How Far Do You Walk in a Game of Lawn Bowls?

  • By: Jack Toucher
  • Date: June 9, 2023

One does not walk as far as one might think in lawn bowls.

A bowling green is usually square and measures from 31m to 40m across, including the ditches. The area in which the bowlers walk is typically about 28m, so in a game of 15 ends the players will cross the green 15 times, which amounts to 420m or nearly half a kilometre. Thirds in a game of fours will walk twice as far because they cross the green twice per end.

How far must the jack travel in lawn bowls?

The distance between the mat and the jack must be at least 23m once the Lead has delivered the bowl. If the distance is shorter than that, the lead’s Skip returns the jack to the Lead, who hands it over to the opposing Lead to deliver.

The opposing Lead may move the mat if his Skip requires that. If the distance between the mat and the jack is still too short, then the jack is placed on the two metre mark. The original lead then delivers the first bowl. If there is any dispute about the jack’s distance from the mat, an umpire uses a “long measure” to ensure that the jack is far enough from the mat i.e. 23 m.

How long does a game of lawn bowls go for?

An afternoon of social bowls usually takes two and a half hours to complete, including a break for a cup of tea. One end generally takes 7 or 8 minutes to play, so bowlers can easily work out that a 15-end game will take 15 x 8 minutes = 120 minutes, for instance. Add a bit of time for a tea break and that comes to two and a half hours.

Where do you aim in lawn bowls?

Lawn bowls have a “bias” on them, meaning that the shape is such that the bowl curves to one side when delivered. Therefore one should not aim straight for the jack when playing a bowl. Instead aim roughly for the rink peg on the bank (usually a little white pole) so that you allow for the resultant curve of the bowl. After a couple of ends you will be able to figure out how far to adjust the “line”, i.e. aiming slightly inside or outside the peg.

Why do my lawn bowls wobble?

The likely reason that your lawn bowls wobble is because the little finger on your bowling hand is interfering with the smooth delivery of the bowl. Make sure that the bowl lies in your delivery hand so that the running edge is roughly in line with your middle finger with your thumb resting easily on or near the dimples. Make sure your pinkie finger is out of the way.

Now get in the habit of keeping your little finger out of the way and this will go far to preventing your bowl wobbling.

The wobbling action of the bowl as it travels down the green is also referred to as a “pineapple”.