A Basic Introduction: how the game is played
The Game of Bowls
The social, competitive game of bowls has been played for centuries. In the manufacturing process one side of the bowl is formed to be wider and heavier; this gives the bias. Marks are engraved indicating which is the lighter side and which is the heavier (biased) side. The bowl, when in motion, will veer to the left or right, according to the bias. The delivery is accomplished by standing on the mat and using the bowling arm as a pendulum to propel the bowl along the rink in the direction of the jack, where it will (hopefully) come to rest, either touching or adjacent to the jack.
Jack: White or Yellow, 6.35cm diameter. It must be delivered in excess of 23 metres.
Bowl: 12-13cm diameter, of 1.25-1.6kg, has imprinted stamps to denote brand, date, weight and size.
Types of delivery, Tactics & Scoring
Allows the bowler to deliver the bowl to a specific location without disturbing other bowls at the 'head', (where bowls already played have come to rest).
Involves delivering the bowl with enough force to move the jack, or disturb other bowls at the head.
Involves bowling with considerable force. The aim is to remove a specific bowl, or completely change the head. There is a very little curve in this shot as the speed of the bowl nullifies its bias.
Includes the use of 'blockers' and 'covering bowls' and 'plants' to win ends.