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He fixed this in 2 ways:
1. Changing my backlift - my backlift was coming straight through, from middle/off stump line swinging straight. He got me to angle my backlift further towards 2nd/3rd slip region so that it had a clearer line for driving balls on the leg side.
2. Bucketloads of throwdowns - It's boring, but it works. After about 5 sessions of 10 minutes worth of leg-side throwdowns I started playing the drive more naturally. The trick is not to just say "that'll do" and stop the throwdowns, because now I'm at a new club, and the leg flick is a problem again. Keep getting some throwdowns, it's the best way to improve a part of your batting that is struggling and trigger your mind to a natural movement and reaction.
Yeah, so true. Boring as bat-crap for the both of you, but so helpful.
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Quigley, you have the same problem I had a few seasons ago.
The way i rectified this was to initially straighten up my backswing from 1st/2nd slip to come straight through from keeper to bowler( this may need a chnage in your grip) I found however that this was uncomfortable in my normal stance and so opened up my front leg to mid on in stance, causing the front foot to have to come much further across to get to the point of flicking straight balls and as the movement is automatic already the front leg will naturally only go so far when you pick up the line of the ball, with a more open stance this should open you up for the on drive more. Another point i changed was to stand a little more upright in my stance in order to level my eyes out as if your head is a little slanted or over to the offside you will pick up straighter balls as going down legside.
If these don't work however, perhaps you may want to try stopping on the shot slightly, and settle for the single to square-leg midwicket area and wait for balls bowled to your strength.
Let me now how you get on with those points, but im confident it will sort you out, as long as you practice it religiously in nets.
thanks guys really helpful!
My advice would be to try and play straight. Don't play the leg glance unless the ball is wide of leg stump and pitched up. Practice bringing the front foot down towards mid on/midwicket and play the ondrive. Bringing the foot in that direction will help balance yourself and prevent tipping over to your right leg.
similar to the problems the original poster was having, i am also having trouble playing the full ball pitching on middle and leg, especially early in my innings. i am very susceptible to LBWs to these balls because it seems that my front foot steps across the line of the ball. I usually take a middle stump guard.
even though i have recognized the problem, I am still having trouble correcting it. does anyone have additional advice that might be helpful for me?
Try and keep your hands in tight, next to your body. Also, try really pointing your head straight at the bowler, chin almost touching your shoulder.
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Here's a few pointers from my problem that you may have.
- Get your head over the ball. If you can't play your shot with your front foot out a long distance and hold it for 5 seconds, chances are, your head isn't over the ball.
- Build up ankle strength, may seem a bit stupid, but I did a bit of this and it really helped my balance out.
- Trust yourself to judge it, I am now finding myself much more confident and relaxed at the crease while batting, I am trusting my eye to pick the ball up.
- Lean on the front leg and swivel on your back leg (I think you will probably be dragging your back leg behind you when you're playing your shots). Swivel on your back leg so that your toe is the only part of your foot on the ground, this will keep you in your crease and give you maximum power. If you do this properly your upper body will be straight by the time you've played the ball giving you more power.
Finally, your problem with the cutting of the ball:
- Don't see the ball, play the shot. Watch the ball RIGHT onto your bat. Too many times I've hit boundaries off swing bowling not watching it the whole way only to stuff up when the ball is cutting. Now, even if I play the ball well without watching it well, I tell myself to watch the thing. This is a current problem I am having - If I watch the ball, I find I can play the ball MUCH better than not, it's just getting into the habit of doing so. Give it time, it will come.
do you stand square on to the bowler?
big rookie mistake.
If you stand square on to the bowler of course it will be hard to play balls on the leg stump because your pad is in the way.
Open your stance up a bit.
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