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Schwarcz, West Pennant Hills B.C. NSW.

Comment: When are you having the championship. It is not shown on your web page?

A. I have nothing to do with the running of the National Bowlers Arm State Sides Championships! I only promote the event through my website, with information provided to me from other enthusiasts. The C’ships are on at East Maitland and “maybe” other Clubs in the area, Monday 10th – Thursday 13th September. I can only pass on to you “what I am aware of”, so my advice is, if you need more information, you should   contact Zone 10 or your State body Representative. If you find out more PLEASE let me know! (That’s how it works here.) Maybe an ABA follower will contribute an answer! That would be good. Cheers Pamela.

Rodney Brown, Q’ld.

Comment: Is it best to have narrow bowls with an bowling arm I am finding it hard to get the right line with normal median draw bowls what the best sizes in bowls I have been told 3 or 4’s are the best size hoping to here from you.
In my opinion, bias does not matter, you need to know the the line “your” bowl takes. Try putting a bowl down on the centre line (if the rink is true, and the pegs are moved often) see where it finishes, that is your aiming line, and at any distance or mat location the angle from the centre line (or imaginary centre line) should not change.  That’s a pretty good indication of where you should be looking, 8 feet out, half way etc.  You should not look to the BANK! Draw a line back, and bowl to a point 8-12 feet out….don’t look at the Jack when you deliver, just look at the aiming point, which you have just found. Easy peasy!

Most bowling arms were designed to hold a 3-4 sized bowl….so whoever pointed you in that direction, had it right. Most arms can be adjusted to hold larger or smaller bowls, my friend uses a ‘Bionic” with a size 0….no probs! Size depends on the injury you have.

I’m sure there are many options/considerations for you…..that’s just mine. Cheers Ed.

Let’s hope you get more answers! Cheers.

Q. J. Green, Mackay, Q’ld.  

Comment: I have to fly to Brisbane and I have a bowling arm people call the hacksaw are you aloud to carry it on as hand luggage I think it is to light to put under as they break to easy.

A. No, as I understand it, it should go in your stowed luggage, wrap it up. You need to ask this question at the airport, or before you travel.

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 travelling international otherwise they will think it’s something really strange”

P.S. J. Green, please let me know how you got on, with In State or Inter State travel? You could help us all out here, as it is a common question. Please get back to us!

(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!)

Writers Reply. Thanks for info looks like I will have to buy a bigger case!

Editor’s note:  Ain’t that grand, Bowls Aust “jumps to” as the Comm. Games integrate! Let’s hope Bowls Aust. “jumps on board” and does the same in Bowls. Integrate, Yeh!

Q. Pam Martin I’m wondering if our State Bowling Associations even know that events are held for Armed bowlers because if they do know then they certainly don’t appear to acknowledge or promote those events. Correct me if I’m wrong please.

A. Armed Bowlers Australia Hi Pam, if you look on the Bowls Aust. site for instance, at all the places you might expect to find out more about Armed Bowling, Blind Bowling, etc. at a National level you will find no mention of us in: National Events, Calendar of Events, Get Involved, or the Club Support index. At least 5 States have National Squads, they compete in Sept., the Blind Bowlers compete nationally and internationally as well. Not many dedicated bowlers or new to bowls bowlers know this, even tho’ it may become a necessary pathway for them one day. I suggest you look at each State and see If you can find any link to help an armed or blind bowler progress through the sport. Bowls Vic. does give us (Armers) a mention, but it is usually well out of date and lacks depth. The newest Arm “the dart release” has been around (approved) for about 10 months, but it rarely if ever rates a mention. They have one small photo of it on Bowls Aust. but the text accompanying the Four arms available still refers to “Three arms”. Three States did make attempts to set up websites to cater for their armed members. All were closed down! Mmmm. Cheers and thank you Pam for your interest. Pamela

Editor’s Comment on Cricket!

“Be humble in winning and gracious in defeat” and yeh, an Aussie Cricketer said that!

Seems this “Win at all Cost” arrogance snuck into BOWLS about the same time it snuck into cricket? Can you believe it!

My feeling is, and I say it to myself as well, let’s take a deep breathe and think about the sport and the men and women who have walked!!! It’s a game, why are we turning people away in hordes? You cannot buy a reputation, it has to be earned. So to those that sledge, intimidate or abuse their opposition, and can’t find it in themselves to offer the friendly “after game drink” with real intention, please, from now on, think about your actions and the affect they have on your reputation and the reputation of the sport. (Ed.)

