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#95074 - 06/13/09 09:32 AM Acceleration prior to release
Dennis Michael Offline
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Been reading some instructional material. And, the subject comes up a couple of times that a slight acceleration is to be added just prior to the release. My question is, how do you add acceleration without using any muscles?

I've tried this, and I find the acceleration comes form my shoulder, which pulls my arm, wrist and hand through the ball. But, it quickly develops into hitting up on the ball. Are my final steps to increase in speed? Does my pushoff cause this automatically, and I am adding my arm to the equation?

What is the method to be used?
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#95075 - 06/13/09 09:53 AM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: Dennis Michael]
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This was actually a tip I received recently, and I have been practicing it.

It works best when I do a completely free swing, the acceleration I add is all at the INSTANT the ball is at my ankle, yes I use muscle, but I think it is mostly in my wrist/forearm and not my shoulder/legs.

Im still not perfect at it, but it is an acceleration through the ball I believe, with the hand/wrist. I can tell when I do it wrong because I throws me off my mark, but when I do it right it adds revs mostly, sometimes a little speed.

Will be interested to see the other feedback.
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#95078 - 06/13/09 10:54 AM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: Shale]
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You have to use your muscles. There's no 2 ways about it. That said, you use very little and it's at the release point. You've got a good amount of momentum at that point and you really don't have to add much more.

I think one of the issues is that most bowlers are so accustomed to using so much muscle that trying to tell them to just use a little at the release point will end up with them still using a tremendous amount of muscles. I think it's easier to at least get someone to experience a completely free swing and then add back in very small amounts of force in comparison to what they were previously accustomed to.

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#95084 - 06/13/09 11:34 AM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: Lefty]
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This is compounded by the fact that so many instructions suggest your ball arm is to follow up, over your head. I find that this adds to the hitting up motion, and muscle. If I leave my arm pointed at the target, there is much less muscle being used.
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#95091 - 06/13/09 01:09 PM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: Dennis Michael]
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When I accelerate through the ball I end up with my hand in front of my face, so i come through the ball to the left, but I think thats what lets me put a 45 degree rotation on it as well, since I dont just want to come up the side and put nearly 90 on it, as a traditional follow through looks like.

Picture your fingers on the left bottom side of the ball, accelerate through the bottom and then up the back towards the left at a 45 degreeish angle... thats what I try to do... not saying it is right, but the bottom move of my fingers from bottom left to bottom right, over to the bottom right gives it some movement which is then amplified and directed at the proper angle i want, when i move from the bottom right up to the top left as it rolls off my fingers.

Im probably overthinking it thought :P


Edited by Shale (06/13/09 01:11 PM)
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#95097 - 06/13/09 03:13 PM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: Shale]
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why not accelerate your last two steps on your approach first and see what that does before altering your swing.
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#95101 - 06/13/09 03:33 PM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Three things will propel the ball through the release, none of them include ripping through the ball:

1. The power step going into the slide builds ball speed and momentum through the release. The key to a good power step is to have the ball at your hip on the second step of a 4 step delivery, this will cause the ball to reach the top of the back swing and force a quick and short third step which will spring the bowlers momentum down and forward through the slide.

2. Read Joe Slowinski's article about the balance arm:
http://www.bowlingknowledge.info/images/stories/june09_article.pdf

Pulling the balance arm back propels the arm and hand through the release.

3. C0cking and or cupping the wrist into the release will also propel the arm and hand through the release. It has to be done after the ball drops down from the top of the back swing and before the release.


Edited by CoachJim (06/13/09 03:34 PM)

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#95122 - 06/13/09 05:08 PM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: CoachJim]
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Jim, I figured it had to be the power step, and not the arm. That coupled with the balance arm pulled back will push the ball arm forward as well, as your shoulders rotate. This makes more sense then using arm muscle.

Too many articles say to add speed just as your ball reaches your ankle, but don't explain how.
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#95131 - 06/13/09 05:53 PM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Too many articles say to add speed just as your ball reaches your ankle, but don't explain how.


There have been many many articles and books with the accelerate through the release, and not until the last few years was it explained how to do it.

This is why I read BTM and Bowlers Journal and the usbc coaching updates, and keep an eye on Bowling books coming out and all the various websites to try to stay up on things. So little study has been done on bowling that it seems more and more is learned all the time. Sometimes just reading about the same topic in someone else's words helps turn on a light bulb.

Let me knowhow it works out and which of the three worked best for you.

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#95159 - 06/13/09 09:45 PM Re: Acceleration prior to release [Re: CoachJim]
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My comment wasn't about ripping through the ball. It's more like just reaching out. I've found when I just let momentum take my arm wherever it will go, I don't get as good of a ball reaction as when I purposely reach out. I'm talking about a very tiny amount of muscle.

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