Iím confused on what I should do now. Iím getting used to my footwork but I canít really have a decent release with a higher backswing. I am not really forcing to have a higher backswing (now is more of a free arm swing) but in the past it is really low, not even reaching my waist level and I think thatís because Iím restricting it to go higher. But with that backswing I can control the ball and have a decent release. I joined a weekly league which started last week. Today is the second day and after the games, a bowler from the other team said that I have a strong wrist. I said that I may have a strong wrist but I canít hit my target consistently. Then she said thatís because during my backswing, my arm is going away from my body and my elbow is flying. (BTW, I may not have a really strong wrist because sometimes it becomes lazy and flattens out.)
Iím pretty comfortable with my approach now but I canít really control my downswing and release. I can stick to this and just work on my arm swing or I can go back to my old approach with a low backswing. Iím planning on practicing my old approach and post a video here to have a comparison. I want to ask for advice as to what I should do.
Your second video really shows improvement... it flows a lot better than the first. Smoother.. better tempo. Getting rid of the little hitch in the pushaway really helped too. I have spent the last two years reworking my game from a short, controlled swing to a longer, relaxed swing. My observations... ball reaction will be different, before I had more hook and less speed... more skid/snap. If the lanes set up nice for me, I could score ok, but when they dried out... I was toast... overreaction. The longer swing means increased ball speed, and a smoother arcing motion. Much easier to adjust to changing conditions.
Once I made the decision to change... I never went back. Muscle memory is a bear to overcome, so I would recommend you stick with your plan, and don't go back to the old style, ever.
Yes, the release is trickier with a higher relaxed swing. What I've found that is really helpful for me is to think "wait". Let the ball fall in the swing and wait for it to get to your ankle. Wait, wait, wait. Then, when it's there, with your hand/wrist in a nice strong position... just unload it off your hand smoothly. The key is to wait for the ball, and not pull it down... if you pull the ball down and force it, you will trash the roll, and pull it left.
You'll find that although you will probably never have the SAME ball reaction as before, you will, with practice, be able to control the amount of hook by making subtle changes with your release rotation.
Stay with the higher swing... you won't regret it. Keep up the good work!