If you’re keen to dive in to lawn bowls, it’s useful to learn a little about the sport beforehand. Written information can be helpful, but we can only learn so much about a physical activity from an article – at some point, you just need to see how it’s done.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of excellent lawn bowls videos covering the major aspects and areas of of the game. Browse these clips and to give yourself an overview of the sport, and then learn about bowls technique, common faults and lawn bowls tips.
So, let’s get to it – here are our favourite lawn bowls videos.
Lawn Bowls 101
This video from the Newport Harbour Lawn Bowl club is a decent introduction to the sport, and gives a solid overview of how it all works. Learn about the layout of the rinks, the aim of the game, and the general method of delivering bowls and taking account of their bias.
It covers the bare bones of the rules too, discussing the various situations under which the jack and bowls can become out of play, along with measuring distances and scoring.
Common Bowling Faults
This video is absolutely essential viewing for anyone looking to iron out the kinks in their bowls game. Mistakes in your bowling technique are usually either developed when you first take up the sport, or stealthily creep in to your game over time – the sooner you can correct them, the better.
Watch the video and learn about the common problems of wobbling bowls, and how the most likely root cause is a problem with your grip. A “bounce on delivery” is also a widespread problem for new bowlers, and the solution is presented here. Several other issues are addressed – your bowls game can’t help but improve if you can pinpoint and correct the common faults in your technique.
How to Lawn Bowl
An amusing overview for beginners, although you do get the feeling that lawn bowls just isn’t the presenter’s game. Still, a nice snapshot of how the game is played and what it takes to score.
Lawn Bowls Grip
When it’s your turn to bowl, the first thing you do is pick the thing up. But if you have the wrong grip, you’re shooting yourself in the foot before you even begin. This excellent video from Bowls South Africa illustrates the finer points of the pragmatic finger-tip grip, which should give you the best chance of achieving accurate deliveries.
Lawn Bowls Stance
As Bowls South Africa mention in this instructional video, the foundation for a good delivery is the stance you take when bowling. It emphasises the importance of a consistent delivery routine, and outlines the most efficient step-by-step feet placements at the mat to make sure that your body is in just the right position at the point of delivery.
Lawn Bowling Strategy
A nice little introduction to the strategy of lawn bowls, this clip highlights the difference between the role of the skipper and the other two players in triples games: the vice-skip and the lead.
Lawn Bowls Delivery
Bowls South Africa have several fantastic bowls videos, and their delivery clip is no exception. It covers the “pendulum” delivery, which consists of a slow backswing, a normal step forward with the leading foot, concurrent with a forward swing of the arm. You can never put too much work in on your delivery, and this video is the gold standard – you may want to refer back to it several times as you work on your technique over time.
That about does it for our roundup of bowls videos online. Soak up the information in the clips above and you should be beating your opponents to the jack in no time flat.