The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Lawn Bowl

A definitive manual for picking a yard bowl.

Choosing a yard bowl is an extremely individual thing and there are various components to consider while picking a bowl. There are currently more than 30 distinct models accessible in the UK, each with an alternate predisposition, in eight sizes (00-6), four weights (medium, medium substantial, overwhelming and additional substantial), with no less than six unique sorts of grasp, also the huge swath of hues. Maybe obviously, the quantity of bowlers who are playing with the wrong size or get lost before they even begin is significant.

Ideally underneath I’ve addressed a few, if not the greater part of your inquiries, which will empower you to settle on an educated decision about which set of dishes will suit you best.


In all trustworthiness the brand is the minimum vital factor when purchasing an arrangement of dishes. Regularly club players will contend the benefits of one make over another. Actually the greater part of the dishes makers create an extensive variety of good quality items which adjust to standard set around World Bowls and relatively every bowler will have the capacity to locate the correct bowl for them.

Most settled bowlers will have an individual inclination which regularly comes to fruition by experimenting with various bowls either by having a run with a clubmate’s or at their nearby bowls retailer. Picking a specific model will rely upon what suits you best – whether you mean to play inside and outside or you need a bowl particularly for speedier indoor greens.

There are a few producers of grass bowls in the UK. The models are appeared in sections.

• Taylor Bowls (Lazer, Vector VS, Blaze, Ace, International, Legacy SL, Lignoid)

• Henselite (Dreamline, Tiger II, Classic II, Tiger, Classic)

• Drakes Pride (Advantage, Fineline, Professional, Jazz)

• Almark (Sterling Gold, Sterling Slim-Line, Arrow)


Measuring your bowl is maybe the most vital part of choosing a yard bowl. Fail to understand the situation and you’ll either be hitting the contrary managing an account with a crash or dropping it at your feet. As a guide, most men will play with a bowl between the sizes of 3 and 5, with 3 being the littler bowl of the two. Women will for the most part play with bowls in the vicinity of 00 and 2 in measure, again with 00 being the littler of the two.

The most well known strategy for figuring out which measure is best for you is to utilize the two hands to traverse your center fingers and thumb around the running surface (the smooth territory around the focal point of the bowl with the goal that your thumbs contact at the base of the bowl and your center fingers meet at the best to frame a circle. On the off chance that you can accomplish this without a lot of a hole at the highest point of the bowl this will most likely be the right size of bowl for you.

In any case, I would suggest attempting maybe a couple different strategies notwithstanding guarantee that you have the correct size. Take the bowl most suited to you utilizing the past technique and two further bowls – one a size underneath and the other a size above. Taking each bowl thus, hold it as though going to convey – with it sitting agreeable in the palm of your hand (contingent upon your inclination) and your fingers put in the grasps – swing your arm forward and in reverse. On the off chance that you feel like the bowl may come slamming down then it is clearly too huge yet in the event that you can keep up a firm and easily hold then this is another tick in the crate.

In conclusion, I would request that the bowler extend their arm before them, holding the bowl topsy turvy. On the off chance that following 30 seconds your arm starts to throb or shake, it is presumably too enormous for you. Assuming be that as it may, you keep up a firm and agreeable grasp, this will affirm this is more than likely the right size of bowl for you. You may even jump at the chance to attempt similar schedules with the following size up to guarantee that you’re not playing with a bowl that is too little – you ought to dependably play with the biggest and heaviest bowl that you’re ready to serenely convey and control.


As a rule there are two weights – medium and overwhelming – albeit a few producers do offer medium substantial and additional substantial as choices. The heaviness of a bowl is shown by the number and letter in favor of the bowl, i.e. 3H is a size three bowl with a substantial weight, 2M is a size two with a medium weight. In the UK many bowlers claim two sets – a heavyweight set for the speedier indoor surfaces and a medium weight set for the slower open air greens.

The distinction in weight ought to be considered nearby the span of the bowl as far as what occurs amid a match. A heavier bowl surely has its points of interest as it will have more energy and will probably persevere in the head. On the off chance that it’s agreeable for the bowler to hold and convey I would dependably suggest purchasing a heavier bowl regardless of what measure they have picked.

Indoor or outside?

In the event that you for the most part play inside, at that point I would prescribe a bowl with a smaller predisposition, for example, a Taylor Lazer, Vector VS or Blaze, a Henselite Classic II or Tiger Pro or a Drakes Pride Fineline or Advantage. Else you could wind up going for the furthest end of the following arena all together for the bowl to swing back to the head.

