Dug (or anyone else),
I have some questions related to the topic of order of teaching. If you are essentially starting from ground zero with a new student, in what order do you introduce the fundamentals? (After the finish position
Does this change if the bowlers is younger (and/or have less strength or coordination)? Finally, what do you do with the "help" you get from others?
Let me give some background as to why I asking these questions. Often when working with a new youth student their game requires a fairly major overahaul. As I stated earlier, I usually start with armswing and finish position, and work from the foul line backwards on the approach. I normally have the student use a very average (basic hook) release during the initial effort, while working on the rest of the approach; concentrating on armswing, timing, balance, and consistency. Leaving the release until most of the other pieces are in place. (With younger bowlers I usually do not go beyond the basic release) However, I often get some "help" from others (especially parents), trying to teach the student how to get a stronger release. This usually has a drastic detrimental effect on a relaxed armswing. IMO, one of the best guides to teaching a completed games was the series of Bill Hall articles in BTM in 2001. In this series Bill covered the release position (and fundamental of the release) second, immediately after the foul line position.
I would be interest in how others approach these situations, and any reference material they might use.