How far away from the foul line to
start your approach determines, in large part, the ability
of the bowler to properly place the ball onto the lane.
So, to release the ball at a consistent point, the bowler is
well advised to begin with an optimum starting position.
Go to the foul line, and facing away
from the foul line, place your heel
where you want your feet to finish.
Taking normal steps (4, 5, 6), pace
away from the foul line, plus ½ step
for your slide (a very important
factor). Remember that while
ball speed is important, it is best
achieved by the legs and the number
of steps taken, and not tense arm
Turn around and face the foul line.
This is your starting position.
If you should foul from this
starting position, you know one or
more of your steps is too long.
If you stop short from this starting
position, you know one or more of
your steps is too short.
To identify which of your steps is
causing the problem, you should have
a coach assist you in resolving this
The number of steps taken in your
approach is a factor to be
considered whenever considering the
lane conditions, the speed of your
release, your body structure (tall,
short) and body structure. In
general, this text will consider the
last four steps of your approach.
These last four steps are critical
to your successful release when
considering your timing.
Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.
You must set yourself on fire.
If you expect to end right, it is best to start