Tuesday, 18 December 2012
It seems like bowlers everywhere are frequently in search of the ever elusive bowling tip and technique that promises to perfect their game. Surprisingly, there is no perfect bowling tip and technique, due to the fact that there are no right or wrong methods or styles. Bowlers, both novice and professional, discuss different methods that work for them, but may not for someone else. Hence the acceptance of the statement, there is no 'right or wrong' bowling tip and technique.
We will be discussing some ways of improving your game by listing a bowling tip and technique with its respective explanation. The first bowling tip and technique to keep in mind is stretching before you begin. Bowling, just like any other sport, requires you to warm up your muscles.
The next bowling tip and technique includes two important posture related techniques,
- Balance line- consists of timing your movement and balance over your leading foot, to accomplish the most beneficial amount of energy when releasing the ball.
The second posture related bowling tip and technique is as follows:
- Spine posture- a fifteen degree angle from the beginning to the end of your delivery is recommended.
Each posture related bowling tip and technique directly influences the angle of your swing, and increases your knowledge of basic bowling techniques.
The next bowling tip and technique refers to your swing, or your delivery of the ball. While keeping your grip relaxed (making sure not to squeeze the thumb) let the swing begin at your shoulder, allowing the weight of the ball to lead the swing. A more in-depth bowling tip and technique for your arm swing is keeping your swing and elbow in close to your side as you deliver the ball.
Proper hand positioning is another important bowling tip and technique. Always remember to keep a relaxed grip, and when holding the ball in stance, let the pinkies touch on the underside of the ball, while spreading the rest of your fingers.
A useful bowling tip and technique for picking up spares is to face the pins you are aiming for. Use the hook position, but try not to use the snap wrist release.
Learning to analyze your game is an excellent bowling tip and technique. Pay close attention to what works and what doesn't. Learning from others helps also.
A bowling tip and technique concerning lane conditions is to watch our ball. If it favors the right, try bowling from the right then the left. A bowling tip and technique for dry lanes are to move to the left on your approach, and for oily lanes, move to the right on your approach.
The next bowling tip and technique addressed, concerns the type of ball to use. We suggest
a highly polished plastic ball for exceedingly dry lanes. Perhaps the best bowling tip and technique is to remember that bowling can be a great sport for fun or competition, give it a chance and see which way the ball rolls.
All in all, the best bowling tip that one can get is to never stop learning. Bowling is a sport that is constantly changing, and one of the only ways to stay on top of your game is to learn new techniques from the masters of the sport.
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Sometimes returning to the basics is what is necessary to improve our bowling games and the enjoyment they get from this pastime. All often they get wrapped up in trying to set a high score or set a high series and they lose sight of why they play the game in the first place, namely, for fun. Try using these simple bowling tips to get you out of a rut, improve your bowling scores, and to get back to having fun the next time you go bowling.
one. Experiment with different kinds of bowling balls. Try the different weights, size, and colors until the most comfortable ball is found. Rule of thumb is: select the ball that is most comfortable to over and release but make positive the weight is heavy .
three. Discount sporting goods stores over a wide choice of bowling balls that are less expensive and yet perform well.
two. If playing bowling is turning out to be a passion, purchase a custom made bowling ball; made for ease, and with holes drilled to fit the owner's fingers.
five. Start by placing the feet at the beginning of the alley for this affects the ball's direction. Try different angles and places to get the right angle for releasing the ball. One time the ideal spot is discovered, make positive to stand in the same place each time for consistency.
four. Select bowling shoes that fit perfectly and do not pinch the toes. Avoid slippery soled shoes and to get the best deal check with the lots of discount stores.
7. Practice doing the steps slowly and visualize a ball in your hand. It will be helpful to do the flare in front of a mirror to get used to the way the body is maneuvered in the work of the approach.
6. To attain ideal balance, right-handed players step with their right foot first when they approach the foul line and the left foot is used to give the last step when the ball is released and vise versa.
8. Always aim at the head pin. Look at the balls closely and focus on hitting the target. Never take the eyes away from the head pin in the work of the first or second ball. Professionals say that balls do follow the player's eyes.
