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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
Bowls In Focus 23 arm to be positioned nearly over the centreline of the mat, giving the ability to deliver the jack along or parallel to the centreline of the rink. Bowl: (a) Regular (upright): Facing the aiming line from behind the mat, step onto the mat and place the big toe of your anchor foot on the centreline - for both forehand and backhand, approx 100mm (4”) from the front of the mat, adjust the aiming line by moving your heel, then place your lead foot in a comfortable position beside or slightly in front of the anchor foot. Your body weight should be spread evenly on the balls of your feet (70%), take a normal walking step forward, with weight transference (90%) onto the stepping foot at time of releasing the bowl. (b) Semi-fixed (alternate): Facing the aiming line from behind the mat, step onto the mat and place the big toe of the anchor foot on the centreline for both forehand and backhand and approx 100cm (4”) from the front of the mat, adjust the aiming line by moving your heel, then place your lead foot about half a normal walking pace in front of the anchor foot, in a comfort- able position. Your body weight needs to be evenly spread with slightly more weight on the front foot, then take a small step forward 100mm (4”) and at the same time move your upper body forward with approx (90%) weight onto the stepping foot, you are then perfectly balanced to complete the forward delivery swing, releasing the bowl with the arm in a vertical position as it passes the stepping foot. (c) Fixed (best foot forward): Facing the aiming line, step onto the mat and place the big toe of the anchor foot on the centreline for both forehand and backhand, approx 100mm (4”) from the front of the mat, adjust the aiming line by moving the heel then place your lead foot about three-quarters of a normal walking step in front of the anchor foot. Your body weight should be evenly balanced on both feet, to complete the delivery swing, move your body weight forward with approx 90% of weight on the front foot you will remain perfectly balanced to release the bowl as it passes the front foot. Note: Using the centreline of the mat for the anchor foot in all of the stances, ensures that you can play other types of shots to your advantage when the occasion arises. Delivery Pendulum Swing - for the Perfect Delivery: As previously described, only apply sufficient pressure to the hand or thumb release of the arm to hold the bowl or jack in the jaws to prevent them slipping. Do not grip the handle so tightly that your hand and arm is under tension. Once you have taken your stance, commence a natural ‘pendulum swing’ - the pivotal point is the shoulder joint - keeping your arm straight, slightly lock your wrist and elbow, the arm and your arm will then remain straight. Let the forward and backward pendulum swing be a natural measured one, not hurried. Do not tense your arm to the point of muscular stress, but keep it in relaxed but firm manner. Make sure your shoul- ders and body are square to the aiming line, when you are comfortable with your swing, and are preparing to release the bowl. Use a normal step (as described in ‘Stance (a) and (b’)) forward with the lead foot, (if not using a fixed stance) move your body weight forward over the lead foot (90%), and when your arm has reached the vertical position beside the lead foot, release the bowl. Continue the natural forward swing to com- plete the Armed and Dangerous! delivery, then bring the anchor foot up beside the lead foot and stand in a comfort- able manner. Maintenance of the Arm and Bowls To remove marks or stains, use warm soapy water and a soft cloth to clean, when dry use a silicon based car polish to impart a good finish. Always clean the ‘arm after each use. Polishing your bowls a day or two before an event allows the polish to set and harden, this ensures the bowl won’t slip from or stick to the gripping pads fitted in the jaws of the arm. Enjoy your extended bowling life to the fullest, and good luck. • Following an enormous number of requests, this specialist coaching feature produced by former RVBA Coaching Committee chairman Brian Ing, and originally published in January 2006, is reprinted to assist recent adoptees of the ‘Bowler’s Arm’. • Regular stance • Semi fixed stance • Fixed stance • On its way and looking fine
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