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#127407 - 05/10/10 08:24 PM Five Step Or Four Step Approach...
Rob183 Offline
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Hi everyone...Thanks for all your help in the past and I hope you can just give me some good advice one this one... When I started bowling, I have always gone with the five step approach.. Even thou I avg pretty well with this approach but I am very inconsistent with my timing and release. My timing has been a constant problem due to the fact my last three steps are more like a mini hop rather than steps.. So at times I am off balance and leverage is totally gone. One coach told me that my arm is ahead of my feet by one step.. This also causes me to bend at the elbow to try to get everything in time... Sometimes it works but most of the time it does not..

Since I did not learn the four step approach first, could learning it help me with timing issues? I also hear that with the four step approach you can see issues in time better. Is that a true statement? Is there more of a benefit from four or five steps? Thanks for your help once again...

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#127417 - 05/10/10 11:36 PM Re: Five Step Or Four Step Approach... [Re: Rob183]
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I use a four-step approach most of the time, but will occasionally go to five steps to help with timing issues. I used a five-step approach for about 2 months until just this last weekend, when I started to feel like it was hurting my timing, instead of helping.

I think both approaches are useful at times. I originally went to the five-step because that first step is just a timing step - no real ball movement, just a step to get you started. And it helped my timing for awhile. With a four-step approach your first step and ball movement basically begin at the same time, so if you're off with your timing of the two using a five-step approach, a four-step approach could help.

I think it's good to learn both in any case, but I don't think one is better than the other - just different.
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#127420 - 05/11/10 12:01 AM Re: Five Step Or Four Step Approach... [Re: wklstoy]
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Like was said, if you're having timing issues going to a 4-step approach could get you more used to moving the right foot and ball at the same time. When you have it down you can go back to 5 steps and see if you can do it. Or if you simply can't do it with 5 or more steps, maybe the 4-step approach is the best way for YOU. I use 5 steps but I really don't think I've ever had issues starting the ball and right foot at the same time.

I see so many bowlers start the ball after their first(of 4) or second(of 5) step and I'm sure it's just how they learned to bowl. Subconsciously, some of them probably didn't like the faster pace of starting the ball "on time" so they adapted to the later push away. One of my team mates, a decent bowler, is like this. He has no mind for proper timing though, it just is what it is.

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#127431 - 05/11/10 08:22 AM Re: Five Step Or Four Step Approach... [Re: Jay R.]
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Rob,

I started with a 5 step approach, being new to the game the best thing I can tell you with the 5 step is work on tempo. The first and second step to me are the timing steps. The first step I try to feel as relaxed as possible the second step and the push out I like to feel like my right toe "catches" the ball. The tempo is where I had the biggest hurdle once I got the tempo down the timing got much better. I have the distant taped out on my floor. I do most of my work on tempo and slide in my apartment. The key for me is to not rush the down swing, my coach always stresses gravity will take care of the down swing.

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