picture on front cover
Title 4 Steps to Success in Lawn Bowls:
Step 2 - Technical Excellence
Author Stephen Forrest
Publisher Strobe Sports, Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
First published 2011
ISBN 978-0-9734743-1-2
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback; wire bound
List price C$12.00 - part of the proceeds from each copy purchased will be donated to the Junior Bowls Programmes in British Columbia
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
21.6 x 14.1
Number of pages 80
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
10 0 30
Availability Payment by PayPal online at Strobe Sports, Stephen's company
Synopsis Stephen Forrest, the author, was the 1989 Canadian Singles Champion, a member of the 1992 Canadian Fours championship winning team and since 1993 has presented competitive bowls training seminars. From 2011 he has been the presenter of the 4 Steps to Success in Lawn Bowls Seminars for the Bowls British Columbia Player Development Programme - a 2-day interactive course on competitive lawn bowls. The curriculum for the 4 Steps programmme is based on a series of four books, the second of which is reviewed here. Uniquely, the series is being made available in both English and English/Chinese versions to cater for the large population of Chinese in Canada, especially in British Columbia where 10% of bowlers are Chinese. E-book versions are also being prepared.

Step 2 - Technical Excellence describes a comprehensive structured training programme that emphasises the need to practise with purpose and a positive attitude. Stephen maintains that proficiency with the following four different technical skills is the key to improvement and 'Winning Ways'.

  • The draw shot
  • The drive
  • Casting the jack
  • The controlled weight shot
The book includes 22 well illustrated practical exercises arranged in groups of three of increasing difficulty - all accompanied with practice scorecards.

Stephen has adopted a very practical approach in compiling this impressive series. Among its pages my fellow coaches will surely find inspiration and new ideas to bring to their training programmes and all bowlers wishing to progress will undoubtedly benefit from reading it.

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