West Byfleet Bowls Club - Beginners

Beginner's Guide to Bowls - Basics

Bowls is truly a ‘Sport for All', as well being as a great form of exercise activity and a way of meeting new people.

You can learn to play the fundamentals of bowls in a day. Playing the game well requires concentration, determination and practice. The game gives you fun and occasional frustration but is overall proven to be good for your general health.

Bowls is not just a skilled sport it presents an ideal opportunity for meeting new people in a Club setting. The sport of bowls also represents good economic value in comparison with other sports. After an initial spend on equipment which have a long life usage, annual club membership fees are the main ongoing cost.

Interested - Whats next?  

All you need to try out the game are a flat soled pair of shoes. Then with eye and arm coordination,taught by our trained coaches, you are ready to go. We also have spare bowls to start you off in practice sessions.New players  are supported by tuition from our experienced registered coaches.

Bowls Basics

The game is played on a standard square of closely cut grass called 'the green' which is 34-40m long. This is divided into six playing areas called rinks. The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green, and a bank upon which markers indicate the corners and centrelines of each rink.

After a coin toss, the first bowler(the lead) places the mat and rolls the small white ball jack to the other end of the green as a target. The jack must travel at least 23m and when it comes to rest, it is moved to the centre of the rink. Players take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards the jack at the other end. The bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. To be successful the bowl must be delivered with the correct weight, along the correct weight line.

The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents on each end - one point is scored for each counting bowl. Bowls reaching the ditch are removed from play. However, if they touch the jack before heading into the ditch they remain 'alive' and in play. If the jack is knocked into ditch it remains 'alive' unless it is out of bounds to the side of the rink.This is called a 'dead' end and is replayed.

After all the bowls have been delivered and scored the direction of play is reversed. The end of an end.

There are many different formats to the game, but the most common in England are singles or in teams of pairs, triples or fours. In singles, the winner is the first to score 21 points. In the other three formats, the winner is the team that scores the most points over a set number of ends.

Want to hear more about bowls?

Then please contact Colin Bater, our President on 01932 402001 for more information about getting started.