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How To Make A Good Bowling Slide, Originally Posted: 12/10/2010; Updated: 9/28/2023

If you wish to learn how to make a good bowling slide, it is important to first develop good steps leading into the final slide step.  Additionally, you want to make sure your upper body is positioned properly so you maintain good balance during your slide into the foul line.

Make sure your steps are not too fast and out of control.  Fast steps can work to help develop good ball speed but if the steps are taken much too quickly without good body posture, then your sliding step will not move into a well balanced position and support the weight of your body while trying to release the bowling ball.

How to make a good bowling slide also implies using good posture as you walk to the foul line.  It is important to have your body weight positioned so your shoulders and head are directly over your knees while walking to the foul line but not extending in front of the knees so you maximize good balance as you enter into the sliding step.

Your steps should be taken in a smooth and uniform pace leading into the final slide step.  Keep a reasonable amount of knee flex from the set-up position on the approach and throughout your walk to the foul line.  With good knee flex or knee bend, entering into the sliding step is made easy because your slide leg is already positioned to allow your bowling shoe heel and sole to contact the floor uniformly to support the weight of your body evenly across the bottom of your bowling shoe as you slide into the line.  In fact, your flexed slide knee cap will be on a vertical plane with the toe of your bowling slide shoe in a balanced position so the momentum from taking your approach and swinging the bowling ball will propel you forward into a smooth sliding motion.

Your sliding shoe should move toward the center of your body to stabilize your upper body during the critical release of the bowling ball.  If you slide away from your body center, the weight of your upper body will not be centered at the important moment you prepare to release the bowling ball.  Sliding toward the center of your body mass, usually under your head, and keeping the sliding shoe toe pointed toward the bowling pins will tend to support the weight of your upper body during your release and will also help to maintain good hip and shoulder alignment to your target down the lane.

Try and position your upper body so your head and your shoulders do not extend in front of the slide knee and sliding shoe toe.  Your shoulders, your knee cap, and your sliding toe should be in a vertical line as you slide into the foul line to insure good body balance as you begin your release of the ball.

As you complete the step before your sliding step, your body weight should be completely transferred onto your sliding step leg.  It is easy to understand why maintaining good balance by sliding into the foul line toward the center of your body and retaining knee flex to support the weight of your upper body is critical to making a good delivery. Maintaining a good amount of comfortable knee flex throughout your sliding step will stabilize your upper body and reduce the chances of sudden and unwanted body movement during the release of your bowling ball.  When your knees are flexed properly during your bowling approach, the big muscles of your leg in your thigh area work to help support the full weight of your body while you slide into the foul line.

It certainly helps to not rush the final two steps of your approach. Developing good footwork and sliding technique will help improve your game.

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