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    I thought that the angle looked a bit of a mish-mash in terms of swing direction - the back foot is parallel to the crease, which is naturally outswing, whilst the open chest is inswing; possibly causal to the lack of swing?

    I can't help but wonder if the conscious change to the left arm action will change the angle of the chest; if it closes up then it will become more of an outswinger's action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    I thought that the angle looked a bit of a mish-mash in terms of swing direction - the back foot is parallel to the crease, which is naturally outswing, whilst the open chest is inswing; possibly causal to the lack of swing?

    I can't help but wonder if the conscious change to the left arm action will change the angle of the chest; if it closes up then it will become more of an outswinger's action.
    Back foot parallel and front foot vertical is increasingly being used by quickies. It enables far greater rotation of the hips and a greater range of motion and velocity on the down swing of the leg.

    As long as the front foot is vertical and the action is open chested I have no problem with it.

    If he had a true mixed action ie front foot parallel but open chested action, or vertical front foot and side on action then I would agree that the mish-mash would be an issue.

    Looks fine to me and the change in the aggression of the left arm shouldnt really close the action unless he wanted to (which I would not advise as he would then have to change his front foot and a whole can of worms would be opened).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    A simple thing to concentrate on is making sure the fingers and wrist are behind the ball on release, and that the ball comes out with a stable seam with backspin on.

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    Yeah agreed with that, but how do you impart backspin.. I've been told to "cock" my wrist.. I mean what is "cock?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    I mean what is "cock?"
    I'll leave the to Voltman or LongHop, but doesn't that mean to pull your wrist back towards your arm as far as you can and *whip* it forward as you release?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Yeah agreed with that, but how do you impart backspin.. I've been told to "cock" my wrist.. I mean what is "cock?"
    Have you ever seen Naved-ul-Hasan bowl his slower one? I think that's what they mean by cocked.
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    Just remembered Pickup bowling in his hall and posting it on here, hilarious.. Do you still have that Neil?

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    I'm sure I do somewhere. As for "what is cock?" - just the wrist tilting backwards so your arm's not all limp and floppy; you probably do it naturally.
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    Am i the only one who thinks you bowl like Chris Martin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    Am i the only one who thinks you bowl like Chris Martin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    Am i the only one who thinks you bowl like Chris Martin?
    no! I couldn't believe the resemblance when I saw myself and have been looking for a video to compare.. Glad you mentioned it, I think he has a good action

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    I'm sure I do somewhere. As for "what is cock?" - just the wrist tilting backwards so your arm's not all limp and floppy; you probably do it naturally.
    good cock there

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    Pretty much agree with Goughy and SS.

    1) You need to use the run-up to your advantage to build momentum and pace in your bowling and not just as a formality.
    Increase the length and gradually increase the pace at which you run.

    2) As SS said, bend your back more and get some extra forward momentum at the time of delivery.

    3) The direction looks good overall but I think I noticed you swerving in closer to the stumps at the last moment - perhaps it was just the angle.
    You looked slightly imbalanced to me at first but I think it's fine.

    Good stuff for a start. If I had an action like that, I'd still be an opening pace bowler.

    3) is what occurred to me as well - isn't a huge issue but you'll be wasting some momentum. your left leg comes across your body a bit.
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    The video goes for like 1 second and then stops Langeveldt

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