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David Hinchliffe

How to Coach More Spin into Spinners

Where does spin come from?

Ask any spinner or any coach this question and you can get a huge number of answers ranging from the pivot of the foot, through to the angle of the delivery stride.

This is largely to do with the open question. A better question is,

"which part of the body has the most significant role to play when generating spin?"

Here's what I think.


Is it the fingers?

My grandad was a cricket tragic, and proud of it. I used to hang on to every word when he recited stories of Bradman, Sobers, Hall and others of bygone eras. One of the stories that I recall was about the great West Indian spinner, Lance Gibbs.

Lance Gibbs took 309 Test wickets at under 30 a piece. The secret to his prodigious break off the pitch was down to his long fingers, according to my Grandad. Fingers are the last part of the kinetic chain and the point of contact with the ball. So yes, they play a big role in spin.

TV commentators tend to look at what spinners wrists and fingers are doing on video screens: They concentrate on the last bit of the chain. But are they the most important part in the generation of spin?

Get those hips going

Recent research has shown that the hips play a massive role in producing spin and it makes total sense considering the role that hips play in the kinetic chain when bowling fast, throwing and hitting with power.

Most of the recent effective spinners in the game move their hip from a nearly sideways position in their delivery stride through 90 degrees or more to a beyond square position at point of release. This rotation of the hips and then the subsequent slowing and stabilising of the hip girdle assists optimal transfer of momentum up the kinetic chain into the shoulders, arms and then into the fingers. This creates the speed in the fingers that allows the ball to rotate like a top.

Without the hip working in this fashion, the momentum transfer through the body will be less effective and therefore, less speed will end up at the end of the kinetic chain (the fingers). The net result is less rotations on the ball.

Great examples of this hip rotation process are evident in the actions of Graeme Swann (slightly open hip in delivery stride to right hip beyond square ahead of release), Shane Warne and Stuart McGill.

Coaching more spin

If you work a bowler who wants to spin the ball more then start with the hips.

Analyse how effectively they are working first. If the answer is "not very", then get the bowler to bowl from a back foot position. Start where the intention is to get the bowling side hip to rotate beyond square ahead of release.

  • After a few goes, the bowler should experience increased spin from this standing start and extra hip emphasis.
  • Once the bowler feels comfortable enough with this then you apply a couple of steps approach into the delivery stride.
  • Again, wait until the bowler feels comfortable yet able to maintain the hip rotation and add a bit more to the approach until it resembles a normal run up.

Be patient, this change in movement pattern can take time yet the results are career changing.

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Here's an Alternative to the Same Old Catching Drills

This video is a free sample of the online coaching course - First Class Fielding - from Mark Garaway

Catching drills are vital, but they can get a bit dull after doing them every session for weeks at a time. In this video Mark Garaway makes it competitive and fun for some fielders, while also helping the coach review technique.

It's simple but astonishly effective: Check it out here:


For the rest of the course visit First Class Fielding - from Mark Garaway

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Cricket Show S6 Episode 1: Warming Up

The #1 cricket coaching podcast starts 2015, and it's off to a flyer. The team of Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe talk about warming up for cricket, and how it's changed over the years. It's not about a quick knock up on the outfield any more.

But if you do want to knock up, maybe it can help with your concentration skills as we advise a listener on more details about this article on bat tapping and focus.

Then the discussion moves on the field settings, and in particular the role of short leg when the leg spinner is on. Is there a use for it at your level?

Download and listen to enjoy the 30 minutes of cricket chat from some great coaches.


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This is show number 292.

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How to Warm Up for Cricket

How to Warm Up for CricketBy now we know that cricket warm ups are a great way to prepare your body for play and reduce the chance of injury.

What Can "Crossy Road" Teach You About your Batting?

Round here, Christmas is a time for families and presents rather than fours and wickets. The festive period gave me more time to do some things I wouldn't normally try.

And I got slightly obsessed with a game called Crossy Road. The game is simple: You try and get your character across an endless road and get a point for every move forward. Being the badger that I am, I realised it's teaching something about cricket.

Crossy Road is a lot like batting. You the longer you play the more you score but if you make just one mistake your game is over and you go back to zero next time. So, how you respond to the frustrations of this game will tell you a lot about your mental make up with the bat.


About PitchVision Academy

Welcome to this week's guide to playing and coaching better cricket.

I'm David Hinchliffe and I'm Director of the PitchVision Academy team. With this newsletter you are benefitting directly from over 25 Academy coaches. Our skills include international runs and wickets, first-class coaching, cutting-edge research and real-life playing experience.


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