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β€’ Mike Shady is a silver level certified bowling coach and a coach for Team USA bowling.
β€’ In this learn to bowl video, Coach Shady shows you his best bowling drill of all time that you can use in your practice sessions.
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28 Comments on “The Best Bowling Drill of All Time | How to Become a Better Bowler”

  1. Excellent drills! At first they feel awkward, but once a person is used to them, they can help isolate some things in the swing and release. Personally, I use them as part of my warm up to help me “feel” my swing and keep my mind on being as free as I can be with it. Before a tournament, they can also help alleviate a little of the anxiety before competition starts.

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  2. Guys, great videos, and really good production.
    I have one addition with the “one step” drill and it is a drill to improve the release.
    It is similar to the first drill you have shown here with two major differences. So the feet are together and the balance is shifted on the right foot (for right-handers) and it is executed with the lower weight ball (house ball 9-12lbs). The trick is not to put your thumb in the ball, but only your fingers. You cradle the ball in your hand and lower your hand by your side. Only muscles used in the swing are the ones you need to push the ball forward (not a long way, like 15 inches) and you let the ball fall back, wait for it to get to the top of the swing, and after it starts to come down you deliver your slide (not too long, a short slide is preferred) and here is where the crucial part comes to play. When the ball reaches the heel of your slide foot you let the ball roll down from your hand and you try to turn the hand strait through the back of the ball and let your fingers exit the ball on the very top. Imagine it like you are trying to prevent lifting your fingers through the ball upward, instead, you are trying to circle the ball form the very bottom to the very top (straight behind the ball with your hand).
    If you have done it correctly, the ball will roll down the lane end over end, it will go 1/3 of the normal speed and you will see it roll in a line. Think of the feeling you develop when you do it the right way. This drill will produce muscle memory of a quick release, and a feel of what is preferable when you release the ball at full speed as will it make your hand do the uncupping instead of lifting through the ball.
    Sorry for the long comment, but there is no shorter version of this drill.
    Keep up the great work, and looking forward to seeing a lot more of this kind of videos.
    You got one more subscriber.

    1. You can use a little higher weight once you get the hang of it. I would not recommend using light equipment to start because they it can throw your balance off even in one step. I would try 14 pounds to start. You CAN use a one step as your regular style because it increases accuracy and you do not have to mess with the inconsistencies of using the full approach. I tried it and it worked well in leagues and tournaments. Perhaps the only drawback would be in a good tournament when you have to give 2-3 lane space to the other bowlers, they may see you on that approach standing there and may not be liked.

  3. Coach Shady and Mike I love this drill and learn it three different ways is awesome… especially the third loaded up drill I like that… I will use this drill every chance I can use it… Thanks Coach! #insidebowling

  4. Another great video! I would just add to not pay attention to pinfall, but focus on balance and ball rotation.

  5. I taught one step drills to some years ago when people returned to bowling. It is a very good thing to do. I used it when I had long droughts in bowling. I actually did this during leagues too. It works very well. Actually when the lanes are hard or slick, it can be a good style to use as using 4-5 steps from the back of the approach may lead to inconsistencies. It may be a little slower but it can score. I never shot fast and still won tournaments when the shot was difficult by using shorter approaches like this. Good stuff…………..

  6. my favorite drill is the foul line drill since being in a wheelchair thats how i have to bowl. my average is all over the place from 110 to 160

  7. For me, I need to do this when the center is not very busy. It’s awkward to go way up to the foul line when other bowlers are waiting on adjacent pairs.

  8. It’s all about hitting up on the ball at the ideal moment in the release for sliders and non-sliders.

  9. I love this drill my daughter does it during every practice session and has been for about a year she’s 14 with a 178 avg it will make all the difference in the world

    1. I bowl with my six year old daughter regularly. It’s a lot of fun. She bowled a 117, 102, 98 today. She bowls better than my wife lol

  10. The one step drill has improved my bowling 🎳 sooooooooo much!!! Thanks 😊

  11. I have trouble getting my trail leg out of the way when doing the drills (as well as when bowling). I have not heard what one needs to think about when getting the trail leg in the right position so that the ball will be closer to the ankle of the sliding foot on release. Any thoughts? I really enjoy your instructional videos!

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