#1 - I have a problem keeping balance in my run-up and release. I often fall over to the side which leads to wide balls.

QUESTION FROM EHSAN

I have a problem keeping balance in my run-up and release. I often fall over to the side which leads to wide balls. This also results in miss-timing in my release which takes away a lot of pace. How can I tackle this problem of my unbalanced action?


ANSWER

Hey Ehsan,

Good question, if you’re having problems keeping balance in your run-up, that would suggest to me that you’re not running in ‘straight’. I’m further convinced by that because you’re falling over to the side at release as well.

The run-up is an important pre-cursor to bowling; if you’re not running in straight and efficiently, then how can you expect your body to unfold and deliver the ball straight?

From most of my conversations with the bowlers on this year’s ECB Pace Programme, they stressed the importance of running ‘technique’ and ‘mechanics’ – I’d say that you should also consider this approach. Work on your running technique and do sprint drills to become a better runner. Once your ability to run with proper technique and efficiency improves – I’d imagine that your work in the crease should become significantly better.

Be patient though and don’t expect these changes to happen overnight. Stay dedicated and work hard!

All the best!


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