Cricket-blog gets a lot of reciprocal link requests (hence the insanely long blog roll in the right margin). Not long ago, I received a link request from wattacoach.com and was intrigued by the website. They sell video coaching lessons from a team of coaches who've all played or coached first class cricket. You upload a video of your own bowling or batting action and one of their coaches sends back a video lesson analysing your technique and providing drills to improve it.
I asked if they did a video lesson on my legspin action, could I post it on Cricket-blog. They agreed. Not having a video camera, Wendy and I took our digital camera (it takes short, low-rez movies), went into the backyard and set up the Ricky Ponting beach cricket stumps. I bowled a few leggies which Wendy filmed from side-on and front-on. The front-on was a little tricky - I had to be sure I didn't accidentally strike Wendy or the camera. I then downloaded Windows Movie Maker and quickly edited together the following epic movie:
I uploaded the animation onto the Wattacoach website and a few days ago received a video lesson by David Freedman, a wrist spinner who played for and currently coaches NSW (I won't hold it against him that he lives south of the Tweed). Their two wrist spin coaches are Freedman and Beau Casson who seems to be busy at the moment playing for Australia or something. Here is the lesson in full YouTube glory:
Most interesting was the side-by-side comparison with Beau Casson's bowling action. I can see why Aussie cricketers have a plasma TV in the nets - it's very useful (and fun, bordering on narcissistic) to see a replay of your technique. Even better to compare it side by side with a Test legspinner. I can immediately see how my bowling stride is too long - fixing that has already improved my follow through.
Next is a series of drills explained by Freedman and Casson. I haven't had a chance to try them out - I'll have to give them a quick run through before the club's weekly net session tonight. Plenty of homework to work on anyway.
The cost for most of the lessons is $60 which seems pretty good value considering how useful and content rich the lessons are. The Freedman lesson is $70 but of course wrist spin is going to cost more - legspin after all is cricket's greatest and most difficult artform. Plus bowlers pay once to have their technique analysed - batsmen get 4 batting strokes analysed in a lesson. So if you're having trouble with a whole range of strokes, well, maybe you should consider becoming a bowler.
WattaCoach is an exciting idea - a sign of the post-Buchanan era where nerdy technology is another indispensable tool in our kitbags alongside thigh guards and linseed oil. Whether the tips in my video lesson will help me take more wickets on Saturday, well, we'll just have to wait and see. I may have to go back and ask for some help developing my googly.
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Still can't imagine how to get a ball down the other end in one go from a standing start but!
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Its really good to see how technology is enabler of so many things in life. With access to right resources everyone can work on to improve their game.
Thanks for sharing
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