Bowling 2.zero: footwork

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  • 1. Direction and pace of footwork
    • 1.1. First step
    • 1.2. Second step
    • 1.3. Third step
    • 1.4. fourth step
    • 1.5. Fifth step / slide
  • 2. What is drifting?
  • 3. Overall timing and pace
  • 4th Everything to the goal
  • 5. First steps with ETT
  • 6th Conclusion

Now that we've discussed the momentum and timing, let's move on to the footwork. When we think of timing as the synchronization of swing and footwork, it becomes clear that the pace of steps and their direction are very important in making a straight swing possible.

Also, footwork is closely related to body position and your center of gravity. This can be viewed from two perspectives: the footwork affects your center of gravity, and your center of gravity affects your footwork. In essence, the body's natural inclination not to fall means that there is a relationship between the center of gravity and the direction of the steps. This is explained in more detail in the following article on body position.

In this article, we'll focus on the pace and direction of the modern game's footwork and introduce the concept of Everything Towards the Target (ETT). Some of the truisms about how we walk and balance the swing just aren't the best way to learn the game, especially when we consider the importance of a straight swing.

(Editor's note: The following images are from training materials from the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) and are used with permission.)

Direction and pace of footwork

Since it is practically impossible to discuss direction and pace independently, we introduce each step of the modern five-step approach and address both elements. If necessary, we also integrate this into the corresponding synchronization with the swing to ensure the right timing.

It's best to think of the approach as follows: one for the swing, one for the right foot, and one for the left foot. When standing, the ball and right foot are in the swing channel, while the left foot is in the central channel. Note that the pictures and discussion show a right-handed bowler, so flip him over if you are left-handed.

First step

The first step in the approach should be a heel-to-toe step rather than a shuffle. We want this step to be a constant support. It should be straight and very slow. As I mentioned in my timing article, if we synchronize the ball movement, the easier the first two steps the easier it is to get the timing right.

Footwork channels 1st step

Caution: If the first step is too long, the hips open too early too early, which creates the risk of over-turning later in the swing.

Second step

The second step is often referred to as the crossover step, which I disagree with regarding the description. When crossing your legs, one leg goes completely over the other. The second step does not go over; rather, it goes right before the first step. It's all about the images you create in your head and …

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