Ever notice the “standard” approach to releasing your ball toward the pins? At the end of the approach is the slide. Special shoes – bowling shoes – are built to enable this slide. What if you can’t or don’t want to slide, especially can’t for some reason? Notice seniors. As age progresses the ability for the knees and ankles to withstand that force is naturally less and one can’t help but notice the number of seniors who don’t slide yet have decent to great game. There are a lot of bowlers who have injuries from other sports or accidents or just worn out knees who can’t slide. Don’t forget ankles and hips, which also cause the inability to slide. Many people have adjusted their approaches to fit these needs.
I already had a blown out knee when I began bowling and was unable to slide from day one. The line is approached flatfooted and the weight of the ball is carried by the shoulders and waist while taking pressure off the knees. This has begun to work for me and each individual has their own way of achieving the no slide approach. There is some practice involved.
Is sliding necessary? There are a lot of good bowlers out there who don’t or can’t slide.
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