#10 - How does a braced front leg help you bowl fast?

QUESTION FROM KARTHIK

How does a braced front leg help you bowl fast?


ANSWER

Hey Karthik,

The way a braced front leg works in bowling is like how a brake works in a car.

When you run in to bowl, you bring energy and momentum into the crease with you. When your front leg lands and braces, it suddenly STOPS all that energy and momentum and transfers it to your upper body.

The reason we wear a seatbelt in a car is to stop our upper body from traveling through the windscreen when we slam our feet on the brakes.

Although a braced front leg is desirable, it isn’t the end of the world if you’re struggling to brace. Shoaib Akhtar, Mitchell Starc, and Shaun Tait have all bowled at ridiculously high speeds with a bent front leg.

Hope that helps your understanding mate.

All the best.


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