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Team USA Head Coach Rod Ross and professional bowler Chris Barnes demonstrate why it is important to focus on keeping your non-ball side shoulder forward during your approach. You can accomplish this by turning your palm down when you follow through to counter balance the motion of your swing arm. Accurate, consistent bowling begins with keeping your shoulders aligned every time. - Your One Stop Pro Shop!

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    1. Athletes often have limitations to their range of motion and they can be caused by any number of reasons. If someone’s had a prior shoulder injury, a limitation due to size or muscular imbalance or even an overall physical balance issue, the body may not be able to incorporate the opposite arm (thumb down) approach. Without being able to see your game it’s impossible to pin point why you may not be able to do this so have a certified coach evaluate your game and see if adjustments can be made in this area for improvement. If there are physical or health limitations seek a medical professional for assistance. Thanks for continuing with the Bowling Academy.

  1. As a two-handed bowler, say if my guiding-hand has left the ball to where it becomes my balance arm. Why does my balance-arm swing back? Could it be because of force through the downswing that creates power, that my body has to cover the off-set of weight that causes my balance arm to go back a little. Also, can this be a cause of someone not dropping their shoulder as much as they can?

    1. Hi,
      The balance arm goes back because the ball side shoulder
      comes forward through the release and finish position. The shoulder
      rotation moves the non-ball side arm back and creates the balance arm
      position for overall stability.
      Maintaining overall balance may cause the ball side
      shoulder to come up during the release and follow through but it
      typically is not the cause of the ball side shoulder not being lower.
      Spine angle in the stance and start of the approach presets the ball
      side shoulder slightly lower than the non-ball side and release and
      follow-through can level the shoulders if the bowling arm is pulling up
      or the spine becomes taller in the finish position.
      Keep the ball side shoulder lower than the non-ball side
      throughout the approach and finish position so the ball weight is close
      to the center of the body at release. This will help with overall
      balance and stability.
      Thanks for continuing with the Bowling Academy.
      Stephen Padilla

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