21 Comments on “Bowling Fundamentals. The Importance of a Proper Pushaway.”

  1. Thank you, Shannon! You summed up exactly what I’ve discovered: When you buy into the hinge ball start, with no pushaway and just letting the ball fall or drop into the swing, it does bottom out, literally at the bottom, or just past the bottom of the backswing, and without adding muscle to preserve that momentum, the backswing just won’t get much higher than low to mid-back, and even then, it won’t have much momentum.

    So, two questions:

    1. Could you please point us to a video, whether of you or another bowler you’d recommend, so we can see what “a little pushaway” looks like? Right now, I’ve seen “old-school” pronounced pushaways, and the no-pushaway hinge that you are describing. If you were doing the slight pushaway in your video, I apologize, but it was so subtle that I had trouble catching it at full playback speed.

    2. If I wanted to learn how to do the hunge and how to make it work without inconsistent addition of muscle in the backswing, how would you recommend I begin working toward that goal?

    Thank you!

    1. Basically when you see players taking their first 2 steps, it’s the motion that they use to get their ball into the backswing. Or in simple terms, it’s moving the ball forward in the beginning of your approach.

  2. Do you need a push away if you’re a 2 hander? I have an arm that gets tired fast so I think this may be it.

    1. It’s optional for 2 handers. The push away might be at least. But there’s always some exceptions like Kyle Troup

    2. Although most two handers will still have some pushaway motion, which we think will benefit most, there are some successful two handers that don’t. It can be a trial and error process to find out what’s best for you and your own game. Thanks for watching and thanks for your question!!

    3. @InsideBowling Thank you. I have incorporated the push away into my form and now I can bowl for longer without tired arms.

  3. No matter what I do, I cannot get a good pushaway. It makes my timing late as can be and completely messes me up… as a consequence yes I feel like I am “pushing” the ball down the lane and I know there has to be some kind of swing key to use. Thoughts?

    1. Sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with your pushaway motion. It may help for you to take some video from the side view of your approach so that you can really see what exactly is happening as you try different pushaway motions. It can be much easier to incorporate any needed changes after seeing the motion. It can be much harder to go by just what you’re feeling as many times what you’re feeling may not be what you’re actually doing. Another option for you would be to check out our online coaching group to get personalized tips that are tailored to your own game from our coaching staff. You can sign up by visiting BackstageBowling.com

  4. I’ve been playing like this for a while not knowing it was an actual style/method. I started drinking and went out to play and let steam out. That day I scored a 300. I felt focused and felt everything dissappear and kept getting tunnel vision. Never gone back.

    1. Thank you for the watching and for the nice comment, much appreciated!! So glad our tips are helpful to you and we wish you good luck on the lanes!!!

  5. This goes right along with the tip on freeing up the arm swing, which has been the biggest boost to my game so far. Thanks again for all of this great info!

    1. So glad that our videos are helping to boost your game!! Keep up the good work and thanks so much for watching our videos, we appreciate it!!

  6. You just may have hit apron something for me. I’ve doing the drop method which has given me a lot of inconsistency. Going to try the push away at next practice.

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