Ardgowan Club

Concentration

Definition: The definition of concentration is “The ability to direct ones thoughts or actions towards one subject,” e.g. the follow-through action of the eye hand and aiming point alignment.

One pointed concentration: This illustrates the value of a one pointed concentration so intense that nothing is allowed to distract the mind from the task at hand during a bowling skill performance that is an important key to success. It means to be able to ignore any distractions: such as antagonistic fans; inclement weather; personal hopes and fears; the presence of friends and family; and even your opponents attempts to “psyche” you out; and keep your attention focused on the “here and now” of your body coordination and follow-through action. It is an invaluable skill for any bowler to master, yet it is an easy learnable and obtainable skill!

Learning: So to understand how to learn and improve concentration, it’s first useful to consider how concentration is most frequently lost both externally and internally;
Externally: When delivering the jack or bowl you should only need to concentrate on;
  1. The aiming point; don’t blink or move yours eyes off the aiming point, if you do you have lost your concentration, other thoughts will enter your mind,
  2. Breathing; inhale with the backswing, exhale with the forward of the delivery arm; this collapses your body’s diaphragm and allows you to bend forward freely,
  3. Alignment; the forward swing of the delivery hand must culminate with eye, hand and aiming point alignment. At the culminating point the hand must be positioned 30cm below the line of sight; this controls the precision of the pendulum action of the delivery arm and course of the jack or bowl.

Internally; all other aspects of the delivery should be automatically done unconsciously from the force of habit.

Note: the moment of fixation of your eyes on the aiming point automatically controls a definite stage in the course of events during the delivery action such as the forward body direction, alignment, length, balance and your senses of hearing, feeling, taste and smell.