9. Bend the knees when releasing the ball as this creates ball control.
ten. Avoid turning the wrist to prevent fracture.
11. Wipe the ball as often as needed to keep dirt and oil from sticking to it and make positive that it is dry. Using a tidy ball in the work of the game helps the ball get the curve desired.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Balls are tacky because they have a High Coeff. of friction and they are porous. A waxy surface is not doing that. Chlorinated paraffin's are used as plasticizers they may well be used in balls, though I haven't seen them talked about being used in balls. A quick google of it show use in some bowling products so it may be used.
Ok the heating ball debate just keeps going.
It started basically like this. They came out with reactive resin balls they hooked a lot more than urethane. One of reasons they hooked more was the the material drew oil away from the surface of the ball. Do the porous nature of the material.
As time passed the materials used could absorb a lot more oil. Then we started seeing ball death which was mostly do to oil saturation of the coverstock. So people started trying to get the oil out. They saw the balls sweat in hot cars and got the idea to heat them.
As this went on they started saying that the heat was not just making oil come out. But the "plasticizers" used in the ball material. And if you lost the plasticizer the ball would stop hooking because that's what made it hook.
Well now that's changed now they say the ball stops hooking because the plasticizers, which are migrating to surface of the ball and reducing the hook.( which I would go with the waxy surface here) Plus its getting oil soak too.
The problems with heating a ball is the use of dry heat also its sudden temp. chanes. People bake them in a oven to get the oil out and if your not real careful you'll mess the ball up bad. You'll crack it or warp it or the core will separate etc. There are a couple of machines designed to do it right that proshops have. your oven at home is not one of them.
At 41 feet in length, the Scorpion is one of the more challenging of the five named patterns. While Scorpion is not the longest pattern, because of the large volume of oil on the lane it will for sure play as the “slickest”. The pattern shape is very “smooth” and allows for a multiple-angles approach to attacking it based on rev rate, lane surface, ball surface, and ball speed. Since the volume of oil is so large, bowlers will normally see a large difference in how the pattern plays from lane to lane across the house. The pattern is medium scoring based on its ability to confuse bowlers during early portions of the game or series as they move throughout the tournament. In order to avoid being stung, it is imperative that the bowler make quality shots early in the game in case the Scorpion decides to “mutate”. 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournaments Using Scorpion.
Monday, 13 February 2012
The Viper is a 37 foot long, multiple angles pattern that normally yields medium to high scores. Bowlers will need to place a premium on the ball traveling straight through the front part of the lane when the lanes are “fresh”. Once Viper breaks down, multiple angles are available for attack. Viper is the most versatile of the five named patterns and can be used on any lane surface. The champion on Viper will be the bowler who can outsmart their opponent playing multiple lines. 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournaments Using Viper
Sunday, 12 February 2012
The Shark is the longest of the animal patterns at 43 feet with its key characteristic of the “deep inside line” providing a decisive strategic advantage. The “out of bounds” on the outside portion of the lane makes errant shots wide of the target in danger of falling into the “moat”. With less oil being placed in the middle of lane, bowlers will see their ball roll earlier on the lane. Playing the wrong angle on the Shark will make the pattern feel like it is a “reverse block”. The scoring pace for this pattern will be medium with the champion having the ability to get the corner pins out while playing a tough angle. 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournaments Using Shark
The Chameleon is 39 feet in length and utilizes a “retro” approach to pattern design. Instead of “smoothing out” the oil on the lane, increased volumes are placed in “zones” encouraging players to choose a specific area of the lane to play. This is a multiple-angles pattern allowing the bowler to choose what part of the lane best suites their particular game. The scoring pace is medium to low as the primary challenge faced by bowlers is the large number of adjustments which are needed to move from “zone to zone”. Large moves, more than five boards at a time, are common to stay out of trouble and to conquer the Chameleon. 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournaments Using Chameleon: WSOB Chameleon Championship – Las Vegas, NV.
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Mohammed emailed me recently with a question.
"I'm fast bowler, however my stamina is very low. After 3 or 4 overs I get tired quickly. Can you please tell me the exercises and nutrition that I should take in order to improve my stamina and reduce my belly?"
