Does your jump have a direct effect on bowling speed and follow through?
Of course it does. The jump is how your body transfers energy and momentum from your run up into your delivery stride and action. It’s a fundamental part of bowling technique; it varies from bowler to bowler – some bowlers need a high jump, some need a long jump and some hardly jump at all. The most important thing to consider with the jump is how you feel.
If the transition from take off to back foot landing in the crease is effortless, smooth and rhythmical, then chances are that you’re on the right track. If however, your transition from take off to back foot landing in the crease feels like a lot of effort or uncomfortable – then you may need to consider making some adjustments.
When we spoke to Tino Best, he mentioned that a high jump helped him generate power in the crease.
Your run up speed also has an impact on your jump; if you’re running in too fast, you may not have enough time to get up in the air. You tend to find bowlers like the great Malcolm Marshall literally run through the crease with little to no jump whereas someone like Shaun Tait would approach the crease in a more relaxed fashion to really get off the ground and get his body into position to bowl. It’s all very individualistic. My advice would be to make some adjustments and see how you feel.
The follow-through is merely a consequence of an explosive delivery. There will be times where your body clicks and travels through the crease and your follow through will be nice and long and then there will be times where your follow through is not as great. It all comes down to how you feel on the day and how you execute your technique.
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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