Shooter Stance can improve your bowls
Great for any bowlers with balance problems and a possible solution for many dumpers
For the August 2015 edition of gggazette I developed an index of YouTube videos for learning or coaching Lawn Bowls.
When I first saw the Nev Rodda YouTube video about the Shooter Stance, I was doubtful whether to include it in my index because I thought that it was too radical, but changed my mind because new ideas should be included.
You can see this index here
When later I checked through the videos I decided to try it out myself. Four months later I have fully converted to my adaptation of the shooter stance!
It took a long time to change the habits of 20 years, and this week I was thrilled that my skip told me that I was bowling the best he had seen me for many years, and astonished when he told me that he thought the reason was that I was delivering smoothly with no bounce! I saw the possible benefit of the system for dumpers
See the Nev Rodda YouTube video
I now believe that the system I propose below will provide great benefits for many bowlers
The Shooter Stance Delivery
I suggest a stricter regimen than suggested in the Rodda video
To deliver smoothly using a very short step the bowl should be no more than 20cm (8 inches) above the green when held straight down in the upright position shown above. |
Hence the bowler has to lower his stance to reach an ideal release point. A 180cm (6 foot) bowler would need to lower stance by about 30cms.
In the stable shooter stance position a bowler with no physical problems can go down far enough before commencing delivery
3. Go Down to Deliver
Garry, the bowler in these photos, had never seen the shooter stance before I took these shots, and while not confident about it managed to lower his stance by about 30cms
Coaches should of course suggest that bowlers get professional advice about this downwards movement if they find it difficult
Rolling the Jack and Driving
When you roll the jack or drive you can start out completely off the mat. As you move to the shooters stance position you turn your toe so it is on the mat - you can then roll the jack or drive the bowl straight down the centre line