I am a right arm bowler, where should my right hand be when I load up; behind my head or high above my head?
This is a great question. Load up's are very personal and unique to each bowler. Throughout your action, you want to achieve fluency (rhythm), coordination and control. If loading up behind your head helps you do that; then that’s the best load up for you.
There is no universal load up – every bowler has their own unique way.
2 of our guests have a very different style of loading up. Tino Best, had a very aggressive and high load up, he worked on this and made it more efficient by lowering it slightly. Tom Barber, used to load up around his chin but now takes his hand directly above his head but if you look at the way both load up – they’re completely different. Tino is very aggressive whereas Tom is very smooth. Both of them however, are able to achieve high speeds.
Please check out our podcast with Tino Best and also look out for our daily posts as Tom will be explaining his load up in detail! Tom told us that he was inspired by Brett Lee to try the long, high load up and it worked for him. So my advice to you would be to experiment with the load up and see what works for you. Remember, it’s all about feeling.
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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