How To Warm Up Before Bowling
If you wish to learn more about how to warm up before bowling
, please give some thought to a few sensible recommendations we wish to share if you are looking for ways to make best use of limited practice time. As you prepare to bowl in some form of meaningful competition such as leagues, tournaments, or merely bragging rights against fellow bowlers in a practice session, learning how to warm up before bowling
can help you make effective and confident deliveries when you begin bowling for score.
Stretching exercises before you make your first delivery of your session are good ways of getting the muscles of your legs and arms loose, warm and ready to bowl. Since we must walk and swing our bowling ball in a synchronized manner and deliver the ball between 18-21 mph accurately and consistently to achieve desired results, it makes sense to stretch your leg muscles near the settee area before beginning to bowl.
Slow and smooth stretching exercises working the big muscles of your legs is a key process to limbering the legs in preparation to bowl. Stretch your hamstring muscles, the big muscles of the legs, to a point where the legs feel warm and stimulated before stepping on the approach and delivering the first shot. Because you must make a good knee flexing motion when sliding and releasing the bowling ball, your legs need to be relaxed, stretched out enough to avoid injury, and allow for a long stride and sliding action into the foul line.
General calisthenic exercises or aerobic exercises used at home are useful for stretching your bowling leg muscles. If you stretch for just a few moments slowly and smoothly before beginning to bowl, you will start off your session with good tempo and good footwork to the foul line. Avoid hurried motions by walking quicker than your best footwork pace during your first few deliveries. Anxiety creates tension and tension keeps your muscles tight. Tight muscles will not move as consistently as when properly loosened and stretched in preparation for bowling.
The same strategy should be used with your arm muscles and with limbering the shoulders before bowling. Again, general aerobic exercises will work nicely regarding your upper body muscles.
Rotate your arms, one arm at a time, in a swinging full-range of motion in large circles slowly and smoothly and then reverse the rotational direction. This type of motion loosens the shoulder sockets and the big muscles of the arm and gets your blood flowing before you bowl. Stretch your arm across your body to a full extension and with your opposite hand placed on your elbow of the arm which rests against your torso, gently stretch the arm so the shoulder muscles get loosened in preparation to deliver the bowling ball.
Stretch both arms in the same fashion individually. It is never a good idea to stretch only one side of your body but rather stretch both legs and both arms in the same manner during the warm up process. It is also a good idea to loosen your hand, wrist, and ankles before releasing a bowling ball at full speed, particularly for those of you living in cold climates.
You might wish to place your hand into your bowling ball
and make some practice swings back and forward without releasing the ball. After a few swings, then perhaps you can allow your bowling thumb to release from the hole while keeping your fingers in their holes and catch the "mini-release" in your opposite hand. Flexing your hand open and closed several times also stretches the ligaments in your gripping fingers and gets the blood flowing in your hand.
Finally, make sure your first four or five deliveries are at half speed. Do not rush to release the ball at full operating speed until you have made several deliveries. By building gradually to your full speed, you will retain consistent tempo and good releasing action on the bowling ball as opposed to hurrying your first full-speed deliveries without warming up to the task. Develop a pre-shot routine, like the pro bowlers use, so each time you ready to bowl, you perform your physical stretching exercises and take the first several deliveries at half throttle. Be precise in your warm-up routine just as you wish to be when delivering the bowling ball.
Since our policy is always to recommend you consult a certified bowling instructor or local bowling professional to help you improve your game, the same holds true with consulting your doctor or a physician about warming up properly before beginning your session on the lanes. A good coach and proper medical advice can both benefit your game enormously. Hope this helps?
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