Bowling Approach Troubleshooting: Tips for Common Problems

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Most bowlers are susceptible to developing bad habits in their game, but they may not realize just how easy it can be to correct them. Much of the time, when a bowler feels out of sorts or can’t figure out why their shot hasn’t been working the same as it used to, the issue lies in their bowling approach. Similar to a golfer experiencing the shanks, simple training exercises can help a bowler fix those bad habits that are affecting their game in the short and long run.

Correcting the bowling approach


To demonstrate the best way to troubleshoot some of the common problems bowlers tend to develop, Team USA Head Coach Rod Ross and Assistant Head Coach Kim Terrell-Kearney introduce a few basic bowling drills you can use to train your bowling approach and rid your game of those bad habits. Our coaches diagnose three prevalent issues in the bowling approach and show you how to solve them. All you’ll need to practice these bowling approach tips are some inexpensive props and a spotter.

Straighten the pushaway


For this first drill, ask your spotter to watch your pushaway. Generally, if you don’t push the ball away on a straight line, you won’t follow through in a straight line. The key to a consistent pushaway is training your body to feel comfortable with the form. To help cure a misaligned pushaway, have your partner hold up their hand or a PVC pipe just outside your shoulder. This simple obstruction will train the bowler to push straight and follow through straight.

Train the crossover step and the trail leg


Two other common problems involve the bowler’s feet. If you find that you’re drifting to the left or right in your bowling approach and not pointing your toe or overextending your trail leg, try laying down a piece of tape along your path and using a bowling ball box to correct inconsistencies in your lower body form.

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