A bowling shot happens quickly. With this drill, two-handed bowlers get a better sense of what it should feel like at the foul line by eliminating earlier steps in the approach, focusing on the slide and release. In this Premium Video, Scott Pohl, owner of On Track Pro Shop, explains how to do the one-step drill for two-handed bowlers.
Begin by walking to the foul line with your bowling ball in hand. Take one full step towards the settee and then turn around and face the pins. Next, pull your slide foot back. The slide foot is parallel to the target and the ball side foot is behind the slide foot at around a 30º angle.
You want your stance to either be in an athletic or vertical position. The non-dominant throwing hand should be parallel to the dominant throwing hand and the ball position should be in-line with the hip, close to the body.
Release and Finish Position
Now it’s time to start the ball out of the stance. Targeting the third arrow, bump the ball forward and let it come to a stopping point in your backswing. As the ball starts to come forward, step and deliver the ball. Try to post your shot and hold it until the ball goes through the pins.
Here are the takeaways that two-handed bowlers should focus on when working with the one-step drill:
– Proper knee bend
– Good arm extension
– Lift ball into armpit (backswing)
– Let the ball roll off your hand
The next time you practice, try to do four one-step drills followed by your full swing and repeat. Through repetition of this drill, you will have better balance in the finish position when you bring this up to full speed with your footwork on the approach.