#78 - I am hitting the deck hard which is resulting in no swing. When I bowl full, I don’t have pace. How can I release the ball with pace and swing?

QUESTION

I am hitting the deck hard which is resulting in no swing. When I bowl full, I don’t have pace. How can I release the ball with pace and swing?


ANSWER

Hey,

This is a great question. Swing is very much an ‘art’. Hitting the deck is usually associated with pitching the ball on a short/back of length. By doing so, you’ll take away the ‘chances’ of swing through the air but you may find movement ‘off the pitch’ – which is called, “seam movement”. Think about Glenn McGrath, he was a master at moving the ball of the pitch. 

If you want to swing the ball through the air, you need to pitch the ball full enough to give it a chance to move. This can feel weird for bowlers as hitting the deck and digging the ball into the pitch ‘feels’ like you’re generating a lot of pace and power whereas pitching the ball up can sometimes feel like you’re just ‘floating’ it up there.

Most of the time, this ‘floating’ feeling is caused by inexperience. You haven’t bowled enough full deliveries to master the timing required to bowl full at full tilt. Timing is critical here and you need to get your body used to producing power on a full length. Chinese whispers in the villages of Pakistan claim that Waqar Younis used to practice bowling beamers. Why? The theory is that if you can bowl a beamer at full pace, then bowling a Yorker should be easy work. You’ll hear this is a lot in Pakistan – that real pace is trained by bowling full, full, full!

Think about it, if you feel powerful when bowling on a back of length, but ‘floaty’ when bowling full. Just imagine what your full length will feel like when you’re used to bowling full tosses at full tilt; your full-length delivery will feel like your back of a length delivery.

Be careful though, such training can negatively effect your timing as well. Waqar was taken out of the attack in the 2003 World Cup for bowling consecutive beamers, use it as a training tool but not so much that it becomes an ingrained ‘habit’. If you’re going to bowl 10 beamers in training, make sure you’re bowling 20 balls on a full length to balance the work.

All the best.


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