QUESTION FROM BALJEET
Sometimes I bowl fast and sometimes I bowl slow. How can I bowl consistently fast?
This is a great question. Fast bowling is a nervous system activity. Meaning, you need to be fresh for your body to perform at its optimum. Inconsistency in bowling speed can be caused by several things:
1. You’re tired and your muscles are fatigued
2. Conditions are throwing you off rhythm (bowling into the wind or up hill etc)
3. You’re trying too hard to bowl fast
To give yourself the best chance at performing consistently – we recommend that you develop a process that you can follow before each game. This can be a mental process or a physical warm-up, it’s entirely up to you. But once you’ve gone through your process, you’ll feel more confident and ready to fire from ball one.
We spoke to one of Australia’s most exciting young fast bowlers, Aaron Summers, and he told us his extensive warm-up routine and how he likes to bowl a few overs with weighted balls to get him going. Please look out for that podcast in a few months as I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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