picture on front cover/dust jacket
Title The Modern Approach to Bowls
Author Frank Soars
Publisher Wolfe Publishing Ltd, London
First published 1970
SBN 72340135-7
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
22.2 x 18.2
Number of pages 141
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 17 13
Synopsis 'The game of bowls is undergoing some dramatic changes - so much so, that the majority of players throughout the world, including some near-champions, have unwittingly fallen back into the class of beginners . . . It would not surprise me if in the not too distant future Australia's top players were in their late twenties or early thirties . . . Confidence in attack and unflagging concentration - that is the basis of the modern aggressive approach to bowls . . . Some coaches will throw up their hands at my theories, but I - and other modern approach bowlers - have proved them successful . . . Let's discard the old ideas!'

These quotes from his book are typical of Master Champion Frank Soars' approach to bowls. He is the dynamic leader of the new era in modern bowls, and his aggressive tactics and confident approach have won him the respect of tournament bowlers throughout Australia.

In this book he aims to show both men and women bowlers how to lift their game. Every aspect of the game is covered: equipment - the care and choice of bowls; basic technique - grip, stance, the delivery, finding the right green; shot-making - from draw to drive; matchplay tactics - a chapter introducing many controversial new theories, particularly on the art of singles; lady bowlers; the International Bowling Board Laws of Bowls and the Australian Laws of Bowls presented in their most up-to-date form. There are 89 excellent black and white photographs, including action shots demonstrating the forehand draw, the backhand draw, the drive and throwing the jack, and a sequence of 10 photographs illustrating the author's approach to the art of singles.

The bowls scene is changing rapidly, so The Modern Approach to Bowls is a book that no bowler can afford to be without. Readers will find themselves 'Up to the head and up with the era of modern bowls'.