If we only had enough time with every bowler to work on one component of their game, we’d pick posture. A good posture is essential to developing a better bowling stroke; in fact, there are a number of reasons why posture is so influential in regards to a bowler’s score and their overall confidence. Most importantly, practicing good posture throughout the approach and finish helps to create a more consistent bowling swing and, through muscle memory, a more repeatable bowling power step.
According to bowling coaches Rod Ross and Kim Terrell-Kearney, the second-to-last step, better known as the bowling power step, is appropriately the second-most crucial movement in the bowling approach, behind only the finish. If you’re unsure what exactly the bowling power step is, our coaches define the power step in this video and focus on the bowling mechanics that make up a good bowling power step so you can practice your posture and, in turn, improve your average.
Creating your best bowling power step
The bowling power step is the component of your approach when your body most needs proper alignment. Here’s why: if posture is wrong at the highest point of your bowling swing, chances are it’s going to be wrong at the lowest point — the moment you release the ball. To help you find your strongest bowling power step, Rod and Kim analyze a few shots from various bowlers and point out some of the defining characteristics of good and bad power steps. They discuss a few aspects you can hone in on with your own stroke, and teach you how to make the right changes.
When assessing your bowling swing for a better power step, Rod and Kim recommend paying particular attention to balance in both the upper and lower body, as well as proper hand position and a smooth downswing led by the ball and not your shoulder. Tune in to find out what else they think is important to improve in your bowling power step so you can shore up your posture and boost your score.