Except if obviously you’re a sure bowler, lean toward a more extensive predisposition or play at the back end, in which case you may likewise consider a Taylor Ace or International, a Henselite Tiger or Tiger II or a Drakes Pride Professional or Jazz.

In case you’re a hardier breed and spend your mid year getting a charge out of the joys of the British summer then the predisposition of the bowl is less critical except if you play at number three or skip when you may need to arrange your way around alternate dishes.


Picking the inclination of your bowl generally relies upon whether you are an indoor or outside bowler and what position you play in sets, triples or fours (arenas). On the off chance that you to a great extent play inside then I would suggest a smaller predisposition. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you bowl outside a more extensive inclination is probably going to suit your necessities.

In case you’re simply beginning in the amusement I would encourage you to begin with a bowl with a tight to medium predisposition as you will presumably be requested to play at number maybe a couple where your essential undertaking is to get as near the jack as could be expected under the circumstances. Playing in these positions will likewise give you a chance to discover your line and weight.

Dishes with a limited to medium predisposition (best for indoor) include:

• Taylor Bowls (Lazer, Vector VS, Blaze, Ace)

• Henselite (Dreamline, Tiger II, Classic II)

• Drakes Pride (Advantage, Fineline, Professional)

• Almark (Arrow, Sterling Slimline)

Dishes with a medium to wide predisposition (best for outside) include:

• Taylor Bowls (Ace, International, Legacy SL, Lignoid)

• Henselite (Classic II, Classic, Tiger)

• Drakes Pride (Professional, Jazz)

• Almark (Sterling Slimline, Sterling Gold)

By and large, an indoor bowl is intended to have a much smaller predisposition, while an open air bowl as a rule has much too wide a swing for utilize inside and can be hard to control. When I say indoor dishes I am not alluding to short tangle bowls – you could escape with utilizing your indoor or open air bowls in a session of short tangle yet there are bowls composed particularly for this configuration of the diversion – Stevens and Drakes Pride being the better known.

In the event that you seek Google Images utilizing the terms taylor inclination outline, henselite predisposition diagram, drakes pride predisposition graph and almark inclination diagram you will discover an outline which delineates the inclination (the lines which the dishes take) of each bowl in the producer’s scope of dishes.


Grasps are the indented rings or spaces around the sides of the bowl that offer some place to put your thumb and fingers while conveying. These give a more secure grasp and better control, especially in cool and wet or hot, sweat-soaked conditions. In the event that you for the most part bowl inside then the holds are less critical.

There are different sorts of hold (profound dimple, shallow dimple, progrips, sickle grooves, vertical notches) accessible relying upon the producer and model, so I would propose experimenting with bowls with various grasps previously achieving a choice. Once more, on the off chance that you have a place with a club inquire as to whether you can have a move up with their dishes to show signs of improvement thought of what is more agreeable and suited to your style of knocking down some pins.


Initially all dishes were produced using hard lignum wood and were thusly darker in shading. At the point when arrangement bowls were presented they were constantly dark. Today, bowls are accessible in very nearly 50 hues, shades and designs and despite the fact that they are somewhat more costly the hole in cost is narrowing. The shade of your dishes is an absolutely individual decision.


Another arrangement of dishes will cost amongst £160 and £230, so except if the client is sure that they recognize what they need, we would dependably suggest that novices buy a second-hand set for amongst £30 and £120. These can frequently be acquired by means of your club noticeboard, a few retailers or on the other hand view Ebay where there is dependably a solid supply of second-hand bowls available to be purchased. For whatever length of time that they are not over 15 years of age (you can decide the age by looking at the oval or rectangular stamp in favor of the bowl – the producer’s 10-year ensure stamp) and no genuine scratches or gouges (minor surface scratches won’t influence execution) they will suit your motivation. What’s more, should you in this way choose to change your dishes, a second-hand set will just lose a small amount of its unique cost when you come to offer them on.

With such a significant number of dishes available, I would dependably recommend looking for counsel from an expert dishes retailer and if conceivable ask whether you may have the capacity to attempt the model you wish to buy. Now and then bowls shops based inside indoor fields hold tests that can be attempted.

At last, whatever dishes you pick they’ll just ever be comparable to the player. Dishes can be the most fulfilling or baffling diversion. Multi day you’ll bowl the restriction off the green and the following you won’t get inside six feet of the jack. It can be as rankling as it is fulfilling.

An expansive piece of the amusement, in whatever forma