Having good fundamentals is the key to shot repeatability in the two-handed game. This doesn’t just happen by throwing game after game during training sessions. Isolating and slowing each area of the approach down with drills will help develop good habits and strong fundamentals.
In this premium video, Scott Pohl, owner of On Track Pro Shop, walks two-handed bowlers through the swing drill.
The Finish Position
Balance and stability are the names of the game when you get to the foul line in bowling. Posting your shot is the culmination of the stance, ball start, foot tempo, and arm swing.
Difficulties keeping balanced at the foul line will result in erratic targeting. Posting your shot is holding your finish position until the bowling ball falls off the pin deck.
The reason bowlers need to do this is to gather information on their bowling ball’s motion. This helps make informed decisions on adjustments.
The Swing Drill
To perform this drill, walk up to the foul line with your bowling ball and get into your finish position. Begin by bumping the ball forward and back a few times while looking at your target until you are ready to release the shot, then let it go.
Keys to getting the most out of this drill include:
– Keeping good posture and balance throughout the shot
– Keeping your elbow inside your wrist
– Releasing the ball easily (do not try to throw it fast or hard)
You can also learn what it is like to create different ways to roll the ball down the lane and how they work with this drill. End-over-end rotation will give you minimal hook and a very straight ball path.
Medium-axis rotation will give you more hook down the lane with a predictable ball motion. Maximum axis rotation will give you the most hook and provide more of a drastic turn down the lane when it encounters friction.