From a Club, in Napier, New Zealand.
Do you have literature on history of armed bowlers. How long been going. Has it made a difference to numbers playing. Do you have coaching videos? Who runs armed bowlers. Who selects state teams and how many in that team. What formats used. What makes your programme so successful?

I am an accredited nosey coach who can’t understand why Bowls NZ haven’t followed your progress of tapping a new market. Hope you can find time to reply. Regards.

Ed. I did reply, but if you have any suggestions, I’m sure the writer would love to hear them. (Cheers Ed.)

Interesting comment from a fellow bowler, who didn’t know I was an armed bowler. (Ed.)

“I’ve never seen an armed bowler do better than they were before the arm, but some have clawed their way back to where they were.” Love it…that about sums it up!

Comment  from Carol Klop in response to Hans Gaymans thoughts below

  •  I agree totally with the writer that ALL bowlers should be allowed to use a bowling arm if they choose.

Comment from Hans Gaymans

  • “I have been giving the following issue a bit of thought.
    We have been bowling with arms now for many years and have copped plenty of critics how easy it is to use one of those things.
    I propose that the organisation starts negotiations to make bowling arms legal for all bowlers. This will stop any critics and they can find out for themselves that if you do not have an handicap of some sort it will not make you a better bowler.
    They forget that the person using an arm would have been a much better bowler without an bowling arm and no medical handicap. It is worth a discussion.”

Col. Griffin has sent this fictional story for your enjoyment (?)

“Lawn Bowls is Booming”, By Mango Chutney, © C.J. Griffin all rights reserved.
This is Fiction, or as Donald Trump Says: “Fake News”

“Lawn bowls is Booming”

The Bowls Authorities have created a new class of lawn bowls called “Ability” .

Bending to bowl is now optional.

“Ability” is becoming popular because bowls “delivery aids” like bowling arms, walking frames, wheelchairs, and gloves have been deregulated.

Lawn Bowls was on the decline but now it is booming, thanks to deregulation.

“Ability” is a non-discriminatory class of bowls where you can use any “aids or means” to deliver your bowl. The “aids or means of delivering your bowl” do not have to be approved, and you do not have to prove you are disabled to be an “Ability” bowler.

The Laws of Bowls still apply.


1. The integrity of the greens remain the responsibility of the bowls clubs .
2. If anyone damages a green then the club has the right to recover their costs.

Auto Release Bowling Arms.
The easiest way to learn to bowl.

Bowling arms have been difficult to get the point of release right, but now auto release arms make it easy.

Bowls comps can be
1. Classic
2. Ability
3. Open

For mixed games with Classic and Ability players it remains the same, teams are selected on merit.

If you have arthritis, crook backs, blind, deaf, mentally challenged, or coordination issues, then Ability Bowls is for you.

There is no need to be a couch potato anymore.

If age or injury has made you give up playing golf, tennis, football, netball, cricket, hockey, table tennis. rock climbing or motor sports then give the new BOOM sport a go: Ability Bowls.

The End
(All the above is the imaginative work of the author, it is fiction!)


From Jeff Gilmour: 

Q. is how do you get the correct judgment for distance I want to know I just get lost with it…

A.  May I suggest…..? you look at, read all, and think about what all the Coaches have to say at or if you are near Preston Reservoir, you should attend their Coaching Clinic on 25th Feb ’18. it’s all there for you at Cheers Pamela

Thank you Pamela for this ..I will be looking into what you have just sent me. Jeff.

Jeff, there’s other YouTube s that are very helpful, think of weight as if you were throwing a tennis ball to someone 2 metres away, then do it 4 metres, then do it 6 metres away. You will have naturally drawn you arm back further and speeded up your delivery. The best you can do is, know where your bowl turns (say half way) then draw your eyes back and bowl on a line that goes to the point of turn.… AND  is also worth a view. Bowl to your aiming line, draw your eyes back and don’t look to the Jack. Cheers Pamela 

Thanks very much for this reply ..I will be back on the green in the morning and put this advise into action as in trying at different lengths with a few jacks down the green as far as the T an watching the bowl draw back onto the Kitty each time ….would this be right …Cheers Jeff

The “constant angle” is your main tool. That’s looking at the inches (sorry I’m old fashioned) 8-10 feet out from the centre line (or imaginary centre line), that way the angle never changes when the mat moves up and back. If you look at the peg… that’s when you have to figure out how far in or out of the peg you need to be ….it just doesn’t work if you are trying to find weight, as you are. Find your constant angle, follow your opponent in the first 8 ft if they’re bang on or, if you are skipping this can also be achieved by watching on coming bowls in relation to the centre line. Magic! Hope I’ve helped? Cheers Pamela

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