Leg Spin Coach, and Head of the Leg Spin Association, Harry Shapiro has written this guest article on the basics of leg spin. A great primer for new and experienced bowlers!
The ability to bowl leg spin is a gift which is in the wrist and fingers but in order to develop to his full potential, the bowler needs a sound basic technique just as much as batsman or fast bowler.
Many hours are spent on developing a batsman or fast bowler’s basic technique but as soon as coaches try to coach the correct technique to leg spinners they are accused of "cloning". The main reason that so few leg spinners come through is because they are not taught the correct technique from a young age.
So what is the correct technique for a leg spin bowler.
The most important aspects are balance, body alignment and momentum in the direction of the target.
- The Approach. It is important that the approach is in a straight line from the start of the approach to a point where the bowler wants to pitch the ball.
- The back foot Landing: Landing in a side on position is vital for correct body alignment. If we look at the three most successful leg spinners of the modern era (and possibly of all time) you will note that they are perfectly side on.
- Non-delivery Arm. A powerful extension of the non delivery arm in the direction of the target ensures that the momentum is going forward in the direction of the target.
- The delivery process is begun by pulling up with the back hip and pulling down strongly with the non bowling arm
- The bowling shoulder rotates up and over (not around) a braced front leg.
- The hips and shoulders complete a 180 degree rotation.
The photos below show the complete sequence of a perfect leg spin action. Work hard at perfecting these simple basics and you have every chance of becoming a successful leg spinner.
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