This is a common question, especially with bowlers. Not having the capacity to bowl at your best must be frustrating. It certainly is for the rest of the team.
What is fast bowling stamina? '
Stamina' in bowling terms is really a your ability to repeat your bowling action many times without loss of technique, speed or accuracy. In short the more stamina you have the longer it takes to get tired and the less effect that tiredness has on your bowling speed and accuracy. Here are 8 ways you can develop this.
Bowl as much as you can. There is nothing more specific to cricket than playing cricket. Whenever you get the chance then bowl. You can head down the nets on your own with some old balls and something to use as a target if there is noone around to train with you. Bowl in overs with a few minutes rest between if you can to make things more realistic or play as many games as possible. Every time you hit the nets try and bowl a few more overs before you have a rest. Always bowl at top speed too, a shorter intensive burst is more beneficial than going through the motions for longer.
Train while you are tired. Every now and again, do some bowling when you are physically tired, perhaps at the end of a training session or workout. This will teach you to bowl with intensity even when you feel the tiredness coming on. It's important not to do this too often or on your own. Train with another bowler or batter who can watch your technique and let you know when it starts to go. As soon as your action fails you, stop for the day.
Run to build work capacity. Running is the next best thing to bowling for increasing your stamina. I'm not averse to rowing either but running should be your number one method. Use interval training to build up your lung capacity and ability to hold off the build up of lactic acid. Intervals are also better for reducing your body fat without causing loss of strength. Long, slow runs are not only a bit boring for most cricketers, but they reduce your ability to bowl quickly by turning fast powerful muscle fibres into slow fibres for, you guessed it, slow jogging.
Use the winter wisely. Off-season training is the time when you can make the most improvements. If cricket is your main (or only sport) and you have a long winter ahead then use it to develop you endurance through lots of running and some cross training. Most winter sports will also get you fit so consider taking up a game you enjoy playing. If you play all year round consider taking a break of 2-3 months from cricket to really focus on developing your fitness. The short-term loss in games will turn into a long-term gain.
Eat more lean protein and good fat. We tend to eat lots of protein but it's usually high in saturated fat. Go for lean options like tuna, chicken, turkey or lean cuts of beef and combine it with a balance of fats from sources like avocados, mixed nuts and olive oil. Reasearch has found this fills you up quicker allowing you to lose weight while having a positive effect on your health.
Eat more vegetables. Vegetables give you energy and contain essential nutrients for health. Eat at least a portion of veg with every meal, preferably every 2-3 hours. This will fill you up more meaning you will lose excess fat but still provide you with enough energy for everyday living.
Eat less carbohydrate. Carbs have always been associated with energy but generally we eat too much for playing cricket, after all it's a power sport not a marathon. High carb food like crisps, chocolate, bread and pasta should really only be eaten once a day at most if you are trying to lose weight and build stamina. Carbs are not the enemy though. Make sure you keep your energy levels up during and after hard training or playing with some carbs combined with protein. Hard training isn't 3 or 4 overs in the nets though. It's weight lifting or interval training at high intensity.
Strength train. Combine your running and cricket sessions with strength training of some kind at least twice a week. This will keep your strength and power levels high and make sure you only lose fat, not muscle while building endurance. Lift with heavy weight and low reps if you can to counter balance the endurance training. Avoid high reps and low weights but bodyweight training is a good compromise if you are not keen on going to the gym.
Bowling is just like any other sport. To maximize your performance you must be in top condition, and a good diet is an important aspect of this.
The major nutritional crisis for most bowlers is extra body weight. Excess body fat is only a hindrance. Not only does it add extra stress to the muscles and bones of the body as you bowl, the stress on your heart is potentially life threatening. Excess body fat also can hinder your bowling technique, making it more difficult to produce correct technique, and the fatigue from carrying the extra weight can reduce your training time and add distractions to your game. As you can see, it is advantageous in many ways to lose weight.
The best nutritional advice I can give is to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. I am sure most people are aware of what is a healthy diet and what is not. As bowlers, the challenge is to find the healthy food at the bowling centres. Often you don't have the healthy choice from the snack bar, and subsequently many bowlers are overweight. The answer is in the planning. Prepare food at home, and take it with you when you go bowling.
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