Chris Firth: 2006/07 Club Singles Champion
Rules on how to play the Lawn Bowls Game
Lawn Bowls is a precision sport where the goal is to roll slightly radially asymmetrical balls (called lawn bowls) closer to a smaller white ball (called the Jack) than one's opponent is able to do. The Lawn Bowls game is usually played on a large, rectangular, precisely levelled and manicured grass or synthetic surface known as a bowling green, but an indoor variation on carpet is also played.
Lawn Bowls is a popular game in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and parts of the USA. Because of its relaxed pace and comparatively light physical demands, Lawn Bowls is a popular participant sport, particularly for the elderly. However, there is a considerable professional competition dominated by younger men and women.
Protection of the Lawn Bowls Green
To protect the surface of the Green, Bowlers should:
- wear flat and smooth footwear or no shoes/barefoot
- avoid sitting on the edge of the bank, or otherwise submiting the green near the edge of the ditch to foot pressure - never run on the green
- release the lawn bowls close to the green surface and avoid dumping of your lawn bowls.
Placing a Mat
The Mat provides a base for delivering the jack and lawn bowls. It provides some protection against local wear and tear of the green surface. Players may not relocate the mat during an end, but may straighten it or temporarily lift it to allow a lawn bowl from adjacent rink to pass.
Lawn bowls size and Bias
A lawn bowl is about twice the diameter and six time the weight of a Jack. Lawn bowls are designed to travel a curved path, referred to as bias, and was originally produced by inserting weights to one side of the bowl. This is no longer permitted by the rules and bias is now produced entirely by the shape of the bowl.
A bowler can recognise the bias direction of the bowl in his hand by a dimple or...
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