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Just as bowlers come in many different sizes, shapes and ages, their armswing and footwork styles can also be unique. But once the ball nears the point of release a good bowlers look pretty much the same.
The ball should be released as it is moving past the ankle of the sliding foot. Right-handers slide with their left foot while left-handers take their last step with the right foot. The ball should be two inches, or slightly closer, to the ankle as it passes by. From this position the body is ideally situated to send the ball in the desired direction. With good timing and a proper release point a bowler achieves a position of leverage - the result of an ideal combination of body position, momentum and balance.
To have the ball pass near the sliding ankle requires some bending. Bending the knee with the last step permits this to happen. What first seems like an awkward physical posture can become quite natural. Besides some bend from the knee, the upper body also contributes to the - "getting low" process. Bending forward about 15-20 degrees is ideal. For best balance, the middle of the chest should finish directly above the sliding knee as the shot concludes.
Throughout the approach, the head should remain steady. The eyes remain focused on an intended target. The non-bowling arm serves as a balancing aid, stretched off to the side.
The Follow-Through
Any activity that involves hitting, kicking or throwing a ball requires a purposeful follow-through to complete the movement. Bowling is no exception.
You can always identify good bowlers by their release and follow-through mannerisms. A full follow-through takes the bowling arm from its release point on an upswing to shoulder level or higher. The fine of the follow-through should be toward the target not left or right. Although the ball is already gone when it occurs, practicing a complete follow-through is a great training aid. It improves the function of the swing and overall approach balance.

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