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Learning How To Play Lawn Bowls
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Anyone and everyone can learn to play lawn bowls, all you need is to have access to some bowls and these are usually readily available at any bowling club if you apporoach them with the idea of playing bowls. Indeed, many clubs have special 'Family' days or 'Come Have A Try' day where they encourage members of the public to try their hand at learning to play bowls.

Nearly all Bowling Clubs are on the look our for new members and you will be welcomed with open arms, young and old alike. There are many young people playing bowls now, and there is a National Schools Tournament held especially for school students. Learning how to play Lawn Bowls is all of the following, fun, enjoyable, frustrating and exhilarating and remains so no matter how many years you play the game.

Every member of a club will have their own ideas on how to play Lawn Bowls and will give plenty of advice on the matter, and while helpful, it is best to take advise from the club coach, he/she will know the best approach to the game.

There are many and varied types of Lawn Bowls and just as many varied ideas and discussions on which is the best bowl to play with. Each bowl has a 'Bias' as well as a 'Trajectory', the bias giving the bowl its' turning ability, the trajectory its' line and type of turn. The idea is to roll the bowl up and get it to stop as close to the 'Jack' or 'Kitty' as possible. This may look easy but is in fact quite difficult, and when one is having what is termed a 'bad day', it sometimes seems nigh on impossible. However, as wtih anything you undertake, you only get out as much as you put in and so practise, practise, practise becomes the mantra.

Lawn Bowls come in sets of four and these days they are very colourful. Brown and Black bowls are still readily available, but the range of coloured bowls is extensive and very popular, especially among the younger players.

In New Zealand the surface of the bowling green is a special type of weed which gives a lovely even surface on which to play lawn bowls, and everyone MUST wear smooth soled shoes to be allowed to play on these greens. There are also artificial on which lawn bowls are played in the winter and for these, ordinary sports type shoes are acceptable as footwear. While white clothing is the norm for playing in tournaments etc., most clubs now have their own 'uniform' type clothing which usually consists of cloourful tops with white or plain coloured trou.

Once you have joined a club you become known as a 'Junior' player for the first 5 years. This causes some amusement if you happen to already be somewhat advanced in senior years, but clubs nurure their junior players well, as they are the future of their club, and there are quite a few privilages and advantages given to juniors.

If you have ever thought about learning to play Lawn Bowls, I would urge you to approach a bowling club - they are always a friendly bunch - and get out there to enjoy yourself and make new friends.


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