Assessing Lift and Forward Spine Tilt

How they are measured


In this month’s installment of Slowinski At Large, I present a method for evaluating certain aspects of the physical game with quantifiable data. From an analysis perspective, I constantly reflect on how to best evaluate players over time. If I can quantify physical movements in terms of data points, it will provide an accurate assessment as well as a method to determine change over time. This provides a better opportunity to illustrate areas of weakness, cause and effect systems, and effect meaningful change.

These analysis points include the release lift angle, the forward spine tilt throughout the approach, step distances, step velocity, and the downswing angle. Each of these components can be measured, recorded, assessed, and compared.

The collection will provide a coach or player with data to be added to an in-depth physical game profile. Most importantly, through this ongoing assessment, current physical game efficiency ...

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.