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New page about Crown Green Bowls Grip

I just published a new page in the Delivery section, all about the types of Grip used in Crown Green Bowls.

Claw Grip. Note that the bowl sits further forward on the fingers, the thumb rests on top of the bowl, and the fingers are spread wider underneath the bowl.

Hope you find it useful.

As always I welcome comments, so if you have anything to add please let me know.


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The Science of Bias

The description of Bias written in the How to Play page is the simplest way I can think to explain it.

If you are new to the game is probably worth reading no further in this article until you have read that description and understood about Bias, Peg and Bias Strength as a whole. If these are known to you already, please read on and leave your comments. I would value your opinion.

The matter of Bias is actually quite complex. Articles have been written by manufacturers to try and explain it, but Bias appears to have been developed over the centuries that the game has been played. Originally when all Bowls were hand carved from wood of different densities, the consistency of Bias between Bowls was impossible.

As documented in the main Page, the shape of the Bowl or Jack causes it’s Bias. By removing material (wood/plastic) from one side, the centre of gravity of the Bowl/Jack is moved towards the other side. The further the centre of gravity is moved, the more the Bowl/Jack will turn as it rolls. Therefore 2-full, 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 Bias Bowls have different physical profilesmid you look at them from the end.

The Bias strength of 2-full was nominally chosen in the past as the standard just because ‘it fitted best’. It was not scientifically chosen in any way other than the association running the game felt it worked best. It was surprising to find then that with modern computer driven manufacturing processes, the definition of a standard Bowl 2-full Bias is still not documented! Interestingly the Jack 2-full Bias is documented, but it is not openly published and each manufacturer creates their own machined profile to meet the standard.

None of the manufacturers could tell me where a 2-full Bias Jack or Bowl would finish if it were to be rolled on a perfectly flat surface over a 19 metre distance*. I am therefore not convinced that a 2-full Bowl manufactured by different companies would finish in the same place, and some variety must exist between manufacturers. This is why I recommend that you try Bowls from different manufacturers to see which one you feel most comfortable with. This approach is backed up by the knowledge that the ‘footprint’ (surface area of the Bowl that actually touches the ground) differs between manufacturers. The footprint affects the way a Bowl performs on the Green.

I hope to actually all this at some point in the future, and am hoping to visit a manufacturers’ factory to use one of their testing tables. I suppose this information may actually turn out to be irrelevant as these conditions would never exist in a real-life bowls situation. I can find no scientific test results on this subject and the manufacturers do not believe this research exists in the public domain.

* This is the minimum distance that an End should be, according to the Rules of the Game.

I would like to thank the following Bowls manufacturers for their help in supplying information in the writing of this article about Bias:

Stevens.  Andrew Stevens.
Thurston/Drake’s Pride. Peter Clare.
Taylor’s. Graeme Wilson.

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Where to learn to play Crown Green Bowls

We will let you know where to learn to play.

We are currently collating all formal coaching sessions, club open days, taster sessions and friendly club get togethers across the UK

All this can only happen with the assistance of the following:

  • You. Please let us know you want to play, and where you are based. We will sniff out the local venues to help.
  • Individual bowls clubs.
  • Each county’s bowls league organisations.
  • Local councils and their community sports organisations.
  • The national and regional coaching organisations.
  • The national British Crown Green Bowls Association.

So, let us know now if you know of anywhere running bowls sessions for beginners, and please contact us if you want to learn to play.


Are you dreaming of crown green?

It’s early 2012. Its snowing as I write this, and the last thing on any sane person’s mind would be bowling. But then I’m a Crown Green Bowler, so I’m neither fully sane, nor thinking about snow. I’m thinking about bowling.

No doubt that will seem weird to you, but then you’ve probably not yet played bowls. You won’t know why crown green is different from (and better than) lawn bowls. More on that in the future.

For now, just understand that this year will be the year that you decide to give bowling a try for the first time. And you’ll love it. And you’ll want to play again and again and again. Come February 2013 you’ll be itching to go bowling. In the snow if necessary. And you’ll realise why I typed this.

So, read on. Follow me on Twitter, or just leave me a comment. And sit back and enjoy the snow. Be patient, you’re time will come.