Proper Posture And Spine Tilt Helps Get Leverage While Bowling By MDM Bowling Coaching

What Is Recommended For Bowling When It Comes To Spine Tilt

Pro Tip Friday: Posture

Pro Tip Friday: To lean or not to lean?If you want to have proper leverage at the foul line, it all stems back to your set up position. We’ve gone over setting up, finish position, and trail leg in previous pro tips. Proper posture is the thread that ties them all together. Most people should aim for a little bit of spine tilt forward (10-15 degrees), avoiding standing straight up like a statue or leaning too far forward. Have your shoulders face the pins vs the ground while gradually getting lower by engaging your legs. I recommend starting with a slight knee bend. Much like picking up a heavy object, you want to focus on using your legs vs your lower back. You want your upper body to stay over your hips throughout your approach without having either your shoulders or your feet get too far ahead of one another. I’m demonstrating my own ideal posture in the top video, which includes engaging my legs while keeping my upper body facing the pins. The bottom video is an example of what I see nearly 80% of my students do when they start. They like to lean forward, even if it’s not ideal for their body type. When they push away, the weight of the ball tends to cause people to tip. I have noticed that after working on posture during lessons, most students are able to establish better leverage at the foul line, which generates more speed and consistent motion. If your posture is not optimal, you will tend to feel like you can’t slide enough. Your lower back may hurt after bowling. You may feel like you’re dropping the ball or find yourself all around muscling. The best way to evaluate your own posture is take a video of yourself bowling from a side view, like the one of me here. Keep in mind that every body type is different and will require a solution that works best for your game. For example, a shorter person needs to get their feet going to faster to generate speed. One way to do that is by getting your shoulders in front of your legs, resulting in a forward lean. If you can, I recommend working with a coach to identify your own ideal posture. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching

Posted by MDM Coaching on Friday, July 20, 2018

If you want to have proper leverage on the bowling ball at the foul line, it all stems back to your set up position. We’ve gone over setting up, finish position, and trail leg in previous pro tips. Proper posture is the thread that ties them all together. Most people should aim for a little bit of spine tilt forward (10-15 degrees), avoiding standing straight up like a statue or leaning too far forward. Have your shoulders face the pins vs the ground while gradually getting lower by engaging your legs. I recommend starting with a slight knee bend. Much like picking up a heavy object, you want to focus on using your legs vs your lower back. You want your upper body to stay over your hips throughout your approach without having either your shoulders or your feet get too far ahead of one another. I’m demonstrating my own ideal posture in the top video, which includes engaging my legs while keeping my upper body facing the pins.

Incorrect Spine Tilt For Bowling

The bottom video is an example of what I see nearly 80% of my students do when they start. They like to lean forward, even if it’s not ideal for their body type. When they push away, the weight of the ball tends to cause people to tip. I have noticed that after working on posture during lessons, most students are able to establish better leverage at the foul line, which generates more speed and consistent motion. If your posture is not optimal, you will tend to feel like you can’t slide enough. Your lower back may hurt after bowling. You may feel like you’re dropping the ball or find yourself all around muscling.

How To See What Your Spine Tilt Is While Bowling

The best way to evaluate your own posture is take a video of yourself bowling from a side view, like the one of me here. Keep in mind that every body type is different and will require a solution that works best for your game. For example, a shorter person needs to get their feet going to faster to generate speed. One way to do that is by getting your shoulders in front of your legs, resulting in a forward lean. If you can, I recommend working with a coach to identify your own ideal posture. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching

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