Bowling is a sport that cannot strictly adhere to a one-size-fits-all model. To be a successful bowler, you have to adapt the components of your stroke to suit your capabilities and style. For instance, your natural rev rate and launch angle determine where you should release the ball at the foul line, as well as what your posture and body position should look like at the point of release.
One aspect of proper release that, if taught correctly, should vary player by player is bowling shoulder rotation. The way you utilize your balance arm to either open up or close down your launch angles can have a major impact on the result of your stroke. That’s why we recommend that bowlers practice manipulating their bowling shoulder rotation to find the level of rotation that works best for their individual game. In this lesson, we take a closer look at how bowling shoulder rotation impacts release, and teach you a few drills you can work into your training regimen to perfect the way you utilize your balance arm.
Adjusting bowling shoulder rotation
All bowlers use their balance arm differently in the approach, so it’s essential to train proper technique and tinker with your swing to find the right amount of bowling shoulder rotation that works for your unique launch angle and rev rate. To help you determine your appropriate level, USBC Gold Coach Stephen Padilla visits coaches at McKendree University to show you how the team takes advantage of simple drills to figure out how each bowler should take advantage of their balance arm bowling shoulder rotation during their release.
You’ll learn how to practice proper bowling release by improving your bowling shoulder rotation and honing in on the best form for your optimal swing style. The coaches explain what happens when you over- or under-rotate your bowling shoulder, and introduce some expert bowling release drills to maximize shoulder rotation in the balance arm. Add these drills to your practice sessions, and you’ll discover the right level of bowling shoulder rotation for your particular stroke!