I change my action a lot and it always feels good. Is this the reason I am losing my rhythm a lot?
This is a very common issue with a lot of bowlers. The reason the change of action feels good at the start is because you’re getting a different response from your body when you bowl; any slight change in your action will influence your timing - this can either be a good thing, or a bad thing. In your case, it sounds like a good thing.
Most bowlers are always tweaking parts of their action throughout their career; either their run up, their load up or their position in the crease etc but it’s important to know when to ‘draw a line’ under the changes. Your ultimate goal is to have a deep understanding of your action, how it feels and how to time it perfectly ball after ball. This is how you will achieve confidence and consistency in your bowling.
This level of mastery can only be achieved through bowling. The more you bowl, the more experience you’ll gain and the more confident you’ll become. Almost every fast bowler that we’ve spoken to has emphasised on the importance of confidence as a fast bowler. If you keep changing your action, you’ll be robbing yourself of the chance to perfect your bowling style. In regards to rhythm, 100%. If you keep making changes, how can you expect to settle into a rhythm? Remember, rhythm comes down to repetition and feel; you can’t achieve feel if you keep on changing!
Unless you have a serious bio-mechanical issue which needs to be addressed, I don’t think there’s any reason to continuously change your action. Small tweaks here and there are fine, but you shouldn’t be making huge changes for no reason. As they say, “if it’s not broken don’t fix it”.
I know, we’ve all been there. One of the hardest and most neglected requirements as an athlete is the ability to be patient. As athletes, we constantly want to change things and evolve overnight – but it’s important to remember that success takes time. Often, we make our jobs harder than they need to be by trying to bowl magic balls, bowl like Brett Lee one day and Allan Donald the next; remember, keep it simple and do the basics. Being patient and consistent will produce the results – you have to trust the process.
I hope that helps.
All the best
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