Had a brilliant question in last week
Someone was asking about when would they hit their ceiling for pace
This is what they asked
Been reading some of your stuff in various places and have a question about when a bowler has hit his ceiling.
At what age would you say they are unable to gain anymore pace.
Say an 18 year old bowled low 70s how quick would you say they would realistically be able to bowl as a fully grown adult?
In your experience, what age is a bowler’s ceiling hit?
Is it unrealistic to assume a 70mph bowler at the age of 18 can hit 80mph?
Not much relevance to me but think it’s an interesting topic of discussion.
Thanks for your time!
Great question this
And its actually realistic
You have no idea the number of people who write in to say they bowl at 70 mph and can we turn them into 90mph bowlers
And they are over 30!
To get someone from 70 to 80mph is absolutely possible
Especially at 18
It would be ideal at 18 if they had a good athletic background, so they had been jumping, playing multiple sports, climbing etc and generally developing all athletic qualities
But most people haven’t got this behind them
So what we have to do is evaluate their athletic qualities and bowling action
See how you move, what your capacity is etc
Then from there make a plan
Correct movement faults, then build useable strength and add bowling specific fitness after that
When you get everything lined up correctly you can start to go through the gears in terms of pace
Even just tapping into the central nervous system can get you some extra MPH pretty fast
So get everything in place and you can absolutely take someone from 70-80mph
And the new 6 month online 1-1 plan which launches at the end of the month will do exactly this
Keep your eyes peeled
p.s. here is an article we did a while back on one of the players who upped their pace https://cricketstrength.com/76mph-83mph-success-story/