CHEST DRIVE

The Chest Drive is the "catapulting" forward movement of your upper body between Front Foot Contact and Ball Release (often as a result of a Braced Front Leg). It is where your bowling shoulder drives in a straight line towards your target, allowing your chest to turn from Side-On to Front-On . 

 

Brett Lee drives his chest forward to face the batsman before release (original) - CC2.0 Photo by Prescott

WHY DOES THE CHEST NEED TO DRIVE FORWARD?

 

The Chest Drive helps you bowl faster by increasing the Separation between your chest and the cricket ball. A strong Chest Drive creates a powerful stretch across your upper body and your bowling arm, which forces your bowling arm to fire forwards at high speed. 

Dale Steyn drives his chest ahead of the ball to face forward (original) - Photo © David W

A good Chest Drive also pulls your bowling arm towards your target in a straight line. This helps you to consistently bowl straight, and can improve your ability to get your wrist in a good position at release so that you can Swing the Ball both ways at pace. 

HOW TO DRIVE THE CHEST FORWARD

 

During an effective Chest Drive you want to:​

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