My delivery stride is too big and I feel like I can’t make much use of my front leg. How can I correct this?
The role of our delivery stride is to stop the body and transfer energy from the lower half to the upper half. You’re spot on that a stride too big will stop you from driving over your left leg and out of the crease. I believe Shoaib Akhtar has gone on record and spoken about this as well.
In Javelin, this is called a bucket stride. The delivery stride is a unique part of one’s bowling. You must drill a position which is balanced and comfortable for you. In the javelin, there have been talks about a passive block versus an active block.
Passive – is when you allow your left leg to block naturally
Active – is when you initiate the movement and actively block your left leg
I believe that your bucket position could be down to a passive block which is taking too long to execute. You should consider actively blocking and seeing if that helps.
Active or passive, the most important thing is to understand what works best for you and what is comfortable and repeatable.
Have a go and see.
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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