Learn The Game!

Want to learn to play the game? Mosman Bowling Club has a unique guide right here online!  Please note that the playing instructions are for right-handed players.

Terminology – finding your way around the rinks!

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The basics of the game …

The object of the game is to deliver your bowls so that they finish closer to the jack than those of your opponents.

The Jack is a small white or yellow coloured ball.

Bowls are available in a number of sizes and weights. They have an inbuilt bias, which causes them to curve to one side as they slow down.

MOSBOW-JACK-lo 1. Delivering the jack.

The Jack is delivered along the centreline of the rink to establish a target towards which players deliver their bowls.

forehandFAST-lo2 2. Delivering the bowl – forehand.

To allow for the bias of a bowl, it is delivered on a line to the right of the rink centreline so that it curves in towards the jack.

backhandFAST-lo 3. Delivering the bowl – backhand.

To allow for the bias of a bowl, it is delivered on a line to the left of the rink centreline so that it curves in towards the jack

wind-lo-both2 4. Wind Effect

Wind has an effect on the course of the bowl as shown in the diagram. The forehand delivery has to be wider and the backhand narrower than deliveries made under calm conditions.