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    Getagame Gazette
    volume 2 no 1 June_July 2016

    ARTICLES IN THIS EDITION
  • The Great Lawn Bowls Instructional Books
  • How Do You Get The Green
  • Five games like lawnbowls you should try this summer
  • Whch is the Most Important Shot in Lawn Bowls



  • The Great Australian Lawn Bowls Instructional Books


    We look at some books which dominated the lawn bowls coaching scene for 40 years.


    They are
  • Bowls the text book of the game. How to become a Champion by R. T. (Boomerang) Harrison. This book was self published by Harrison in sbout 1937 appeared in about 1937 and was reprinted almost every year until about 1980 (later by Angus and Robinson)

  • Fundamentals of Lawn Bowls by Albert Newton (published in 1960 by Angas and Robinson)

  • Bowling Along by Glyn Bosisto (published by Stanley Paul, 1963).

  • The Challenge of Lawn Bowls by Wal Davies (published by Houghton Mifflin 1989)

  • Winning Bowls by the great New Zealand bowler John Snell (published by Curry O'Neill 1982)
  • All of these books can be purchased secondhand through ABEbooks , the on line sales method used by almost all of the world's secondhand book dealers

    The two most printed books were those by Harrison and Newton
    Harrison 1937 front pageThe very verbose Harrison book was discredited late last century because of his emphasis on using a grip with the thumb in the centre of the running surface. In 1995 I read the book and started bowling using his grip and was quickly corrected by experts. I did not appreciate the Harrison grip until I played on the 7-10 second greens in Hong Kong and China in 2013. On these greens the expert players use the Harrison grip because it imparts top spin to the bowl which then rolls into the head. Usiong normal Australian grip and delivery the bowl tended to skid and stop well short.

    When Harrison wrote his book in the 1930s the Australian greens were almost certainly much slower than is usually acceptable these days.

    If you ignore the grip the rest of the book is great. It is very strong on tactics and surprisingly on the psychology of the game . .
    A Newton diagram
    The Newton book is easier to read and includes more than 30 very clear diagrams and many photographs

    Both writers emphasize the development of a grooved delivery, with Harrison suggesting that a new bowler should spend a few weeks indoor swinging the bowl without relasing it before ever delivering a bowl on a green. These days most people are introduced to the game through social where few would receive more 10 minutes instruction before putting down the first bowl!

    The two books spend a lot of time on tactics, most of which is still relevant today. For instance they give detailed instruction on delivering a blocker, an aspect of the game which is ignored today when our bowls have bias of only 25% of the bowls used by the authors. Blockers should be easier to deliver with modern bowls and more likely to succeed.

    Both books are readable and helpful. Currently you can easily buy them through abebooks.com For Harrison there are 47 copies mostly for about $15 delivered and for Newton there are 28 with about 10 costing less than $20 delivered








    How Do You Get The Green

    We look at the writings of the past champions and the modern YouTube Videos

    The Angle of Attack
    As a long retired teacher I of the subject I feel I must start this with the Maths.
  • With a given set of bowls on a given green and with a constant wind, on any hand the bowl must be delivered along a line at a fixed angle with the centre line of the rink.
  • If a bowler gets this angle right the bowl will finish on the centre line
  • The problem of getting green is to determine that angle and to consistently bowl along that line


    Setting The Angle
  • Clearly the easiest way to set that angle is by locating a spot the bank to aim at.
  • I You would do this with your first practice bowl, possibly by aiming at the boundary marker peg and then adjusting the aiming point by the distance your bowl was wide or narrow.
  • Most coaches teaching bank aiming recommend that you look at your aiming point and then bring your eyes down to a spot on the green along your aiming line
  • A different system is proposed by John Tiplady in his YouTube coaching video Tippers Part 2 - Aiming Points in Lawn Bowls (see it here)

    . His method is to send the first bowl straight down the centre line and then get your aiming point by looking through the position where that bowl finishes. This works well as long as there is no cross wind, but I have never seen a bowler use it

    Why Not Use Bank Aiming
    Most writers warn against bank point aiming because
  • You might lose your aiming point if someone moves a chair or stands in front of your mark
  • the aiming point changes if the mat moves.

