Bowling (2nd Edition) by Doug L. Wiedman

By Doug L. Wiedman

This step by step consultant to conquering the lanes covers grip, stance, footwork, arm swing, timing, strike focusing on, and spare taking pictures in addition to innovations for adjusting to varied lane stipulations. Dozens of drills and self-scoring routines chart growth and speed up development.

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This creates a weak gripping action and does not center the ball on the hand. Some bowlers use a claw grip because of weakness or injury. Do not use this grip unless it is absolutely necessary. 14 Selecting and Gripping the Ball Two-Finger (Thumbless) Grip Technically, at the point of release, we are all thumbless bowlers. The thumb should exit the ball before the fingers. The question is how does a swing get to that point and what control does the bowler have over the ball at that point. In the two-finger (or thumbless) grip, the ring and middle fingers are inserted into the ball just as in a regular grip, but the thumb is not inserted.

Face palm forward with the hand directly behind ball. 4. Position the elbow directly under shoulder. 5. Bend elbow to bring ball straight up to a comfortable height. 6. Position ball in line with shoulder or center of upper arm. Support From Nonthrowing Arm 1. Bring nonthrowing hand across front of body. 2. Place nonthrowing hand under ball or slightly off center. 3. Allow nonthrowing hand to take some of the ball’s weight. 4. Position elbow of nonthrowing arm comfortably close to the body; avoid contorted position.

Carelessness in stance preparation leads to inconsistency. Each element in the stance has a purpose. The feet position and overall posture promote balance while generating a powerful movement. The shoulder and hip alignment, along with ball position, influence swing accuracy. A bowler must feel in control of every throw of the ball. Every time you step up to the approach, have a sense of being comfortable, relaxed, balanced, and ready to move. Review your drill scores. Record your scores in the spaces that follow and total them.

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