Keeping Your Hips Moving Forward In Your Bowling Slide By MDM Bowling Coaching

Pro Tip Friday: Hips moving forward while you slide

Pro Tip Friday: Hips moving forward while you slideWhen bowling, you build momentum through your legs that you want to continue through your slide (assuming that you slide in your approach). In order to do this, you have to bring your hips with your legs. When you are at the release point with your ball and getting ready to let it go, you should continue your hips forward so your momentum does not come to a stop abruptly. This process smooths your transition from walking and swinging to stopping and releasing so that you are more balanced at the line while maintaining proper power at the release point. Done correctly, you will have more leverage and balance so that you can focus on more important things beyond the foul line like ball motion, hitting a target, watching the ball go thru the pins properly, etc.Engaging your hips with your slide is a subtle but impactful move: you can lose 30-40% of your power by not moving your hips with your legs. I see about 50% of bowlers failing to do this correctly, especially those who are newer to the sport. The top video shows me demonstrating a slide with poor hip continuation while the bottom shows me moving my hips as I slide. You can work on this by doing one-step drills focusing only on moving your hips forward as you slide. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching

Posted by MDM Coaching on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

 

Building Momentum Through Your Legs For Bowling

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When bowling, you build momentum through your legs that you want to continue through your slide (assuming that you slide in your approach). In order to do this, you have to bring your hips with your legs. When you are at the release point with your ball and getting ready to let it go, you should continue your hips forward so your momentum does not come to a stop abruptly. This process smooths your transition from walking and swinging to stopping and releasing so that you are more balanced at the line while maintaining proper power at the release point. Done correctly, you will have more leverage and balance so that you can focus on more important things beyond the foul line like ball motion, hitting a target, watching the ball go thru the pins properly, etc.

Engaging your hips with your slide is a subtle but impactful move: you can lose 30-40% of your power by not moving your hips with your legs. I see about 50% of bowlers failing to do this correctly, especially those who are newer to the sport. The top video shows me demonstrating a slide with poor hip continuation while the bottom shows me moving my hips as I slide. You can work on this by doing one-step drills focusing only on moving your hips forward as you slide. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching

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