  • These problems are of little concern because

  • Everyone learned enough geometry in year eight maths to solve the mat moving problem as shown in the diagram on the left and explained here

  • As for the loss of sight line you can work on distance across the bank from the rink and boundary markers

  • Line Visualization
  • In most of the written material the authors recommend using visualization of the track which the bowl is taking from the mat to the bowl. This is expressed in many different ways but it comes down to the bowler setting the angle on that hand and remembering it
  • This is the method taught by most coaches, writers and producers of video (who are usually elite players), and it is used by the majority of high performing players. It is certainly the method which should be taught to young players taking up the game
  • Perhaps it is also one of the reasons that the younger players dominate the national teams. It requires you to remember the angle of attack to within a quarter of a degree

    By practising bowls we train our brain to set the angles and to vary the weight through controlling our arm speed. The older we are the more difficult it will be to train the brain and the more likelihood there is that some of the training will be forgotten. If there was not a decline in skill levels from age 40 the numbers playing the game would indicate that bowlers over 60 would win almost every event


  • What Method is Best for the many different groups who may take up or try out our game

  • For young people taking up the game seriously they must learn visualization as soon as possible

  • For school groups experiencing the game through a few sessions put a marker on the green for them to bowl around for the early sessions and then let them find their own method.

  • For social barefoot and night owl bowlers playing the game a few sessions (you can usually only give them 5 minutes coaching) tell them to bowl at the boundary marker and adjust from there

  • For new bowlers starting the game or those coming from social bowls at age 30 to 70 teach bank aiming because it works
  • For those on the younger end of the above group teach bank aiming but discuss visualization as an alternate method which might suit them


  • Almost all books and coaching videos have been produced by bowlers who play at an elite level. Too many of those entering bowling later in life are not even being told about bank aiming






    Five Games like Lawn Bowls you Should Try This Summer

    This article come Lanternclub , the parent club of Roselands Bowling Club

    The Australian summer means many things to many people. But there are some quintessential summer activities that are universally loved, such as going to the beach, backyard cricket and taking advantage of the great outdoors.

    What you may not know is that there are several other games like lawn bowls. Given the way the youth of Australia have embraced the idea of rolling lopsided balls down a green to a tiny white ball about 25 metres away, here are five games like lawn bowls you should try this summer as well.

    BOCCE


    Born out of the ancient games of the Roman Empire and sporting close links to British bowls and the French version petanque, bocce was developed into its present incarnation in Italy. It is played wherever there are Italians, which is all through Europe and right across Australia.

    Bocce is played on dirt or asphalt rectangular courts around 27m long and 3-4m wide READ ON






    What is the Most Important Shot in Lawn Bowls

    This article come from a UK coaching site lawnbroker.co.uk

    It asks the question and describes six different shots , and then gives the answer. Some of the terms are not in common use in Australia

    The Six Bowls shots
    There are only 6 Types of shot in Lawn and Indoor Bowling

    1. Drawing
    2. Facing (or Chap & lie)
    3. Turning out
    4. Running
    5. Firing
    6. Blocking

    Which is the most important shot in Lawn Bowls?

    A good question which is not easily answered. Appreciating each type of shot objectively you will be able to make up your own mind as to the most important one we use in our great game Read on

    To see the answers click here .


















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    April 2016
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  • April 2016
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  • February2016
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    December 2015
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  • How to Put the Stickers on Your Bowls
  • The Mathematics Of Narrow Bowls

  • October 2015
  • 2015 Rule Change Altered Two Shots
  • Gambling Spreads to Lawn Bowls
  • Injuries from Lawn Bowls
  • Profitable Singles Tournaments
  • When did bowlers start running down the green?

  • August 2015
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  • June 2015
  • What is a Skins Tournament
  • The health benefits of Bowls
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