Don’t Do These 5 Things When Bowling Fast | Cricket coaching, fitness and tips

Don’t Do These 5 Things When Bowling Fast

PitchVision Academy has a ton of advice on how to bowl faster, but what if you are still getting it wrong? What if you still are not searing the ball down to the other end and scaring opposition batsmen?

In times like this it’s often the case that you are better off learning what NOT to do. So with that in mind, here are the 5 most common mistakes fast bowler’s make when learning the art:

1. Don’t worry about your run up

If your run up is not perfect, so what? The run up contributes only a small amount of pace. It’s less important than any other part of the action. So don’t worry too much about it. Simply get a run up that allows you to get to the crease in a nice rhythm.

You are far better spending your training time working on the “business end”: what happens at the crease.

2. Don’t slow down to become more accurate

For some reason we assume that there is an inverse relationship between pace and accuracy: the faster you are the less you hit your stock line and length. But as Ian Pont has told us for years, this is nonsense.

Players who are trying too hard to bowl fast lose their action and so they lose their accuracy. The coach naturally gets the player to slow down a bit to keep the action tight. However the keys of fast bowling are the same for pace AND accuracy.

Instead of slowing down, work on your technique; how you land at the crease, your front arm, your chest/hip drive and your follow-through.

3. Don’t trail your hips

Speaking of hip drive, one of the most common technical flaws I see in non-professional quick bowlers is a trailing hip. This leads to a massive leak in energy that you have generated from ground forces. You are wasting your whole run up, bound and front foot landing in one error!

To show you what I mean, compare the knee position of these two bowlers (the top is a still from Ian Pont’s How to Bowl Faster online coaching course):

4. Don’t be too keen to bring your arm over

After hip drive, the next technical fault is your actual bowling arm. It’s understandable that you are keen to get your arm over as soon as possible - after all, the faster your arm, the faster the ball - but that is counter-productive.

If your arm comes through before your hip you are not able to use your landing and hip snap to power through the crease. It’s another big energy waste.

So work on delaying your front arm as long as possible. Momentum will bring it through soon enough, but a slight delay gives your hip and chest the chance to drive hard towards the batsman creating maximum pace.

It also stretches your upper body muscles so they act like an elastic band pinging back into position much faster when stretched. It’s a definite feeling that you know you are getting when you find it. For more on this delay-stretch-reflex click here.

5. Don’t over-think things

Finally, after all this technical discussion, it’s important not to think too much about technique. There are times in practice when you will work on these things obsessively, but when you get to the middle, put it all to the back of your mind.

Focus on getting a rhythm and feeling like you are bowling quickly. Ignore any friendly advice from senior players on technique and just run in trying to hit that spot.

Then after the match, review your performance and take any technical work to nets.

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Number 3 is the classic error - number of players I see do this is astonishing. Have one kid who is a decent player and potential to be a very good cricketer. Losing so much energy by trailing his leg behind him and not driving the hip through. Has been told time and time again but he's not interested in making the adjustment.

I have a Problem with #1.

I have seen Run-Up contribute a good 12 MPH for my friends. Though, in my case it does little.

Also, per Andy Caddick, the longer and higher you jump before landing on the crease, the faster the ball will go.

I'd much rather have a guy with a terrible run up and a perfect action than vice versa.

How does one get the hip to drive through as perfect as Catherine Dalton, i have been practising this for the last 4 weeks, nearly everyday, but cant seem to nail it - any ideas?

try the 3 tent peg drill

Ramesh, thank you i have been doing the 3 tent peg drill, but still have issues.. i may be doing something wrong...

How many times did you try it?

David, I have been doing it for the last 4 weeks, and doing the drill for about 20 mins.

I remember last season, that when i done this drill.. for about two weeks, i suddenly developed a smooth action, where upon my hip drive was awesome. And my front knee followed through. But this time round i dont know what im doing wrong..

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.. anything David - Cheers

And you are driving your knee up towards your shoulder in the drill, yet it doesn't happen in your action. Is that right?

Yes that is 100% correct. Last season I got it spot on, it was the same in my action, the knee drive was there, everything was running in harmony.... I had alot more whip in my wrist, and the ball was flying out... alll in all it felt good..

OK so take it back a step - you can walk it through with the tent pegs. Can you jog it through slowly?

Yes it does, but i think im either driving it too late, or too early.

Hm I'm getting confused now. It's hard for you to explain in comments! Do you have any videos?

I would love to show you a video...

Sorry for the confusion David maybe it is because im trying too hard.
I will stick to the three tent pegs, and concentrate on the knees coming up higher, and will keep you posted.. Many Thanks

How much distance in bitween back foot landing with front foot
Landing . Be the 151kmh fast bowler

hello sir,
my bowling toe rather than pointing straight points 60 degree left on landing(like stuart broad) to make it straight?
am i loosing pace?

What is chest drive and hip drive and knee drive???

Can i get your mail sir. I want to show you my action video. Somehow i cannot go beyond 125 kmph