BACK FOOT CONTACT
BACK FOOT CONTACT

Back Foot Contact (B.F.C) is your first contact with the ground after the Jump and Gather. It is the start of your fast bowling action, and how you position your body at this point will determine what type of action you have.

 

Brett Lee lands at B.F.C (original) - CC2.0 Photo by Rikx

WHY IS BACK FOOT CONTACT IMPORTANT?

 

A good Back Foot Contact allows your bowling action to work in the correct sequence. It links your Run Up to your Front Foot Contact, and helps transfer the momentum you have gained into your bowling action. The more momentum you can transfer through Back Foot Contact, the faster you will be able to bowl.   

Mark Wood (England & Durham CCC) during his action at B.F.C - Photo © Philip Lewis

Being in a good position at Back Foot Contact also allows you to be balanced and aligned towards your target, which helps produce a safer bowling action. When it is done poorly, your body has to compensate later on in the action to find extra pace, which puts you at a higher risk of injury.  

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HOW DO YOU LAND AT BACK FOOT CONTACT?

There are three main types of position at Back Foot Contact for fast bowlers:​

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