“You start to develop a foundation based on granite rather than in sand, and when a strong or a stiff wind comes along, it no longer blows your foundation completely away.” –Jeffrey Combs–
Regardless of your style of bowling, there are some fundamental techniques that must be established and fine-tuned in order to have a solid foundation for your bowling game.
Once these have been set, you’ll be able to develop the other important aspects of your bowling. The keys are starting point, target, timing, swing, consistent release, follow through, and balance and leverage.
Today’s “Choc-list” should help you to set-up that foundation.
1) Always set yourself up at the same STARTING POINT. This is fairly common sense. If you want to develop accuracy and consistency, you’ll need to have the same reference points each time you get on the approach.
2) Keeping your eyes on your TARGET and watching your ball roll over it. If you don’t see your ball rolling over your mark, it would be the same as bowling with your eyes closed. You can’t hit what you can’t see.
3) Developing smooth TIMING and ARMSWING. They depend on each other. You’ll generally not have one without the other. The armswing should be in a complete arc in rhythm with your footwork.
4) Making sure that you have a CONSISTENT RELEASE every time you throw the ball. If you vary the way you let your ball go, you won’t be able to set up good targets because you won’t know whether your ball will go straight, left, or right.
5) Ensuring you have a good FOLLOW THROUGH after releasing your bowling ball. Look at any sport that requires a ball to hit a target. After the ball is released, you have to follow through completely to have a chance at hitting the mark.
6) Sustaining good BALANCE and LEVERAGE at the foul line while releasing your ball. When steps 1) through 5), above, are in sync, you’ll be able to maintain your balance at the line. You’ll have strong leverage at the release point. When you’re in balance, you’ll be able to hold your final form until your ball passes the pins. You’ll “feel” the leverage.
Don’t try to work on all these things at the same time.
If you’re a beginner, hire a coach and take each point and work on them. Take as many practice sessions as necessary to establish the solid foundation.
If you’re an established bowler, work on each point in the order given to fine-tune your bowling game. It’s never too late to adjust any foundation and make it better.