DELAYED ARMS

Delayed Arms refers to the timing of your arms in your fast bowling action as you start to bowl the cricket ball. In an ideal world, you want both your bowling arm and front arm to be between waist and shoulder height at Front Foot Contact, and for your bowling arm to be the last part of your body to move from this position. 

Mitchell Johnson at Front Foot Contact with both arms delayed (original) - CC2.0 Photo by Gareth Williams

Front Foot Contact is a crucial point in your bowling action where you add power and direction to the ball. It is essential that both your arms are in the best position possible so that you can bowl the ball fast and straight.

WHY DELAY THE ARMS?

 

Delaying your Bowling Arm creates more time for you to accelerate the cricket ball between Front Foot Contact and release. The longer you have to accelerate the ball, and the faster you can accelerate it during this time, the faster the ball will go. 

Shoaib Akhtar keeps his bowling arm low at Front Foot Contact (original) - Photo © John Driscoll

Delaying your bowling arm can also help to create Separation between your bowling side hip and shoulder. As your hips rotate forward and your bowling arm is left behind, you create a big stretch between these body parts which can contribute to you bowling faster. 

Steven Finn (ENG) delays both arms at Front Foot Contact (original) - Photo © Dave Morton

When you delay your Front Arm, it is in the best position to pull your upper body forward and help your Chest Drive towards the target. This creates additional Separation between your chest and the ball - helping you to bowl faster - and also encourages your upper body to drive forwards rather than collapse sideways. 

HOW TO DELAY YOUR ARMS

 

In order to delay your arms:

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