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Best Bowls For Beginners

I've spent a long time looking around the internet for some good solid advice on what to consider when buying your first set of bowls. I was going to write my own view but have decided to pull together a few links that I think will help new and existing bowlers alike. The first thing to consider is what size bowl you need. Here is a rough guide based on what I coach on our Open Days:

  1. When trying out different sizes try wrapping both hands around the central part of the running surface, so that your thumbs are touching. If the bowl is the right size your middle fingers will be either just touching, or be close too.
  2. Hold the bowl as if you were about to deliver it. Swing your arm back, then forward. If you are unable to maintain your grip comfortably, then the bowl is likely too big
  3. Lastly, hold the bowl out in front of you with your palm pointing to the ground and your forearm as close to horizontal as you can manage, You should be able to hold onto the bowl for a good 20-30 seconds without feeling you're going to drop it.

The next thing is about what bias you need. This is where the following links may help you:

Lawn Bowls Bias Guide And Trajectory Charts | A Helpful Illustrated Guide – Jack High Bowls

Best Lawn Bowls For Beginners | Providing expert guides on the basics of the rules and equipment on a variety of sports - to get you playing and enjoying sport today. (

Best Lawn Bowls For Beginners – Jack High Bowls


Both these sites are a good source of basic information and guidance to new bowlers.


If you want any advice from me then please feel free to contact me.


Tony Hutchings