Lawn bowl is played with four balls or bowls. There are four bowls in a set. Each set is unique and has its own special symbol etched in the center circle on both sides.
Much like alley bowling, bowlers roll their bowls towards a goal. In this case, the goal is a small white ball the size of a billiard ball known as the "Jack." The object of the game is to get as close to the Jack as possible. The challenge comes from the fact that the bowls are not round and are therefore biased. This means they will curve as they roll, forcing the bowler to roll his/her bowl outward at an angle to reach the Jack.
The object of the game is to get your bowls as close to a small white ball as possible. This white ball is the size of a billiard ball and is known as the jack. It is rolled out onto the playing field where it becomes the target for the game. The object is to roll your bowls as close to it as possible. It is perfectly acceptable to hit and move the Jack with your bowls, so this little white ball gets a lot of attention.
The Jack has NO bias. The person who begins the game must roll the Jack in a straight line out onto the playing field. This can be really tricky if the grass is long or wet, or the field is bumpy. Like everything else in lawn bowling it looks a lot easier than it actually is.
Measuring Tape When more than one bowl is close to the Jack, and it is impossible to tell which is closest with the naked eye, a measuring tape is brought out.
The tape looks a lot like a regular measuring tape, but can be made of string or metal. Top-of-the-line tapes also have calipers, which allow you to measure very precisely. Occasionally things are so close that a dollar bill, inserted between the Jack and the bowls, will have to be used to determine the winner. If two or more bowls are touching the Jack directly, a tie is declared.
1. Bowls: You will need a set of bowls with which to play the game. There are four bowls in a set. When you first begin, you will use club bowls until you become familiar with the size, weight, and draw (how much the bowl curves when it is rolled). Once you are certain which size, weight, and bias you like, you can think about buying a set.
New Set: A new set of bowls costs between $260 and $400 depending on the maker, color, and emblem you would like on them.
Used Set: Bowls can be used for decades, so a used set is just fine. You can get a good used set for between $40 to $100.
2. Shoes: Shoes need to be flat soled so that you don't damage the surface of the green. You do NOT have to buy special shoes that are just for lawn bowling. COST: between $40 and $100.
3. Dish Towel: Used to wipe moisture and grass off the bowls when the greens are wet. COST: $2.00
4. Suncsreen: An absolute must when bowling in the sun. COST: $8.00 to $12.00 per tube.
5. Sun visor or hat: All kinds of hats can be been on the greens including Stetsons and basaeball caps. Here's your chance to express yourself! COST: $15.00 to $100.
6. Sunglasses: Get the best you can. They're worth it. COST: $12.00 to $100 and up.
7. A Measure:These handy little devices are used to measure the distance between bowls and the jack to determine who has won. This will not be needed when you are just getting started. COST: $30 to $45.
8. Bowling Bag: To carry you bowls, sunscreen, etc. COST: $45 to $150.
9. Chalk: To mark bowls that have touched the jack. COST: $0.50. Spray chalk is also available for around $6.95 per tube.
That's about it! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
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