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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:

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Have a great day on the lanes…



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Our country’s bowling development back on track

After all the hoohah surrounding the dropping of certain sports from the MSSM calender, the Malaysian government relented and did an about-turn. Read all about it here.

Courtesy of RAJES PAUL-Star Sports

11 sports reinstated into MSSM calendar

PETALING JAYA: The Government’s decision to re-instate 11 sports into the National Schools (MSSM) calendar has received the thumbs-up from former National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad.

Mazlan was happy that MSSM would be able to carry on with their plans to organise 24 sports at the national level as usual.

Yesterday, commonsense prevailed when Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that funds would be provided for the MSSM to run all the 24 sports.

The 11 sports initially affected by the ministry’s decision to slash funding from RM6mil to RM1.5mil were squash, bowling, archery, table tennis, rugby, cricket, sailing, softball, handball, cross country and chess.

Those maintained in the programme were gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), golf, swimming, athletics, badminton, netball, basketball, volleyball, sepak takraw, football, tennis and hockey.

The Education Ministry has now set aside a whopping RM89mil for both sports and co-curriculum events in the schools.

The decision also shows the Education Ministry’s seriousness in working with the Sports Ministry to give emphasis to grassroots development.

Mazlan said the decision should put an end to the growing frustration and disappointment among sports officials, parents and athletes over the huge budget slash that saw the MSSM dropping 11 sports from its calendar earlier this year.

“It is a good decision by the Minister to bring back the sports into the MSSM calendar. It should make everyone happy,” said Mazlan, who was once an advisor to the schools sports council.

Mazlan hoped that the schools and National Sports Associations (NSAs) would get back to strengthening the grassroots level.

“They should now take advantage of the situation and work on grooming the best athletes for the National Schools. The focus should be on promoting the sports culture among the young and identifying the talents for the future,” he added.

Now let’s get back to developing our pool of talent to be world class bowlers.


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45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup

courtesy of The STAR Sports

PETALING JAYA: The newly-built 52-lane Malacca In­­ter­na­tional Bowling Centre, which will stage the 45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup from Nov 15-19, has received mixed reviews from national bowlers Zulmazran Zul­kifli and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.

The duo, who will represent Malaysia in the tournament, took to the lanes for a two-hour practice session on Tuesday.

Zulmazran, who will turn 26 a day after the tournament ends, said he was generally satisfied with the lane conditions there.

“Although the actual lane conditions were not laid out when we practised, the lane conditions for World Cup competitions are generally easy as the organisers want to see many strikes,” he said.

“Hence, it will be an open field.”

The Indonesian Open and Jakarta Super Classic champion said he aimed to make it into the top eight of the tournament and “then I will take it from there to bring honour for the country”.

Siti, however, had a different spin to the conditions at the bowling centre, saying she felt a bit cramped with the split-house style of the lanes – where 26 lanes sit on each side of the centre. “I am quite used to playing in big bowling centres but somehow I feel cramped there,” said Siti, who will turn 19 a day before the tournament begins.

“I’m also concerned that the fans may crowd the centre and the heat generated may alter the lane conditions.”

However, Siti – the reigning World Ranking Masters champion – admitted that her concerns were minor and she would focus on giving her best on tournament day.

For the record, the best Malaysian efforts in the men’s and women’s events of the World Cup were the runner-up finishes by Michael Chuah (1983 in Mexico) and Shalin Zulkifli (1996 in Belfast).

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