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#174718 - 01/05/13 08:32 PM Need to slide more
Davebowling92710 Offline

Registered: 10/19/11
Posts: 16
A/S/L: 19/M/NY
Hey guys!

So I've been bowling for quite a long time and I bowl quite a bit. I am only 19 years old and about 2 summers ago I started getting really bad pain in my left knee (I finish on my left leg, I'm a righty). Since then I wear a knee brace when I bowl to try to relieve the pain a bit.

I don't have much of a slide, I have a little bit of a slide but its more of a plant. So I was wondering is there a way I can get more of a slide to finish to maybe take some of the pressure off my knee? If so how do I practice that?

I know it seems like a pretty simple solution but when you have muscle memory of planting it's hard to break just like anything else.

All tips and help is greatly appreciated smile

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#174719 - 01/05/13 08:49 PM Re: Need to slide more [Re: Davebowling92710]
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Registered: 11/30/10
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I was a planter until the beginning of this season. Switching to a good smooth slide has really improved my game. To learn to do it, I put on my slippers, and went into the garage where I have a very slick concrete floor. For the better part of an afternoon, I'd practice my aproach over and over, trying to get as low as possible and keeping my weight off of my heel (which serves as a break)

Once I felt comfortable sliding, and keeping my balance, I took it to the lanes, and really liked the results. Within a month of doing so, my average shot 20 pins, I shot my first 300 game, I set my personal best series on back-to-back league nights.
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#174720 - 01/05/13 08:52 PM Re: Need to slide more [Re: Davebowling92710]
B-Hammer Offline

Registered: 04/19/09
Posts: 1818
A/S/L: 30/M/Bellingham WA
One, make sure you have quality shoes that have a slide sole on the left side and push off on the right side (righty), ideally they are replaceable so that you can match the bottoms to the tackiness of the lanes.

Two, focus on pushing off into a slide on the second to last step. You can do this without a ball, just walk to the line and load up on that second to last step and then push into a slide.

Also be aware of how far away from the line your starting your slide, watch the pro's they are much further away from the line then most amateurs.

#174722 - 01/05/13 09:15 PM Re: Need to slide more [Re: Davebowling92710]
Eternal Bowler Offline
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Registered: 12/28/12
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I used to be a planter when I started using an actual 4-step or 5-step approach and I didn't know how to slide. Planting your slide foot can really do some nasty stuff to your knee; while I didn't get injured before switching to a slide (I'm glad I avoided that), I was noticing the bowlers with better fundamentals and they pretty much all slide.

What you can do to practice this (I practice my form kind of like this) is: find a room or a hallway (make sure you have enough room to move around) where you have a hard wood floor and put a pair of socks on. Pretend you're bowling (without the ball and shoes and all that jazz) and make a pretend approach with steps, arm swing, follow through, etc. On your last step, slide your foot forward. Because socks slide more easily, they are useful for helping you practice a slide.

When you take to the lanes, try the technique you practiced and you will notice a major difference in your leverage and balance. You will also notice how much less stress you put on your hip and knee; soon, you won't have to wear a knee brace! How liberating that will be! I used to get "bowler's hip" a few hours after I got home from bowling when I planted my foot, but after I started sliding on my last step, I don't get that anymore (or nearly as much).
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#174723 - 01/05/13 09:24 PM Re: Need to slide more [Re: Davebowling92710]
Davebowling92710 Offline

Registered: 10/19/11
Posts: 16
A/S/L: 19/M/NY
Who would of thought the most simple way to practice is to just do it at home in your socks or slippers lol. I will most definitely take all these tips and try it out because I'd love to get more of a slide for the sake of my knee. I wanna be able to bowl when I get older so I'd rather not hurt my knees while I'm young. Thanks so much guys!
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#174725 - 01/05/13 10:45 PM Re: Need to slide more [Re: Davebowling92710]
Calvin Pistorio Offline
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Registered: 02/19/07
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Like B-Hammer said, the shoes are very important. The slide sole might need clean. I agree that the interchangeable kind is good. Since I've began buying them I've never had an approach I couldn't slide on once I find the set up that will work.

After that it's a matter of technique and with out seeing you bowl it's hard to tell what might be an issue. You could be bending to far forward with your upper body, going into the slide too straight legged, stepping into the slide heel first or flat footed or any combination of them.
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