First of all, if you would like to come along to the Club to just ‘have a look’, please feel free at any time. You’ll find the club in use most evenings or weekend afternoons, and there is plenty of seating around the green for spectators.
If you want to try your hand at bowls, you’ll need to be accompanied by a full bowling member.
New bowlers are encouraged to take advantage of free coaching, and you’ll always find other bowlers prepared to offer guidance and encouragement.
The best thing to do is speak to one of our bowlers, who should be able to arrange for you to have an introductory session with a club coach. Bowls, overshoes, mats and jacks are available for beginner bowlers to use.
The Club usually holds an open day in May, and this can be an ideal opportunity to try the game and take a look around the Club. New members are welcome at any time, but don’t leave it too late – remember our playing season comes to an end by early September.
What will I need?
If you decide to start playing bowls, you will need some clothing to begin with:
For friendly games, you will need white clothing – white trousers or skirt, white shirt or blouse, a Club tie, and other white clothing as required, depending on the weather! For certain other games, grey trousers or skirts may be required.
You will also need to wear special flat-soled bowling shoes. Although slipovers are available for beginner sessions, it would be wise to borrow or purchase a proper pair of bowls shoes.
It’s probably not a good idea to purchase your own set of bowls immediately. The Club has plenty of differently-sized bowls for beginners to use, and it is wise to experiment to find the most suitable size. When you’re ready to buy your own woods, you may find suitable sets for sale second hand, either privately or in some bowls shops; or you can buy a new set for around £130 to £180.
Bowls come in matched sets of four. Various sizes, weights (and colours) are available, within certain limits. Each wood is shaped (not weighted) to make it follow a curved path. This is called the bias – and again the amount of bias must be within certain limits. Most bowlers will be happy to advise you on choice of bowls, but as personal preference plays a large part, expect some conflicting recommendations!