps because they are very vital to good bowling. It is also natural to move your foot forward when you push the ball outward from the body.

FOOTWORK
Footwork is one of the fundamentals on which a bowler should concentrate. Without a co-coordinated approach to the foul line the bowler is under a handicap. Perhaps you haven't thought of it this way, but actually, every- thing that happens in bowling depends on what you do on this side of the foul line. If your approach is smooth and rhythmical, your de- livery well-timed and your eyes directed straight forward, chances are that the result will be a good one. Perfect your footwork. You can practice at home. Merely pacing off your steps with a bowling ball in your hand helps a lot.

The bowler using a four-step approach steps forward on his right foot. The five-step player begins on his left foot that is, if he is right-handed, of course. So, after deciding on how many steps to take and where to start, practice the approach with a bowling ball until your footwork and the swing of your arm are perfectly co-coordinated. The ball should come forward for delivery at the exact moment that you slide up to the foul line on your left foot.

THE PUSHAWAY

The approach begins with the push away (the pushing of the ball outward from the body). The push away itself is the trigger that starts you off with perfect timing. As you aim the ball out toward the pins, your feet should move forward naturally and easily with no conscious effort on your part.

Take your stance on the right side of the approach. Move up to the foul line in a straight line, not in a zigzag or a curving path. Begin with a short, almost a half-step on your right foot, and at the same time push the ball forward and outward in a smooth, easy motion. This co-ordinates the movement of your hands and feet and sends you forward in a smooth glide. At this point, make certain that you are not starting too fast. The short first step usually helps to keep your speed natural, and makes your approach short enough that you do not cross the foul line. As you complete your first step (in a four-step delivery), the ball should begin to drop into its backswing. Hold your left hand outstretched for balance.

Hold the ball easily, but firmly, without pressing. When you take the second step on your left foot, the ball, swinging in its backward arc, just passes the right knee or thereabouts. Your body should be wholly relaxed, with the ball swinging from the end of your arm like a pendulum. Be sure that your feet are pointed forward and that your eyes are directed in the line in which you plan to have the ball travel. Your right arm should swing, as mentioned above, like a pendulum of a clock. It should be close to the body, with your right shoulder serving as a pivot base. Contrary to the belief of many bowlers, it is not wrong for the right shoulder to be dropped a little, since the weight of the ball is entirely on the right arm.

The mistake lies in allowing the right shoulder to be pulled back, which shifts the body into a sidewise position. The third step, taken on the right foot, is a bit longer than the second and is known as the "backswing step," since on this step the backswing reaches its peak. Too high a backswing is one of the cardinal errors of bowling.

The best way to avoid the mistake is to take the swing no higher than your shoulder. In doing so, you develop plenty of momentum for the downswing and can deliver an effective ball with good natural speed. Don't get overeager when you reach the backswing. Remember that your original intention was to build up a smoothly flowing motion. Keep your footwork and the swing of the ball smooth. Your knees should be bent a bit, and your body bent forward from the waist to compensate for the weight of the ball.

Don't only follow the popular beliefs, but you should also know how you move your body and swing them while you steps to bowl. The more you are aware of how to moves and takes steps the better your chance of succeeding in this game.
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