What's wrong Coach?
This will 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 for
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 fingertips
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 line?
Bet you're looking at the Jack!
Simply turn your
whole body more, not a half turn with your feet pointing elsewhere.
looking at that Jack. Look and aim at the line before the jack starts to turn.
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.
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
Also, watch what line your opponents' successful bowls are turning
You may be over compensating for your bowls. Try their line.
careful that they're not left handed and you're right handed, different line
Delivering the Jack
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
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
The problem is that when you bump, it takes "weight" out due
to the result of the impact on the velocity of the bowl.
You may have learned
to compensate for it.
should be no discernable space between the bowl and the green.
If there is
then watch it skip like a flat stone across water.
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
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 finger tips.
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 and
then ''don't take your arm back'' bowling down hill. During your match on greens
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.
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