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#71695 - 11/29/08 08:06 AM Re: New Video [Re: Jay R.]
CoachJim Offline
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I would like to see you put a towel just past the foul line and lift the ball just over it with your fingers. The ball is coming off your hand a little too quick and should be on your fingers a bit longer, the towel drill should help.

I personally don't see a problem with your footwork. You have long arms in relation to your legs, so your swing will take longer than most which is why your feet don't need to be as quick going into the slide. If you count the pace of your foot work it goes 1..2..3..4..slide even paced the whole way, no slowing or speeding up except in the last shot for some reason you quickened into the slide a bit, you didn't make a good shot, so I would assume that it felt awkward and not right.

If you increase your revrate by doing the towel drill I described above and you then need to increase your ball speed you may need to start the ball a bit sooner to allow your feet to be able to build up speed and quicken into the slide and be in proper timing so your foot gets to the line just ahead of the ball, but increase the revrate first, speed with not enough revs is a recipe for low scores.

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#71727 - 11/29/08 09:12 PM Re: New Video [Re: CoachJim]
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I'll see if I can't improve my footwork by playing with them tempo of certain steps. However, trying to make all my right foot steps short, particularly the one that I start my pushaway with is really awkward and makes it feel even more off than before. I can see why making my 4th step shorter could be good but I'm thinking all my others should be longer, more like regular walking steps.

As for the towel drill, I'll try it when I get the chance. Should the towel be folded one way and put that longer sides parallel with the foul line? I feel that unless the towel is only 3" past the foul line this will be very hard for me to achieve because I don't really know how to keep the ball longer.

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#71733 - 11/29/08 11:09 PM Re: New Video [Re: Jay R.]
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As for the towel drill, I'll try it when I get the chance. Should the towel be folded one way and put that longer sides parallel with the foul line? I feel that unless the towel is only 3" past the foul line this will be very hard for me to achieve because I don't really know how to keep the ball longer.


A regular bowling towel laid lengthwise with the foul line will work fine. Bowling thumbless may help also, but use a lighter house ball so you don't hurt your wrist. Try to keep the weight of the ball on the base of your index finger, once you get the feel of it, use your regular ball and try to mimic the same feel you had bowling thumbless.

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