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 The Approach

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Before your approach

The approach is actually not the place to begin.  There are things to consider before you bowl, getting set-up, and a mental review of strategies you have designed for your next shot.  When you start your approach from a stable base, you can expect better results.

First, learn the trade

To achieve consistent, effective bowling, it is fundamental that you first understand the details of bowling.  Tricks of the trade cannot be successfully employed without first correctly implementing the fundamentals. 

You need to understand what works for you and what doesnít.  Implementing a flawed approach does not enhance your chances of getting it right. You need to know your own game. 

Knowing your own game thoroughly requires time, energy and dedication. If your understanding is limited, you should consider a few sessions with a coach.   A coach can help you discover areas that can lead toward better scoring and enjoyment of your sport. A coach can identify how to avoid those things that hold you back from achieving what you're  looking for.

Keep it simple

The fewer variations you introduce, the easier it is to repeat good shots. The fewer fancy movements you introduce into your approach, the easier to make corrections, and repeat good shots.  Simplicity rules over fancy. 

Some bowlers tend to get too crafty with their push-away.  They push away at the wrong time, too hard or not enough.  Their pace is too fast or too slow, and they lose their balance at the line.  Some tend to walk away from the target, use a variety of strides, different releases, etc.  They have a basketful of ways to overcome each flaw by introducing other flaws that eventually limit their performance.

While there is a time to introduce variances into your bowling, remember that consistency is achieved best when your technique is simple and repeatable.

Keep it smooth

A smooth approach is a very important physical aspect of effective bowling.  You should not march up to the foul line like a soldier or have a choppy look and feel to your approach.  The more effective bowling approach is a smooth and fluent motion with a rhythm you can actually feel.

Think about the message

The approach consists of key components that lead to good bowling. Take your time.  Think about the message.  There are many critics and suggestions, but do yourself a favor and follow advice of USBC certified coaches.  There are many paths to follow, and most are often misleading.  Apply lessons learned, and enjoy our great sport.

Let's start our approach

Something has to get you started.  An effective approach consists of essential components. 

Much can be gained as you think through each area. Letís walk through key areas that lead to a good approach. 

Where To Start - Where will you start, and where you do want to be at your release

Direction - The path you and the ball take.  There are good and bad paths.

Pace - How quickly and controllably you walk

Number of Steps - The number of steps you take to the foul line

Stride Length - The length and evenness of each step

Rhythm - the tempo of your steps

Balance - Maintaining balance throughout your approach significantly impacts consistency and scoring.

Targeting - your chosen target or area during your approach

Holding the ball -Throughout the approach, your hands provide valuable inputs as to where the ball will travel throughout it's travel toward the pins.

Putting it together

While it is different with a ball in your hand, you can practice these components without a ball while at home.  Practice each component until you find a rhythm; smooth, and not jerky; and teach your hand to feel effective throughout the approach. Then take what you've learned to the bowling center for a practice session.

Though there is much to consider, you can achieve more effective bowling skills.  Follow the guide provided in the index located at the top of the page.



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Anyone can start from this point and make a brand new ending.

































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