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Title Guide to Improving
Compiling body English Bowls Coaching Scheme*
Publisher English Bowls Coaching Scheme*, England
First published 2007
ISBN 0-9553990-3-3
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price £4.00 (includes p&p)
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
21.0 x 14.7
Number of pages 30
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  8 None None
Synopsis Guide to Improving is one of the booklets in the English Bowls Coaching Scheme's* excellent series of four (see links to the other three below) and is the only title on this site to deal solely with the area of improvement.

The eight pages of photographs comprise a head of bowls being sequentially built up in a rinks game with the same question being asked on each page: "What shot would you play?" The last page shows the result of the skip's final shot with post-match analysis.

The following is an edited version of the text of the book which consists of a series of sections with sub-headings:

  • Self-analysis
  • Practice
  • Draw: Controlled weight - taking a wood out; Firing/driving; The reason for choosing to fire; Shot selection
  • Possible Areas in Need of Help
  • Ditching the jack regularly; Inconsistent line and length; Getting in a 'bowling groove'; Bumping the wood; Grip; Trial ends
  • Reading a Green
  • Indoor; Outdoor; Runs in a green; Thinking your way through singles, pairs, triples and rinks
  • Getting to Know 'What's Good for You'
  • How Do I Score My Own Game?
  • Lead; Number two; Number three; Skip
  • Setting Objectives for Yourself
  • Example of a Development Plan
  • Immediately; By end of season; Next year; Year two
  • The 'Scary Stuff'
  • Motivation; Stress; Watching your opponent; Concentration; Visualisation; Final objective

Overall, a first-class booklet for the improver and good value.

Details of how to purchase copies of this booklet may be found here.

Also by the English Bowls Coaching Scheme*:

*Now known as the English Bowls Coaches Society