#32 - When I run up fast, my bowling action breaks and I bowl slow and the ball goes wide. How can I improve this?

QUESTION FROM FATEH

When I run up fast, my bowling action breaks and I bowl slow and the ball goes wide. How can I improve this?


ANSWER

Hey Fateh,

The run-up is a very sensitive and unique part of bowling. Slight increases in your run up speed can throw your timing and balance off at the crease. The fact that your action is ‘breaking’ and you’re bowling wide suggests that your timing and balance is completely out of sync.

This could either be because of a lack of strength – you’re not able to handle the large forces being generated in the crease.

Or because of a lack of experience – you haven’t bowled enough for your body to get used to the increased tempo.

Most of the time, it’s because of experience. It’s normal for a bowler to want to compare himself to the pro’s that you see on TV – but you must remember the amount of overs those pro’s have bowled is huge! And from speaking to them, I can assure you that any adjustment to your bowling can take some time to get used to.

My advice to you would be to increase your run up speed incrementally (don’t run before you can walk) and be patient.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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