SEPARATION

Separation involves creating a difference in angle between body parts, causing a stretch in your muscles as you move through your fast bowling action. One of the most important points of separation to help you bowl fast is between your bowling-side hip and your bowling shoulder, known as "Hip/Shoulder Separation". 

 

Jacques Kallis separates his bowling side hip and shoulder (original) - CC2.0 Photo by Cormac

WHY IS SEPARATION IMPORTANT?

 

During your fast bowling action, your muscles act like elastic bands - the further and faster you can stretch them, the more "ping" you get and the faster you can bowl. Many of the world's fastest bowlers create large and fast separations between their hips and their shoulders, which helps them to bowl at consistently high speeds.  

Shoaib Akhtar bowled consistently fast by creating huge hip/shoulder separation (original) - Photo ©  Bilal Mirza

Many activities that involve rotation - such as fast bowling in cricket, pitching or hitting a baseball, throwing a javelin, and hitting a golf ball - use Hip/Shoulder separation to produce power. Research shows that being able to do it safely and effectively can help you to be more powerful, and bowl faster. 

Justin Verlander (MLB pitcher) separates his hips and shoulders (@ 14 seconds) to throw at almost 160km/h

HOW TO SEPARATE YOUR HIPS & SHOULDERS

 

Hip/Shoulder Separation happens as you move from Back Foot Contact to Front Foot Contact. To create effective Hip/Shoulder Separation, you should be close to the following position when your front foot hits the crease:

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