When You Bowl Are You Really Playing Second Arrow? MDM Bowling Coaching

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Second Arrow Doesn’t Always Mean 2nd Arrow

When I’m coaching people who already know how to walk and swing a ball, the first thing I ask them is what they are looking at and then I pay attention to where they are standing. Easily 80% of my students say they are looking at second arrow. But when I look at where they are standing, it is more times than not, past the middle dot (which is the 20 board). If you are one of these people, it is IMPOSSIBLE to start left of the 20 board and hit second arrow without the ball going in the gutter. I notice when people say 2nd arrow but stand this far left, that they are inaccurate: their misses are left of target (they pull it) resulting in fewer pocket shots. Many times, these people blame their physical game vs their targeting system for these errors.

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How To Target In Bowling Accurately

In order to hit the 10 board at the arrows, there has been research to show that the slide foot should *end* at board 17 (remember that some people drift, so this is about where you finish at the line, not where you start your approach). In order to correct faulty targeting, I suggest that people move their eyes left and keep their feet on the same spot. Keeping your feet 4 – 7 boards left of your target is ideal (left-handers want their feet right of target).

The Best Targeting System Is One That Has 3 Points Along The Lane And Includes

1) your feet

2) the arrows 

3) something further down the lane, like a pin

For a lower rev rate bowler, looking at the 3 pin can be a great target, with the 6 pin for someone with an average rev rate, and the 10 pin for high rev rate player. Draw an imaginary line from the pin, back through the arrows, to your feet, so that you can visualize the ball moving in to the pocket. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching


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