Bowls is a friendly game with as much emphasis on the social side of bowling as there is on the sport itself. Anyone can play – we have special children’s bowls available – and we can supply all equipment and coaching. All you need to bring is a pair of shoes without heels (an old pair of trainers will do) or you can play barefoot!
If you’re interested in trying a game and getting some free coaching, please contact the Club Secretary John Clutterbuck (07799 610 527 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
When can you play?
We play regular social games that are suited to beginners. Our opening times for this year will be decided shortly and posted here but we’re always open on a Saturday (2:30 – 5pm).
How to Play?
The basic idea is very simple, the player in one team throws the jack (a small white ball) down the green and this is centered so that it lies in the middle of the rink (the section of the green that you are playing on).
The players then take turns to deliver their bowls and the aim of the game is to get your bowls as close as possible to the jack. The bowls have a bias on them – they are not quite round which means that they do not travel in a straight line. As the bowl begins to slow it moves in the direction of the bias.
The idea is that the player adjusts both the direction (or their ‘road’) and their weight to get as close to the jack as possible or perhaps to try and knock out their opponent’s bowls.
Teams: Bowls can be played either one against one, or in teams of pairs, triples or fours. When playing individually or in pairs each player typically gets fours bowls, in triples they get three, and in fours they get two bowls each.
Scoring: The player (or team) with the closest bowl to the jack wins a point. If they have the two closest bowls they win two points, and so on.
Tactics: As you become more experienced, you can learn the tactics played in a game of bowls. Players can play a ‘draw’ shot (to roll up to the jack) or a ‘drive’ (to knock opponent’s bowls out of the way). Sometimes you may want to play a ‘blocker’ in order to prevent your opponent from getting close to the jack or using a drive to knock your bowl out of the way.
Come along to one of our social games or arrange a coaching session to find out more.