While ‘Walking the Line’ in bowling is not a sobriety test, the two are comparable. Participants in both activities take each step as carefully and as naturally as possible. Just as one might tend to drift, so might the other. Holding, swinging and delivering a bowling ball to hit the target of ten pins down a narrow lane would put any normal gait off-balance. (Not to mention the awkwardness of angling for a ‘spare’.) To achieve or retrieve that balance, bowlers train by walking consistent lines at the same pace with every shot. This consistency ensures that their pendulum arm swing and release of the ball is controlled and accurate.
Steps in the approach: The number is determined by the bowler’s height and type of swing. Typically, there are four or five steps from the initial stance of parallel feet to the final glide at the foul line. Each step is centered to the body. One foot overlaps (at a height of no more than two inches) in front of the other, not unlike a tightrope acrobat.
The first step: Like a short walking step, the foot moves from heel to toe and assumes the weight of the body.
The second step: The ball is placed into swing with the movement of this key short step. The bowler controls and begins to place the ball.
The third step: Taken heel-toe with a longer stride. Momentum builds.
The fourth step: Maintaining heel-toe approach with a slightly longer stride and increased momentum.
The fifth step: Similar to length of fourth step. Foot begins to slide, finishing up by pointing somewhat to the target, remaining there for several seconds until fully balanced.
Some bowlers use a toe-first power step on their penultimate move, giving a strong push off to the final glide. Each bowler finds her own successful, consistent stride. Without looking, you would recognize a bowler for the repetitive cadence or beat of her footsteps.
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Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
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