Bowling’s finish position occurs at the foul line as you’re releasing the bowling ball. This is often referred to as posting your shot. In order to fully post your shot, you must remain in a balanced finish position until the ball exits the pin deck.
Gold Coach and Bowler Development Lead at Bowlersmart Richard Shockley and Silver Level Coach Dan Triske explain how achieving a proper finish position and posting the shot increases repeatability while hitting your target.
If you were swinging at a golf ball and looked away right before you hit the ball, you’d likely make a bad shot or even miss. The same applies in bowling. This is why it is so crucial to post your shot.
Now that you’re holding your position, watch what your ball does. This will play an important role in equipment choices as your competition goes on.
Falling off the Shot
As you continue to learn how to bowl, you may find yourself falling of the shot when attempting to post your shot. When a bowler forces the arm swing down or their timing is off, the result can be falling off the shot.
It makes receiving information about your shot difficult because you’re trying to correct an imbalance instead of focusing on target and ball motion.
Take a look at another common problem bowlers have when learning how to bowl.
This is what it looks like when timing becomes an issue.
Here are a few drills that will help you learn how to bowl and correct both falling off and timing issues: