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I would like to continue my last posting with an additional tip that should improve your scores.


– Accelerated Power Step –

The two-step drill is an integral part of a bowler’s bio-mechanical functions in the process of developing the power step. Besides acquiring good swing timing, the two-step drill also acts as a catalyst to developing an accelerated swing…a knowledge that is so advantageous in today’s modern power play.


Start by positioning yourself about 4-5 feet from the foul line.

Place your feet in the staggered starting stance, with the take-off foot (right leg for right handed bowler) about 3-4” further back.

Hold ball stationary by the side of the body. Extend balance arm to 8-9 o’clock.

Begin by pushing the ball forward. During the backward downswing, take a small step forward with the take-off leg.

When the ball reaches the apex of the backswing, you should be in the set ‘pro’ posture and your body weight should be centered on your take-off leg.

NOW you are in the power zone. With your take-off leg, push forward strongly to drive into the slide with your sliding leg…as you accelerate the forward swing.

The result will be a higher ball speed with higher rev rates.

Practise this drill until you achieve the desired results.

I would once again stress that your Basic Fundamentals are the building blocks for a solid game. Once you get them right, learning new things become a breeze.

Look out for more bowling tips in the weeks to come. Till then…have a blast on the lanes!

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The Balance Line Drill

 It’s been a while since I last posted some bowling tips. I was recently reminded of this by a bowler. So today, I would like to focus on a drill that will help you to produce more consistent results.

– Your Finish Position & Pendulum Swing –

Let’s start with your BODY POSITION.

1. Begin with the in-step of your sliding foot on the middle dot at the foul line. Bend your body forward so that your toe, knee and shoulder are above each other in a balanced line through your body.

2. Develop a deep knee-bend with the balance leg, while you develop a straight waist bend to get your shoulders above the knee. The trailing leg should be stretched back slightly.

3. The toe of the trailing leg should be UP ON THE APPROACH or should be turned over on its side. The trailing leg should be OFF TO THE SIDE to provide for balance. (About 45 degrees, creating a triangular base). Keep your body weight OFF THE BACK FOOT.

4. Your non-bowling arm should be stretched out parallel to your body between 8.00 and 9.00 o’clock for balance and counter resistance.

Now, let’s discuss the DRILL TECHNIQUE.

1. Begin by building the correct balance line at the foul line.
2. Do five swings starting with the ball motionless at the side.
3. Start the drill with the backward motion of the ball by pulling gently, and relax.

Swing # 1: Gently pull back and relax, let the ball swing freely.
Swing # 2: INCREASE the backward pull more, relax, let the ball swing freely.
Swing # 3: INCREASE the backward pull EVEN more, relax, let ball swing freely, and release the ball on this third swing
Swing # 4: Arm swing back, and relax.
Swing # 5: Arm swing back, and relax.

The 4th and 5th swings after the ball has been released are to determine if you can maintain your balance position (if you lose your balance, it indicates that you have pushed or pulled the ball and have not created a FREE PENDULUM SWING).

All swings must be the same, especially the 3rd one, where the ball is released.

Work on this drill and see if your consistency improves after a while. You can check out more FUNDAMENTAL TIPS here:

If you have any coaching queries, feel free to contact me at

Have a great day on the lanes…



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 Today we feature Adrian Ang, a member of the Malaysian squad that won the10th World Youth Championships Team Gold in Orlando, USA. As a prelude to the World Youth, Adrian was also part of the Men’s Team that won the Team Gold at the 20th Asian Championships held in Hong Kong. Adrian capped it off by winning the Masters Gold medal as well.

Here are excerpts of Ivy’s interview with Adrian when we caught up with him and Team mate Aaron Kong recently.

Ivy: Congratulations on your recent impressive achievements, Adrian.

Adrian: Thank you.

Ivy: Can you tell me what made you choose Tenpin Bowling instead of some other sport?

Adrian: Like Aaron, my father, Steven Ang, was also a bowler. He used to bring me to the bowling alley. I loved the sport.

Ivy: How old were you when you started bowling?

Adrian: I was 9 years old.

Ivy: What was your most memorable moment as a young bowler?

Adrian: When I first started bowling. I really fell in love with the sport. I became addicted to it…just couldn’t go through one day without bowling!

Ivy: I know it was a long time ago, but can you recall any memorable occasion with Jonathan as your Coach?

Adrian: Yes, of course! It was at one Circuit in Malacca. I was the Top Seed, but had just lost the first match. However, Coach was able to guide me to a second high game of 279 which helped me to eventually clinch the Masters Gold. I will never forget that!

Ivy: What would you say is the most important aspect or stage of bowling that aspiring bowlers should focus on?

Adrian: Definitely their Basics. That is very important.

Ivy: What additional bowling tips would you give to those who wish to emulate your success?

Adrian: You must be willing to make lots of sacrifices. Follow your heart. But most important, you must listen to your Coach…be willing to work with him. To improve, focus on your progress stage by stage.

Ivy: Thank you so much, Adrian, for willing to share your success secrets with the bowling community. Jonathan and I wish you every success in your future endeavours. We know you have a very bright future ahead of you.

Adrian: It has been my pleasure. You are most welcome.

There you have it folks. Golden tips from a young World Youth and Asian Champion. You too can be one if you follow these invaluable tips. You can also have access to the very same Basic Fundamentals at my website: Feel free to check it out.

Till the next post, have fun bowling!



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