Approved Arms, Maker’s & Policy

Very Latest!! Click on this link from Bowls Aust (14 Mar ’19)

Latest Bowls Australia “Artificial Devices Policy”

(Any text (that an underline appears on) can be clicked on for full information, you may have to go to your downloads folder to read it)

New policy as from 1 May 2019.

5.1 Bowlers Arms
5.1.1 “Bowlers Arms” have been successfully introduced into the game to allow
persons with a physical restriction or impairment that would otherwise
prevent them from playing the game the opportunity to play, or continue to
play, bowls. There are various types of bowlers arms approved for use in
Australia. Each device is manufactured in several lengths and release mechanisms.
Only approved arms (with a BA logo as part of the National Merchandising
Program) can be used in Australia. Modifications are not permitted (with
exception to the rubber grip on the bottom of the arm which may need to
be replaced as it wears out.). For a list of approved bowlers arms refer to
the Bowls Australia website at
Assist/Approved-bowlers-arms. (This website currently not set up. Try but this also is not up to date: Editor ABA)
5.1.2 If a player is using a bowlers arm that is not approved, the player becomes a
defaulting player as per law C.2 and will forfeit the game as per law C.10.
5.1.3 A player may use any number of approved bowlers arms during trial ends for
suitability. Once a game has commenced, the designated brand or style of
bowlers arm chosen by the player must stay the same during the match.
5.1.4 Whenever a player commences using an approved bowlers arm in a game,
the player must use it for the remainder of that game. This does not apply to
the rolling of the jack, which can be rolled either by hand or by a bowlers arm.
5.1.5 A player cannot alter/change the brand or style of approved bowlers arm
during the course of a game except in such circumstances where the device is
rendered unplayable and in this instance, the player may change to another
approved brand or style of bowlers arm on approval by the umpire or
controlling body.
5.1.6 Challenge on appeal to an umpire regarding a bowlers arm could occur before
the trial ends or up to 10 minutes after a game (but not during the game) as
similar to law 52.4.3 and 52.4.4. 2.

“I guess this means that winning an Open Event now guarantees you a place in a State Side, and you will no longer be over looked because you use an arm?” Ed.

New Rule

Particular attention should be made of :

Page 4: 5.1.8 which states: “The bowlers arm once used in a game must be used for the remainder of the game, including rolling of the jack. (From the 1 May ’19 the jack can be rolled by hand or arm.)

It would be appreciated if this could be circulated to all those for which update this may now be extremely relevant eg. district and zone websites, pennant, championship and tournament C.O.P, club notice boards, bowling magazines and newsletters,  individual club members etc.

Sincere thanks to Allan Starrett for this advice.

Click here to read this great little poem by Peter Hemmens which amusingly and realistically sets out the pathway all “Armed Bowlers” must tread.

You can find Peter at the Belmont Bowls Club (Geelong, Vic.). Thanks Peter.

International Traveling Tip from Lee Wesley

“All bowling arms must be placed in our checked in baggage only as they can be broken and used as a weapon. The best way as Trevor has said is pack it in the middle of your clothes. The only other warning is just declare it as sporting goods when traveling international otherwise they will think it’s something really strange”

(Ed Note: I took one into a hospital to show someone…you should have seen the looks I got, I think they thought, I had a gun!)

Below are links to the 3 “approved” manufacturer’s that may assist you in your purchase and choice of Arm. Let me say, they are all there “to help”! Some have better websites than others, but don’t let that put you off searching and choosing according to “your” needs here. Have “yourself” assessed by a Coach! Choose the Arm that suits YOU!

Click here for the Bowls Australia approved Bowling Arms

The link above is current as at 21 Aug ’18. (Ed.)

Click here to view a list of stockists, State by State, provided by Bowls Aust.

The link above is current as at 30 Jun ’18. (Ed.)

“The Bowling Arm” – Made in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia by Greg Sherman

They also have a Facebook site Click Here

(Sometimes you have to scroll up on this site, and sometimes down….this is one of those “up” examples. Please go to the start of “The Bowling Arm” below.)

MORE LATEST COLOURS!!! 19 OCT. ’18. Click here.

Stardust and Shocked Yellow are going gang busters!

Latest Colours/latest video from Greg, Click here. 

AVAILABLE COLOURS:    Original Cream
BLUE RANGE: French Blue, Blaze Blue, Pommel Blue, Space Blue, Navy.
GREEN RANGE: Mistletoe, Classic Hawthorne Green.
RED RANGE: Signal Red, Flame Red, Wineberry, Claret.
YELLOW RANGE: Lemon Yellow, Safety Yellow, Orange.
OTHER RANGE: Dark Violet, Copper Pearl, Anodic Bronze Pearl, Transformer Grey.

The single arm below is a hold and release model (thumb release is also available). Two new colours have been added “Deep Pool” and “Pink” AND….a new innovation “Club Colours”, is also available.

How good is that! In all 18 colours to choose from.

Available in 4 sizes. The length of the arms, measured from the top of the ‘D’ handle to the bottom of the cup is as follows: Short – 585mm, Medium – 645mm, Long – 730mm (extra short is also available)

Click here for some Coaching and Maintenance tips. from their “Bowling Arm and Bowls Test Centre” site

The Bowling Arm Best


Greg Sherman Business Card


The Bowling Arm “can be delivered to your door” Just ring 03 54437133 or email

(Click here for the Drakes Pride UK Site)

The DHB Bowling Arm – Made and Designed in Australia – By Dean Winton and available from Hunter Bowls.

Click here for the Order form.

(Check your Downloads Folder, if you don’t see it immediately. That’s where it will be!)

Click here for the video on how to use the DHB Arm.

Check out their Website: or Email them at:

Showroom: Unit 9/8 Victoria Avenue Castle Hill NSW 2154 Sydney

PH: 02 9634 5888 FAX: 02 9634 5855
DHB for Site

Click here for a video on how to measure yourself for the correct sized DHB Bowling Arm

Arm shown is a hold and release model.

“The Bionic Bowling Arm” – Made and Designed in Australia.

Email Peter Bloomfield at

Click here for their site.

Bionic Arm

Available in left, right or centre push button release or hold & release.

1. Short – 60cm (For bowlers up to 5ft tall)
2. Medium – 65cm (For bowlers up to 6ft tall)
3. Long – 70cm (For bowlers over to 6ft tall)
4. Wheelchair – 50cm

Bee's_Knees_Bionic_BowlerThe Bionic ArmBionic Squeeze Trigger

“The Dart Release” – Currently Made and Designed in Australia.


A great starter, light and easy to use. Only available at the Resting Toucher, Victoria

Cost $195

To apply to use a Bowling Arm you need to download the Application Form relevant to your State, or ask your Club Secretary to arrange it for you.

The latest “Laws of the Game” for Armed Bowlers.

(Please note Bowlers must not “stop” using an arm, once they have used it in play.)

The relevant section of the BA Artificial Devices Policy will be amended as follows;
5.1.8 The bowlers arm once used in a game must be used for the remainder of the
game. This does not apply to the rolling of the jack, which can rolled either by
hand or by a bowlers arm.
This rule change is effective immediately.





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