When we compare
bowler performances, we often say that one has a
better "style" than the other. In
essence we mean better technique,
and by technique we mean how they
implement the sequence of movements used to
perform the delivery of a bowling
Apart from minor differences, good bowlers
understand their equipment and lane
conditions. They use techniques
based on the best use of principles that control human
movements that you see these world-class bowlers use
do not happen by chance.
Bowlers unwilling to learn from
specific studies find it more
difficult to advance their game.
Secondly, those unwilling to
acknowledge identified flaws
introduced into their game, or
apply techniques identified by those
who have learned the hard lessons,
will surely find their limitations.
virtually impossible for any athlete to reach
world-class performance without accepting the
insights from others
who know why it's better to perform each movement
one way rather than another. Along with a coach,
embracing a willingness to learn; adding your talent and
discipline, you'll be able to enhance
your bowling technique and performance.
Consistency Comes First
A good score, a high average, and a
win in bowling does not a good
bowler make. Most bowlers, even
those having higher averages, use
Many bowlers want to focus on
scores, and while that is a worthy
objective, it is not be the place
to start. Skilled coaches
recognize inconsistencies in a
bowler's game. Listening and
correcting flaws, and building
consistency are more worthy
Without consistency, it matters
little compared with
any other aspect of your game.
Flawed bowlers often compensate for one
flaw using another flawed component
of their game.
By forcing, pausing, exaggerating
other components of their bowling in
order to get to a near correct
release point, or by thrashing the
pins about hoping for secondary
action of the pins most often ends in a
less than satisfying resultant average.
One fault can lead to another
It is an axiom of life that one key
fault can cause two or three other
faults. As an example, forcefully pulling
(muscling) the ball down from the
top of the backswing may be
corrected anywhere from their stance
to their footwork. Identifying
the root flaw and selecting an
optimum response takes an educated
eye, and a willing heart.
Embrace the basics. They will
serve you well.