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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
Coaching Coaching A User’s Guide To The ‘Bowling Arm’ What a wonderful piece of equipment for the bowler with a disability. Bowlers are adding years to their bowling lives - keeping them in the game of bowls. But, before a bowler makes their final choice of either a ‘Palm Release’ or ‘Thumb Release’ Bowling Arm, they should operate each model. To hold either model, curl the fingers underneath the bottom of the handle forming a cradle, the palm or thumb do the work by applying just sufficient pres- sure to hold the bowl or jack in the jaws so they don’t slip. Palm Release: Pressure is applied by the palm and fingers in a gripping or squeezing action, again with sufficient pressure to hold a bowl or jack and to open the hand at the point of release. Thumb Release: Pressure is applied by the thumb to hold the jaws closed over the bowl or jack - remove the thumb at the point of release. Make sure the arm is comfortable to hold and operate and there is no undue muscular stress felt in the thumb, hand, wrist or forearm whilst holding a bowl in the jaws of the arm. To select a suit- able length arm, stand erect with your arms at your side, the bottom of the arm should be approx 50-75mm (2-3”) above ground level. Remember, the Bowlers Arm is only an exten- sion of your own arm. Placing the bowl in the jaws of the arm A simple and easy way to position the bowl in the jaws of the arm, is to stand the bowl on it’s running surface between your feet, with the bias on the correct side for delivery. Place the jaws of the arm over the bowl and apply sufficient pressure to grip the bowl so it won’t slip, and at the same time making sure the sides of the top jaw of the arm are parallel to the large rings of the bowl and in a vertical position for delivery. The bowler may also pick up the bowl with the arm and position it in the jaws with their free hand. The approach to stance, step and delivery for a bowler using a ‘Bowlers Arm’ is almost identical as described in the ‘National Bowls Coaching Manual’, to that of an able bodied bowler. The bowler addresses the mat from the rear, body facing squarely to the aiming line, and depending upon the degree of a bowlers disability, may elect to use any one of the three types of the recognised stances which are detailed further on. When delivering a jack or bowl, you don’t bend down but remain in an upright position and move your upper body weight forward (90%) and over the stepping foot at point of delivery. Stance on the Mat Jack: Facing the rink number above the front ditch, step from behind and onto the mat, place the inside of the anchor foot parallel to the side of the mat approx 6cm (2”) in from the edge and the toe approx 100mm (4”) back from the front edge of the mat, place the lead foot comfortably alongside or slightly in front. This stance will allow the delivery The ‘Bowling Arm’ has enabled many competitors with an array of body ailments to remain active in the game. A growing number are becoming... Armed and Dangerous! 22 Bowls In Focus • Thumb release grip • Palm release grip • Back swing • Release point
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