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#70278 - 11/07/08 02:35 AM Need Tips to Fix my Approach/First Post
FleetRock Offline
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Registered: 11/06/08
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Whats up everyone. I just wanted to get some criticism and tips on fixing my approach and ways to increase my ball speed. I've been bowling seriously since August of this year. In this video I'm using a total inferno. I'm using a target zone for my spare ball, and I want to gets some tips on how to get it straighter, because it curves a bit, thus the missed spare at 8:23. Thanks in advance.

Practice 11/6/08

Edited by FleetRock (11/07/08 02:41 AM)

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#70284 - 11/07/08 07:37 AM Re: Need Tips to Fix my Approach/First Post [Re: FleetRock]
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Your swing plane looks very nice and straight. Your release looks pretty nice too. It looks like you control the armswing on some balls, which usually ends up with a pull, and it also looks like you start the ball more in front of your body sometimes, instead of in line with your shoulder, which tends to lead to a pull. I think the biggest thing I'd like to see is more knee bend. At the release point, you start to go into a nice slide, then straighten your leg and lean your chest over. You want your upper body to stay more upright, with a good knee bend and your butt low. Think sitting in a chair. Or, if you have ever done the exercise where you sit against a wall with no chair. That kind of "getting the hips low" in your slide should give you better balance and more leverage at the line.
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#70292 - 11/07/08 08:48 AM Re: Need Tips to Fix my Approach/First Post [Re: cgeorg]
Dennis Michael Offline
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You need to straighten your body to face your target. Often, you turn it and sometimes fall off at the slide. When you turn, your arm comes across and you miss your target.
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#70297 - 11/07/08 09:32 AM Re: Need Tips to Fix my Approach/First Post [Re: Dennis Michael]
bryhardt Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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You have a lot going for you. I agree with the other posters, your finishing position needs a little tweaking to get more power. You have a great hand position at the top of the swing, but its lost at release.

What I would work on first with you is the position of your left leg/foot. The recent article I have posted addresses some of these things. There are a couple photos to help illustrate. In a nutshell try turning the left foot so the toe is leading the swing of the leg at release, and then bend the knee of your left leg. This will automatically cause more knee bend of your right leg at your release.
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#70306 - 11/07/08 12:27 PM Re: Need Tips to Fix my Approach/First Post [Re: bryhardt]
FleetRock Offline
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Registered: 11/06/08
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A/S/L: 20/M/Daly City, CA
thanks for all the advice and tips. I'll try to fix the knee bend, and keeping my body straighter to my target, and thanks for the article bryhardt. Keep the advice coming.

#70307 - 11/07/08 12:45 PM Re: Need Tips to Fix my Approach/First Post [Re: FleetRock]
CoachJim Offline
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It looks to me like you just need to practice more, because you seem very awkward and uncoordinated like you are just learning a 4 step delivery. Give yourself a chance to get comfortable, letting the ball swing your arm will help prevent the ball from getting ahead of your feet.


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