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Lawn Bowling Explained
Bowls is a wonderfully inclusive and welcoming sport, known for its strategic and enjoyable nature, making it accessible to everyone. Played on a flat grass surface, it shares similarities with the Italian game of Bocce and the French game Pétanque, yet it stands out with its distinctive playing surface, specialized biased bowls, and unique delivery method.
The concept of the game is simple and inviting: players, regardless of their skill level, release a set number of bowls towards a pre-rolled target called the ‘jack.’ The objective is to place the bowls closer to the jack than those of their opponents. After each round, scores are determined, and the game shifts direction, creating an engaging back-and-forth experience. The game’s dynamics include various formats, team compositions, and a set number of ends.
Bowls takes place on a smooth grass surface called a “green,” divided into welcoming lanes known as rinks.
Lawn bowls, the essential equipment, are large resin balls with a bias, following an elliptical path. Available in diverse sizes, weights, and colors, these bowls add an extra layer of enjoyment to the game.
Inclusive by nature, bowls encourages both offensive and defensive strategies, with an interesting twist – the jack can be displaced within the rink’s boundaries by the movement of any bowl.
What makes bowls truly special is its inclusivity, inviting individuals of all ages and skill levels to participate in this low-impact, enjoyable sport. From youth players to spirited competitions among 90-year-olds, the game embraces diversity.
Local clubs warmly welcome newcomers, providing all the necessary equipment. So, why not roll into the world of bowls and experience the joy of this safe, inclusive, and welcoming sport?  




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