Here’s another little idea to give a go if your bowling’s not going that well. One of the essential things that you need to do is get side-on in your bowling action. One of the ways that you can check this, or focus on it, is to make sure you come out of your bound with your landing foot at 90 degrees to the crease and have your leading arm raised and check to see that you’re looking over your shoulder – around the outside of your arm.
I find that this is a really useful calibrating action, as I have a tendency to start going front on when being lazy or confused about why my bowling’s up the Sawnny. This tends to help me get back on track again. Very simple and worth trying if you’re having problems.
See the still here from one of my favorite instructional videos on Youtube....
The images above are from here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhnPiWob0QI&list=PLMfKi8ErzNJDJWV_q_pBUKXoU1uxpEHYZ it's a copy of the original which seems to have been removed which is a shame.
Mid February and I’ve made a start on getting fit and exercising. This is probably the least fit I’ve been at this point in the year as I’ve allowed myself a bit of a rest this year, plus I’ve got other crap going on around me that’s acted as a distraction and leaves me feeling demotivated.
As I’ve probably mentioned previously in other areas of the website or over at my old blog here I never reach full fitness until mid to late June if not later. Last year I went into the season relative unfit and sustained an injury in the first game that left me injured for several weeks (Twisted knee ligament), so I’m hoping to not repeat that again this year.
Things I’m working on are…
Knee strength and stability which I’m under the impression comes about through just having good strength above and below the knees, so I’m doing Sumo squats regularly through the day when I can, aiming to do in reps of ten 3 or 4 times a day.
Image source - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZuXKqRbT9k
In addition, when I walk anywhere e.g. to and from work I do so power-walking – fast with big strides, that also gets the heart going and is low impact on the knees and other joints which I have to consider being 56.
Another drill I’m doing with regards the knees and their mobility is this here…
Image source - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPyJlF_MAww
Another lower body thing I’m doing which is good for balance is this one below, I do this, but I pull my foot up behind my butt to stretch my thigh muscles. I balance on the board standing as the girl in this vid on the ball of my foot, sometimes doing raises as she is doing.
Image source - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpucWxU6SRw
Upper body I’m doing press-ups – 10 reps 3 or 4 times a day max, twice a day minimum. I also do 30 seconds of normal planks and 30 seconds each side – ‘Side-planks’. Today I’ve also started to do this exercise which I think is essential when bowling (Certainly is for me). This is one you can do at home as are all of these and this one is for your Side deltoids…
Once I’ve got a decent bit of muscle strength and don’t feel like I’m being exhausted by doing these, say in a week or two leading me into March I’ll start on the work-out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqbiovse2p0&list=FLtkyk-NkFTxMDscqPwDEPkg&index=97 Again, another series of do it at home with no kit exercises and this is aimed at cardio, but has loads of other benefits added as they’re good all-round exercises that work on different aspects of your fitness and strength.