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    Icon5 The effect of the follow-through on a ball's trajectory

    How can the direction of the follow-through affect the trajectory of your delivery? I've noticed the direction of the follow-through often leads to a bit more / less drift and if it really assists or counters drift, could an angled follow-through possibly be another potential weapon for a spinner? Has anyone else noticed the ball doing different things when a more sideways follow-through is used?

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    When your arm/body follows through it affects the flow of the air in the immediate vicinity of the crease. If you finish your action quick enough and take a few steps forward like fast bowlers do, you push more air down the pitch, thus changing the air pressure and flow around the ball. Theres a study that was done recently which backs this up - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17525353‎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    When your arm/body follows through it affects the flow of the air in the immediate vicinity of the crease. If you finish your action quick enough and take a few steps forward like fast bowlers do, you push more air down the pitch, thus changing the air pressure and flow around the ball. Theres a study that was done recently which backs this up - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17525353‎
    So you could actually cause drift or speed the ball up / lessen speed just by subtly changing the direction of your bowling arm's follow through? I'm surprised that few international players make use of this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45DegreeOBS View Post
    So you could actually cause drift or speed the ball up / lessen speed just by subtly changing the direction of your bowling arm's follow through? I'm surprised that few international players make use of this!
    It's common knowledge, I'm pretty sure most of them know


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    Quote Originally Posted by 45DegreeOBS View Post
    So you could actually cause drift or speed the ball up / lessen speed just by subtly changing the direction of your bowling arm's follow through? I'm surprised that few international players make use of this!
    There is little need to. It can be very easy to spot, screw up your rhythm and there are easier ways to disguise pace.

    It can work but there are more effective ways of doing it.
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