|Beginners Guide to Outdoor Lawn Bowls|
Bowls is the ultimate sport for all, a genuine sport for life. It is completely inclusive and accessible regardless of gender or age.
Anyone can play, but to be the best requires skill, mental strength, resolve and powers of endurance. No sport is easier to learn, but to achieve any sort of mastery demands determination, concentration and practice.
Bowling clubs are at the heart of almost every community in Scotland. Club membership is inexpensive compared with most other sports, but for those who want to sample the game without making the commitment of joining a club there are pay to play facilities in public parks all over the country.
The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green, behind which is a bank on which markers are placed to indicate the boundaries of each rink and the centreline.
Players deliver their bowls from a mat placed on the rink by the bowler whose turn it is to deliver the jack. The jack is a small white ball which is the target. Both the mat and the jack must be placed on the centreline.
Bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents with one point scored for each counting shot after each "end" has been completed.
There is a wide array of formats. Matches are most commonly played by singles or teams of pairs, triples and fours. The number of bowls each player delivers varies according to the competition.
Traditionally matches have been played to one single score, commonly 21 shots, or over a specified number of ends, however increasingly there is a trend towards playing matches in sets.