#28 - I’m trying to make little tweaks to my action with my load up but when I go from drills without a ball to bowling with a ball, I start to go back to old habits. What can I do?

QUESTION FROM WILL

I’m trying to make little tweaks to my action with my load up but when I go from drills without a ball to bowling with a ball, I start to go back to old habits. What can I do?


ANSWER

Hey Will,

I’m glad you asked this question because it’s something a lot of bowlers’ experience and get confused about. Your bowling action is embedded in your muscle memory. When you make technical changes, you’re basically trying to rewrite that muscle memory.

It’s very natural for your body to fight or resist the new changes as you start to progress from drills to real match bowling. When you drill in isolation, you can give your technique 100% attention. When you put a batsman in there, your mind starts to think about what the batsman is doing and how to get him out – this information overload makes it harder for your body to focus on the technical part of your action.

You may even find that things don’t feel right and your pace is down as you make those changes but that’s just the body getting used to the new technique.

From our experience, the transition of technique varies from bowler to bowler. It all depends on how fast your muscle memory can kick in.

The good thing to note is that you’re not alone here; this happens to every bowler who makes technical changes.

When we spoke to Middlesex fast bowler, Tom Barber, he went into detail about this exact issue so please look out for that podcast – it will be available in a few weeks.

Stay patient, disciplined and trust in your process!

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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