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Title Think and Play Better Bowls
Authors Mark de Lacy with Peter Belliss
Publisher HarperCollinsPublishers (New Zealand) Limited, Auckland, New Zealand
First published 1992
ISBN 1-86950-305-8
Edition reviewed 2nd (published 1999)
Hardback/softback Softback
List price $A35.00
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
23.3 x 15.3
Number of pages 192
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  12 None 29
Synopsis This book has been superseded by Perfect Bowls - a revised and updated version published in 2007.

What makes the difference between a top lawn bowler and an also-ran? It can't be physique, because bowls isn't a physical game: anyone - weak or strong, big or little, old or young - can play it.

In Think and Play Better Bowls, Mark de Lacy and double world champion Peter Belliss reveal why bowls is almost entirely a mind game - and then they tell you how to develop your mind so that you can't help but win. 'It's all in the way you think,' they say.

In a clear, no-nonsense style, this book shows how you, too, can harness the power of your mind to win at bowls. You will learn how to:

  • Set short-term, intermediate and long-term goals
  • Create a programme to guide you to your ultimate goal
  • Foster positive statements that make you believe in your ability
  • Develop alternative strategies for approaching difficult heads
  • Visualise a scoring bowl before you play it
  • Structure training sessions to correct specific problems
  • Exploit windy conditions and poor green surfaces
  • Deal with cheats and chatterboxes

Whether you want to beat your arch-rival, win your first club title, or gain national honours, this book tells you how, by thinking the right way, you can become the best bowler you could possibly be.

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