I’m short, a bit overweight and unfit but I can generate a lot of pace. I struggle with rhythm in my run up and load up, nothing feels ‘perfect’. What should I do?
Skill and fitness isn’t directly ‘linked’. For example, there have been a few bowlers who haven’t been in the best of shape but they could generate pace. The same for batsmen who haven’t been in the best of shape but still score runs for fun. But that doesn’t mean you should rely on your skill and neglect the fact that you have room to improve!
I’m not surprised that you struggle with rhythm as being overweight means you will be carrying excess weight whilst you’re bowling. Imagine walking up stairs, it can be tough right? Now imagine walking up those stairs whilst holding a 5kg plate. It will be uncomfortable!
What does rhythm mean? How do you describe the feeling of rhythm? Every bowler we’ve spoken to has said that when they are in rhythm, everything just ‘happens’ and bowling seems effortless to them. You will struggle to find that ‘effortless’ feel when you’re carrying excess weight with you. Every single ball.
In order to find efficiency in your bowling, you must be physically efficient. Get fit and watch the impact it has on your bowling. You will most likely bowl faster as well!
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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