I have a good run up and action but I don’t have ‘hang time’ and I feel unbalanced on back foot contact. Can you tell me a bit more about the jump please?
Hang time is very much a feeling. Lockie Ferguson described it as “having time at the top of his jump”. Please look out for this podcast in the next few months.
Hang time allows your body to unravel and use the potential and kinetic energy stored in the muscles from the momentum of your run up and your bowling technique.
If you rush this process. You will hinder the feeling and effectiveness of hang time. There’s a fine balance. You don’t want to be so slow that you end up missing the window to apply force and you don’t want to be so quick that you end up rushing your action – this is the art of timing. The optimum hang time will be unique to each individual bowler.
The objective of the jump is to effectively transfer energy from your run up into the bowling action. From the start of your run up to the point of take-off - you’re a runner. From the point of back foot contact to front foot contact – you’re a cricketer.
If you’re feeling unbalanced then it can either be caused by instability in your lower half or that you’re taking way too long to get off that back foot. In full flow, back foot to front foot contact happens within a second – it’s a quick motion and therefore you should allow this process to be natural and smooth. If you’re consciously thinking about it, you may end up rushing and overexerting your body at the point of delivery – which I believe could be the cause of the unbalanced feeling that you’re referring to. Just experiment with the timing of the hang time and don’t think about it too much – the aim here is to focus on feeling. You’ll know when it’s right.
You can never be too stable so I would also look at incorporating tendon and ligament stability training so that your body is primed to handle all the forces that fast bowling produces.
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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