What's wrong Coach?
be a page for your bowling problems or niggles that are costing you to
suffer on the green.
Common faults and corrective exercises
for all to see and try.
If you need further help, get in
touch with a local Coach for assistance.
Bowling across yourself.
number of players ''bowl across themselves'' this is to say that after
they release their bowl, their delivery arm follows through across
their body. Often to finish inline with their non bowling shoulder or
their own face. This is a bad practice, which can lead to bowlers
getting very frustrated. The point being, when they release their bowl,
will depend where it will finish. If they release it to early, their
bowl will 'stay wide' of the jack land. If they release to late, they
will end up 'pulling' their bowl inside of the land. Yet if they let go
of their bowl at the correct time, they are very likely to bowl a great
bowl and finish near to the jack. So, here's the frustrating part. How
many times have you come off the green and said ''I bowled really awful
most of that game, and yet I bowled a couple of really good bowls.
Hence your problem.
answer is to allow your bowling arm to deliver the bowl and 'follow
through with your delivery arm' allowing it to travel until your
touch your bowling arm shoulder.
Feet in correct position.
Some players stance before and after causes their problems. Make sure
your feet and shoulders are 'square' to where you are intending to
play. Start with your feet spaced comfortably apart, and level to the
direction you wish to bowl. When you finish, your leading foot should
go forward a distance ( that is not too far or short) straight in
front. being careful NOT to bring it 'across' ( known as tight rope
walking, by the Coaches) in front of your standing foot that should be
on the footer (mat). The result should be that you have kept your
balance perfectly on the footer. Hence no 'falling off' the mat.
Non Bowling Arm position.
It's important to
use your non bowling arm for balance. It helps you produce a perfect
delivery on the line you desire. By not allowing your body to twist, it
ensures you will not 'pull across your body'. This is particularly
noticeable on longer lengths, maybe corners, where you can always reach
but are not on land often. Many a good Coach will use the term ' Hand
on thigh, palm to sky '. Meaning you have not just the balance , but
the correct follow through delivery to achieve the best results.
Playing too narrow
Ensure your whole body is committed
down the line you're trying to play.
Have you picked the correct line? (on which
the bowl should start to turn)
Are your eyes, feet, whole body pointing at the
Bet you're looking at the Jack!
Simply turn your whole body more, not a half turn with your feet
Stop looking at that Jack. Look and aim at the line before the jack
starts to turn.
Playing Too Wide
Again, ensure you are addressing
the line, where further along, the jack will start to turn. Ensure you
"Stand square to this Line"
You may be stepping out too far to the side.
You may be "throwing your arm out"
It should be a smooth pendulum action down the side of your body.
Again it could be as simple as turning your body less.
Also, watch what line your opponents' successful bowls are turning on.
You may be over compensating for your bowls. Try their line.
(Be careful that they're not left handed and you're right handed,
different line altogether)
Too many people just "Cast the Jack''
to get on with the match. This is a disaster waiting to happen .
The control of the match rests with the person who controls the Jack.
This is undoubtedly the most important delivery in every single end and
should be treated with more care and effort than any bowl.
Great care should be taken with the grip and delivery of the Jack.
On very fast greens it's possible to bowl the Jack across the green to
one of the corners of the green, the principle being that the greater
distance will take some of the weight out. Scientifically sound
but not a great base to build your long term game on.
Don't treat the symptom but tackle the reason
for the disease by learning how to control the Jack on all types of
Get to know the away green and opponents.
The learning about the green and your opponent,
starts from the first bowl. You should be learning with every bowl
that is delivered.
You may also have the information gained from
watching your opponents' practice.
Not only will you have green information but may have started to
formulate views on strengths and weaknesses in each of your opponents.
That you may confirm early in the match and exploit to your advantage.
Bumping your bowl
Can be very embarrassing, particularly
if you mark the green or even worse "take a divot" on a green.
The reason is very simple, you are releasing your bowl too high up.
You need to get closer to the green and release it so that it simply
runs off the ends of your fingers along the green like it was on silk.
Easy to say but not always easy to achieve
because many a time it's caused by physical conditions which make it
difficult to get down low enough.
Why bother if it's successful?
The problem is that when you bump, it takes
"weight" out due to the result of the impact on the velocity of the
You may have learned to compensate for it.
But, there should be no discernable space between the bowl and the
If there is then watch it skip like a flat stone across water.
Playing Heavy ( my opinion )
don't change your delivery. Just reduce your speed of delivery. Many
people around greens will say ''don't take your arm back'' personally,
I think you should always have the same delivery at a slower speed.
Others say take a much shorter swing, or just
push it with your wrist.
Playing Short ( my opinion)
Move quicker. Simply increase
the speed of your delivery.
Some people will say ''get your arm back''. But
as I have said above, you
should try to keep the same delivery action if possible.
Others say take a longer
swing, a longer stride forward and finally 'push' or 'flick' with your
Your Delivery ( my opinion)
keeping the same delivery and only increasing or decreasing the speed
of delivery. You are keeping your action the same, all the time with
less to go wrong. If you were to ''get your arm back'' bowling up hill
then ''don't take your arm back'' bowling down hill. During your match
like Chetwode Arms, Red Lion or Castle Park, to name a few, you would
struggle to change your delivery every other end.
I hope some of the information has been
of some use to you.