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Title Successful Lawn Bowls
Authors John Dobbie and Wal Davies
Publisher J M Dent Pty Limited, Melbourne, Australia
First published 1977
ISBN 0-86770-023-8
Edition reviewed 2nd (published 1983)
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
28.5 x 20.4
Number of pages 80
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 53 23
Synopsis Successful Lawn Bowls - From Beginner to Expert in Forty Lessons, to give the book its full title, contains 40 comprehensive lessons which cover every detail of the game, instructing both the beginner who is interested in learning about the sport and the enthusiastic, experienced bowler determined to improve his game.

The authors discuss the choice of bowls, dress and accessories in a way that will help the new bowler equip himself sensibly and comfortably for the green. The object of the game is outlined and there is an explanation of the method of scoring. The lucid treatment of these topics will give every new lawn bowler enough information and confidence to take his place on the rink with ease.

Later lessons acknowledge the importance of the basic shot - the draw - to the development of any bowler's game. Each stage in the delivery of the draw is analysed, from the effect of the biased nature of the bowl to the correct method of determining the angle of delivery and the techniques of increasing and diminishing pace. All the different forms of the game are described, together with a detailed consideration of the tactics of play in singles, pairs, triples and fours.

The text is clearly illustrated with Colin Holford's excellent line drawings and there is a diagrammatic bowl-by-bowl account of play in singles and fours.

The photographs have been chosen to demonstrate the styles of today's world champions. They capture the vigour and excitement of local and international competition and include a dramatic selection from the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

Successful Lawn Bowls was used by the English Bowls Coaching Scheme* in its production of a national coaching syllabus and has proved popular and useful in improving the standard of play.

Also by Wal Davies: *Now known as the English Bowls Coaches Society