played the fascinating game of Lawn Bowls for 43 years.
"fascinating" because the more you play this great game
the more you want to learn about it!
I thought that I was a pretty fair lawn bowler until I applied to
get my coach's license.
When I attended the coaching school, I found that I had picked up
a lot of bad habits over the years.
Mainly because I had never been coached but more importantly, nobody
ever pointed these problems out to me.
I only learned about my faults because the lecturers took me right
back to the BASICS of the game
Most bowlers are either too embarrassed to ask for help or they
believe that they are better than they really are and don't need
The important thing is that now I have found out about my own faults
(and corrected them), I can help other bowlers with theirs.
The Real Basic Elements of Lawn Bowls
always stand behind the mat before I go through my set up routine
while I get directions from the Skip or, Director if I am Skip.
This allows me to check my Grip, The Bias and my Aiming Point, then
when I am ready
I step on to the Mat.
These are three important parts of your Set Up, the others are Stance,
Balance, Comfort, Delivery Stride and Back Swing (Pendulum Action),
Delivery and Follow Through.
Make sure that when you adopt your grip, your middle or long finger
is along the centre of the running surface of the bowl. This will
ensure that the bowl will follow a true path.
Always make sure that the small ring on the bias side of the bowl
is pointing to the centre line of the Rink. There's nothing more
embarrassing than bowling a wrong bias!
Point or Line: Everyone will adopt a way of picking
a spot either on the green or the bank to set up their aiming point
(or line of delivery).
I pick a spot on the green
where I know that my bowl will start to turn in, but which ever
method you choose, remember, the Aiming Point will remain constant,
only your weight or length will change from time to time
The way you stand on The Mat will determine the success
or failure of your delivery.
The recommended position is
approximately 4 inches or 10 cms. from the front of the mat.
Your feet should be fairly
close together and pointing along your aiming line. Important note,
don't Crouch, stand up straight with knees slightly flexed.
You should be comfortably balanced, with
your shoulders just slightly forward of your feet and square to
your delivery line.
Stride or Step off: Should be no more than a
normal walking pace, as this will determine the amount of Backswing
that occurs when you take that step
This is quite obviously the final and most important aspect
of bowling because if you have all the other requirements right
the bowl will ultimately find the target at which you're aiming
and everyone except your opponent will be happy.
Arm Position is most important as this will initially determine
whether you bowl long or short.
When you are ready to deliver
the bowl, make sure that your arm is straight and wrist uncocked.
Your arm should be able to
swing back past your body in a pendulum action allowing the weight
of the bowl to take your arm back naturally,( don't pull it back).
At the point of delivery,
approximately 90% of your weight should be on your front foot.
few Salient Points to remember:
1.Don't over step as this will cause loss of balance and
2.Concentrate on what you are doing and listen to advice.
3.The recommended point of contact bowl to green is approximately
8 inches (20cms.) past and parallel to the side of your front foot
4.Your follow through should extend no higher than your
front knee with palm
5. Stay down
till your bowl is about half the distance to the target and then
stand up bringing your back foot up to your front foot.
6. Watch your bowl finish,
never turn your back because you will not be able to correct if
the bowl doesn't go where it was supposed to
Another Point to remember, while you are waiting to bowl,
always hold your bowl in your non- bowling hand as this will save
your bowling arm from any unnecessary TENSION and will assure an
|I hope that what
I have written will help somebody out there. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me at any time. Till then, good bowling.
East Bowling Club.