Learning the game of Lawn Bowls
Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a "jack" or "kitty".
It is played on a flat bowling green, normally outdoors (although there are many indoor venues).
Bowls Wilton is very keen to see you get the most of playing the game of lawn bowls. To do that we suggest you get some training early, to a good technique, improve your accuracy and avoid any injuries.
There are many ways we can help:
One-on-one coaching at the club by one of our senior bowlers. They can take you through the basic techniques, watch you in action, and give you advice. John Gray is our club Coach and would be pleased to help you with all aspects of your game.
NZ Bowls have an excellent online series of YouTube clips, showing the basic techniques and some training ideas.
What ever method you choose, stay with it and enjoy the game.
When you start any new sport, it helps a lot to know the etiquette of the game.
Here are a few key points:
Be on time and ready to start. Shake hands with opponents before and after the game.
Be ready to take your turn on the mat. Leads should place their opponent’s first bowl beside the mat. Place the skip’s bowl on the mat prior to changeover.
Do not talk or move about when a player is about to deliver a bowl.
Concentrate on the game and watch how the head is building up.
Watch for delivery of dead bowls and stand behind the side pegs to check.
Skips should watch their players on the mat and not get engrossed in conversation with the opposing skip.
The 3 in fours, or the two in triples, is responsible for measuring. While a measure is in progress, other players should not comment unless asked. Do not start picking up bowls until the measure is complete or permission given. If required, assist in performing a long measure. When umpire is measuring, all players must stand well back.
Before delivering your bowl, check that a player on an adjoining rink is not about to deliver a bowl.
Advise players on adjoining rinks if a drive is about to be played.
Walk in the centre of your rink when changing ends. Never encroach on adjoining rinks.
Etiquette is simply good manners - treat other players with respect and consideration.
Message from Allan Chee (Club Captain):