Bowler's Reference
How Far From The Foul Line

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Where To Start

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.

1.   Go to the foul line, and facing away from the foul line, place your heel where you want your feet to finish.

2.   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 muscle force.

3.   Turn around and face the foul line.

4.   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 issue.

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.




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