soled shoes that have no
separation between the front sole and heel (flat from toe to heel)
- Either have no tread or a shallow tread pattern (or grooves) less than a ¼ inch deep
- Any color
| Regular Bowling
| Club Competitions & Visitations
- Shirts - club color (banana yellow) or white
- Slacks or shorts - light color or white
| Personal Protection|
- insect repellent
- bottled water
| Small towel
- used to dry off bowls dampened by dew or rain
- used by vice skip - as an aid to segregate counted bowls
|Additional equipment used by
- skip and vice-skip
Lawn Bowls - Borrowing
North Delta Lawn Bowling Club maintains a cupboard of 'club bowls' which may be borrowed for daily
play. Preference for bowls selection given to new bowlers on a first
come, first serve basis. Charges are as follows:
- persons learning to bowl - no charge
- NDLBC members who are novice bowlers or 1st year bowlers - no charge
- NDLBC members who have played for more than one year - Fee $2 per day
Lawn Bowls - Purchasing
Eventually you may want to buy a set of bowls. The first decision will be to buy new or used bowls. Most bowlers will start with used
What is the size range for lawn bowls?
- measure between 116 millimetres and 134 millimetres across at their widest points; and
- weigh up to 1.59 kilograms.
There are variations in the design and materials used to manufacture bowls, therefore the following table is meant as an approximate guideline.
| Bowls Size|| Size - Inches|| Size - Millimeters|| Approx Weight - Pounds|| Approx Weight - Kilograms|
|00||4 9/16"|| 116 mm|| 2 lb 14 oz|| 1.31 kg|
| 0 || 4 5/8" || 117 mm|| 2 lb 15 oz|| 1.33 kg|
|1||4 3/4'|| 121 mm|| 3 lb 1 oz|| 1.37 kg|
|2|| 4 13/16"|| 122 mm|| 3 lb 1 oz|| 1.39 kg|
|3|| 4 7/8"|| 124 mm|| 3 lb 1 3/4 oz|| 1.41 kg|
|4|| 4 15/16"|| 125 mm|| 3 lb 2 3/4 oz|| 1.44 kg|
|5||5" || 127 mm|| 3 lb 4 1/2 oz|| 1.50 kg|
|6||5 1/16" || 129 mm|| 3 lb 5 3/4 oz|| 1.53 kg|
|7||5 1/8" || 131 mm|| 3 lb 6 3/4 oz|| 1.56 kg|
What size bowls should I purchase?
- men is size 3 to a size 5.
- Ladies size is a size 0 to size 2.
Methods for selecting the correct size of bowl:
- wrap your hands around the widest running surface of a bowl so
that the middle fingers touch at the bottom. The bowl fits your hand if your thumbs just touch at the top without overlapping. If, when bowling, the bowl slips out of
your hand or the bowl drops onto the grass then you should move down in
size until you are comfortably in control of your bowls
- grasp the bowl in your normal 'claw grip' then
your arm to arms length, at this point invert your hand. The bowl
should feel comfortable in your hand and not slip, your arm is relaxed. You should play with the largest bowl you can execute this exercise with.
Do all bowls have the same bias?
No - Bowls manufacturers design a range of bowls to meet performance requirements on different greens. The Henselite
website provides an excellent outline describing how their line of bowls perform on various greens.
What does the date stamp mean?
The World Bowls Stamp was introduced in 2002.A current stamp is a requirement for the bowls to be valid for use in
major competitions under the control of World Bowls.
- Law 8.2 states that for domestic play, Member National Authorities can decide the requirements for re-testing and re-stamping bowls. Bowls Canada Boulingrin is the Canadian National Authority. Conditions of Play for the various Canadian National Championships indicate bowls inspections will be performed. Examples include:
the Canadian Junior Championships bowl and shoe inspections shall be conducted
prior to each game.
the Majors a bowl and shoe inspection shall be staged prior to the start of the
Bowls requires that licensed manufacturers and licensed testers put the
registered 'World Bowls Stamp ' either on the small end or between the
inner and outer rings of the bowl.
In the following video Mark Hensell, Production Manager for Henselite, is interviewed regarding the
standards for the manufacture of lawn bowls. The procedure for testing bowls is covered.
Where can I buy used bowls?
potential sources for used lawn bowls include:
Where can I buy new bowls?