Article Contents

  • 1. The importance of the lead non-ball-side arm
  • 2. A common lead arm error in two-handers
  • 3. Lead arm focus points
  • 4. Two-handed training for the lead non-ball-side elbow
  • 5. Closing remarks

In the July 2007 issue of Bowling This Month, I first wrote about two-handed bowling in my article, How to Coach or Bowl With the Two-Handed Thumbless Delivery: An Emergent Powerful Style. In that article, I wrote, “If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch this new breed of power bowler, you will be amazed at how effortlessly they create power and a high rev rate with a clean release.” After seeing Jason Belmonte bowl in person at both the Malaysian Open and Kuwait Open, I started dissecting the two-handed physical game, which led to the article.

Intrigued by seeing this technique, I started my journey to understand the cause and effect sequences associated with the two-handed game, primarily focusing on Osku Palermaa’s and Jason Belmonte’s physical games. My goal was to provide guidance to coaches so they would be prepared to help those who wanted to become two-handed bowlers, as well as to provide some drills for bowlers.

In my work as an international coach, I have trained hundreds of two-handers, men and women, young and old. One of the most important physical game focus areas that is often overlooked is the lead non-ball-side arm. While the term “non-bowling arm” discounts its importance in one-handed bowling, it is an even bigger mistake to think that the non-gripping hand is anything less than integral to the two-handed release. This article will focus on explaining how the lead non-ball-side arm can impact the two-handed physical game. It will also introduce some training areas to improve the utilization of this arm. By emphasizing the lead elbow, many two-handers can improve to the next level.

The importance of the lead non-ball-side arm

Before diving in, let’s take a look at a 3D model of the effective use of the lead non-ball-side arm in a two-handed swing. In this example, the model is stationary, but it provides a good look at the proper alignment of both ...

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Joe Slowinski

About Joe Slowinski

Joe Slowinski, a USBC Gold Coach, is a freelance bowling coach who works with bowlers around the globe. He is currently on assignment with the Philippines. Slowinski is the former Director of Bowling at Lincoln Memorial University, where he served as Program Administrator and Head USBC Collegiate Men’s and NCAA Women’s Coach. The Portland, Maine native has served as the Administrative and Men's Head Coach at Webber International University and served for four years as a Master Teaching Professional at the Kegel Training Center. Slowinski is also the former Director of Coaching and Coach Certification for the National Sports Council of Malaysia. He has coached international teams at the World Championships, Pan American Games, South American Games, and European Championships, helping Belgium win a Gold medal at the 2022 EBF Championship of Champions and coaching Brazil to Gold medals at the 2015 Pam American Games and the 2014 South American Games. He was the 2018 NTCA DII/III Coach of the Year and the 2010 NCBCA Men’s College Coach of the Year.