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Bowling Finish Position

Proper bowling finish position is extremely important in making an effective approach. The finish position is established early in the approach during the stance and can be maintained throughout the approach. A strong finish position with your body will allow the ball to be released toward the target with effective hand action and with leverage generated by proper use of the legs. Remember, a good finish begins with a good set-up.

Here are a few essential elements in good bowling finish position:

1. In the stance position, lean forward about 10-15 degrees upper-body tilt, allow your behind to push outward slightly, and flex your knees as to bring the knee caps directly over the toes of your shoes. This stance will encourage a solid, athletic body position before you begin walking to the foul line. This posture should be maintained during the slide and release.

2. Ensure your bowling shoulder is no more than one inch below the level of your non-bowling shoulder, if any, and maintain that relationship throughout the walk to the foul line. Also, if you have a curve or hook ball delivery, keep the bowling shoulder slightly behind the non-bowling shoulder throughout your approach. Avoid excessive shoulder-rotation back-and-forward while swinging the bowling ball. Maintain the front-portion of the bowling shoulder facing the target as long as possible during the approach.

3. Place the bowling ball in your bowling hand immediately in front of your bowling shoulder and as close to your body as is comfortable. The closer the ball is to your body, the more relaxed are the arm muscles and the desired arm-swing path will be achieved. Maintain this relationship of shoulders above the knees and the degree of upper-body tilt throughout the walk to the foul line to ensure good balance and stability while releasing the ball.

4. Keep your head steady with the chin above shoulder level and pointing to your target so you would be able to easily balance a book or glass of water on top of your head. Try and maintain this same position of your head throughout the approach to the foul line with your eyes fixed on your target to help you maintain good overall balance.

5. Remain motionless with the upper body at all times during the approach and as stable as possible while releasing the ball during the sliding step. Avoid unnecessary upper-body elevation changes, either upward, downward, forward or back during the approach and the release.

These five elements will establish a good bowling finish position. Consistently good results in bowling happen with a solid foundation linked with a stable, upper body positioning during the entire approach.

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