Bowling Instruction - Terms and Videos
- Green - the overall playing surface
- Rink - the part of the green on which each game is played
- Mat - the small mat (36 cm by 60 cm) that must be contacted by at least one foot when delivering a bowl
- Groundsheet - the large mat that is regularly used to protect the grass during the delivery
- Jack - a small solid ball rolled down the green as a target
- Head - the group of bowls that have come to rest and are in play
- Bowl - an almost round ball of different sizes and weights
- Bias – the "almost round" part of a bowl that causes it to travel a curved path
- Emblem (large and small) - used to determine the bias direction of the bowl
- Forehand - for the right-handed player, the bowl is delivered so that the curve of the bowl is from right to left
- Backhand - for the right-handed player, the bowl is delivered so that the curve of the bowl is from left to right
- Weight - the speed of the bowl as it is delivered
- Toucher - a bowl which has contacted the jack and is "chalked" to indicate this status
- Back Bowl - a bowl that has come to rest beyond the jack or the main body of bowls in the head
- Measure - device used to determine which bowl is nearest the jack.
- Skip - the person who directs play for the team
- Vice - directs the play when the skip is on the mat and also measures the bowls in the head when required
- Lead - the first player on the team
Bowling Instructional Videos
This video is an introduction to the game of lawn bowls.
This video explains the rules of lawn bowls.
If you would like to learn more about the procedures and rules for lawn bowling or if you have heard a lawn bowling term being used and you are not sure what it means take a look at this Scottish club's webpage.
The videos below explain key aspects about playing the game of bowls.