Back in the days when I played regularly on a Saturday afternoon, there was a standing joke among my team mates – that I was more interested in bowling the perfect outswinger than in taking a wicket.
And when I coach seam bowlers, once I am happy that their action is reasonably sound and repeatable, I will move on quickly to what might be considered by some to be post-graduate deliveries – variations in swing and pace – rather than drilling line and length.
I strongly believe that the role of the coach is to encourage excellence and the ambition to aspire to the extraordinary.
Always – what does “better” look like, and how can I be better?
Continue reading On excellence – the quest for the perfect outswinger.
I took some video footage last week – any thoughts on what this “young” bowler might want to work on?
This wasn’t meant to be an exercise in self-analysis, however – rather, I wanted to try out a camera and techniques for filming a bowler in action, and then to generate some footage to practice video analysis.
But perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of the exercise was the insight into what a player would see when I demonstrate a skill. I can’t say that I would want anyone to try to copy (all of) my bowling action, after seeing it in this clip!
Continue reading “To see ourselves as others see us” or “what do you look like?” Some thoughts on coaching demonstrations.