QUESTION FROM JASRAJ
I am a front on bowler and during my bowling stride my head falls towards the left side and my body doesn’t go towards the direction of the batsman and I’m losing pace and control. How should I improve this?
This is a very common problem with bowlers. You’re basically having an ‘alignment’ issue. There are several ways in which you can overcome this but ultimately, you’ll have to find out what method works best for you.
1. Do some drill work in the nets – set up some cones in a straight line from 5 yards behind the crease all the way to the end of your follow through. Aim to GO THROUGH that channel consistently. The aim of this drill is to understand the feeling of your body traveling in the direction towards the batsman. Do it as much as you can so your muscle memory starts to kick in and register the movement.
2. When you’re bowling in a match or at a batsman, you can’t set up cones. So, you need to have a trigger or a process that will help you channel your energy towards the batsman. When we spoke to Tom Barber, he mentioned that he likes to drive his left knee (he’s a left-hand bowler) towards the batsman. Can you see how a trigger such as, “drive knee towards batsman” can help him channel his energy towards a batsman in a straight line?
Eventually, you should get to a stage where everything happens naturally and you don’t even have to think about it but that takes time so keep working hard and be patient.
All the best.
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