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#77536 - 01/28/09 01:33 PM New to Bowling Community need advice
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Please be kind I just started Bowling 5 months ago
I went from 3 step 5 pin to 4 step 10 pin so I am still fighting
not to three step. Any advice would be muchly appreciated. laugh

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#77539 - 01/28/09 01:57 PM Re: New to Bowling Community need advice [Re: Nuten]
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Well the good news is that you don't look like you are trying to throw the ball, and your swing looks somewhat free. Now as far as fixing a few things lets start.

1- A bigger push away with the ball at the start of your approach would be good. Rather than just letting the ball drop straight down, try to push the ball out as if you are trying to set it onto a glass table. I think this will help with your feet being a little fast.

2- Your third step is really fast, it would be better to try and slow that step down, as this is where all the power of a bowling release comes from. This is the power step, where you "coil" up and then unload into the foul line. The longer you can make this step, the more stable and powerful you will be at the line.

3- Follow through is really short. It would be better if you tried to extend it up to shoulder height and let the elbow break slightly, then recoil back and forth keeping that free swing mentality.

4- Keep your body down at the foul line. If you watch you are "popping" up at the line which is usually a symptom of yanking on the ball a little bit. This might not be what is causing you to end taller than your slide, but you should be down at the line, well balanced and posted. Remember you are throwing a perfect bowling shot so you have to give those camera men plenty of time to get a good photo haha!
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#77554 - 01/28/09 03:32 PM Re: New to Bowling Community need advice [Re: sk8shorty01]
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Originally Posted By: sk8shorty01

4- Keep your body down at the foul line. If you watch you are "popping" up at the line which is usually a symptom of yanking on the ball a little bit. This might not be what is causing you to end taller than your slide, but you should be down at the line, well balanced and posted. Remember you are throwing a perfect bowling shot so you have to give those camera men plenty of time to get a good photo haha!


I saw this right away too, and it looks like you are falling back onto your back foot after the ball is gone. To me, that would indicate that you have too much weight on your heels in your stance and through your approach. You want to start your CoG over your toes/balls of your feet and keep it there all the way through that longer, more fluid follow-through that sk8 is talking about. Keep it up, you're doing well!


Edited by Chubbs (01/28/09 03:34 PM)
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#77557 - 01/28/09 04:07 PM Re: New to Bowling Community need advice [Re: Chubbs]
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Just to elaborate on what Chubbs said, this is true but you want to walk with a heel-toe cadance. Do not walk on your toes or you will end up losing a lot of leverage and end up sticking in the slide. The walk is similar to walking down a ramp or slope. You want your heel to come in contact with the approach first, then the weight transfers to the ball and toes as you take the next step.
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#77574 - 01/28/09 07:19 PM Re: New to Bowling Community need advice [Re: sk8shorty01]
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Originally Posted By: sk8shorty01

This is the power step, where you "coil" up and then unload into the foul line. The longer you can make this step, the more stable and powerful you will be at the line.


Hmm.. Are you sure? Isn't the power step supposed to be short to allow you to get lower and set you up in a good position to push yourself into the slide?
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#77617 - 01/29/09 07:57 AM Re: New to Bowling Community need advice [Re: Nuten]
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I just want to thank all who has given me advice. I think this is great to be able to get advice on my bowling form from such great bowlers. I will post more videos after next lesson. thumbsup

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#77623 - 01/29/09 08:41 AM Re: New to Bowling Community need advice [Re: Luksa]
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Originally Posted By: Luksa
Originally Posted By: sk8shorty01

This is the power step, where you "coil" up and then unload into the foul line. The longer you can make this step, the more stable and powerful you will be at the line.


Hmm.. Are you sure? Isn't the power step supposed to be short to allow you to get lower and set you up in a good position to push yourself into the slide?


Remember that slow does not mean long. The step should be roughly a normal walking step, but it should take more time. I didn't say to elongate the step, I said to slow the step. You can't build up power if you don't give your body time to "load up". Sorry for any confusion.
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