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Step and stop: Stopping after the first step of your approach will give you a better idea of where the ball and your foot are posi- tioned.

Bryan O’Keefe STEP


e’ve already discussed the popular one-step drill in which you con-

centrate on finishing your shot. There’s another one-step drill

that I like, but this one focuses on your start. It’s so important that the very

first step of your approach (in a four-step approach) is correct because once that 15 or 16-pound bowling ball is in motion, making adjustments is really difficult.


A one-step drill that will get you off to a good start ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

By correct, I mean that the direction,

height and timing of your push away step are all within a certain tolerance. Here’s how the drill works. Take your

push away step, moving your ball- side foot and pushing the ball away from your chest. Always use your non- throwing hand for support, so that you’re not carrying the entire weight of the bowling ball in one hand. Instead of continuing with your

approach, stop and take note of where the ball and your foot are positioned. In your preset, the ball should be set up between your chin and your shoulder. And when you stop after your one-step approach, the ball should be straight out from that point. If you notice that you’ve pushed the ball outside your shoulder, that’s a red

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