Types of Sporting Equipment

Lawn Bowls Equipment

Lawn Bowl Background

Lawn Bowls is a competitive game that’s played mostly in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and in some parts of the United States.  It’s very popular in Australia.

People have played the game, or at least something very similar, since ancient times. There are actually 5000-year-old Egyptian hieroglyphics showing youngsters playing a game with large balls across four-meter lanes.

Lawn Bowls is a low-impact, therapeutic exercise that’s ideal for retirees looking to improve their health.  Most players, in fact, are over fifty-five years of age.  The disabled enjoy the game, too. This shouldn’t, however, make anyone think Lawn Bowls is an easy game reserved for the elderly and restricted.  It’s certainly not.  It’s an extremely stimulating and exciting sport that challenges an individual both physically and mentally and takes years to master.  The game is also an excellent way to socialize with friends and is also an ideal way to meet new ones.

Lawn Bowl Objective

Lawn Bowl can be played outdoors, on a lawn, or inside, in a Lawn Bowl Club.  Indoor Lawn Bowl is played on a carpet or synthetic lawn.  A “faster green” indicates that the Lawn Bowl takes more time to reach the Jack; about fourteen to nineteen seconds longer, and should be rolled on a wider curve.   A “slower” green means that the Lawn Bowl takes less time the reach the Jack, about ten to fourteen seconds less, and should be rolled to take less grass or on a less curve.

There are various lawn bowl clubs throughout Australia. Rules vary in slight ways across countries, but essentially, in Australia, the game’s object is to place as many lawn bowls as close as possible to a white ball called a “jack” and sometimes a “kitty.”  Two players can play against one another and multiple people can play in teams.

More information can be found at the Official Website of Bowls Australia:


Australian Lawn Bowls from Perth

Lawn Bowl Equipment

Standard equipment for Australian Lawn Bowl includes:

  • Lawn Bowls. Lawn Bowls are biased, that is they are made to roll on a curved trajectory.  Manufacturers initially achieved the curve or bias by inserting a weight on one side.  Now, manufacturers achieve the curve by altering the shape of the bowl.  Bowlers eventually learn to control the bowl’s bias by they way they hold they hold and throw the Lawn Bowl.   Lawn Bowls once used to only come in black or brown, now they are available in a range of colours.  Bowlers can also purchase labels or stickers to mark their lawn bowls for themselves and identify teams.

There are junior size Lawn Bowls for younger players and indoor and lawn versions, too.  The aforementioned green speed additionally impacts how a player chooses their Lawn Bowl.

There are many Internet sites that advise how to roll the Lawn Bowl.  Here is one:


A Lawn Bowler can also purchase various bags in which to carry their Lawn Bowls.  There are bags in which the bowler carries and those that roll.

  • Jack (or Kitty). Most rules indicate that the Jack is white, but some shops also offer it in yellow.  There are indoor and lawn versions, too.
  • Lawn Bowl Clothing. Like most sports that have a history and that are played in clubs, Lawn Bowl has a dress code.  White has always been the standard colour.  Women usually wear blouses, skirts, and shoes and men usually wear shirts, trousers, and brown shoes.  In recent years, however, rules have relaxed.  Women’s trousers, polo type shirts, and the colour grey have become acceptable alternatives.  Clubs also have their own codes for indoor play.   A Lawn Bowler also wears certain shoes for either indoor or outdoor play.

These are the basic essentials.  Most lawn bowls shops also offer a wide range of additional equipment, including mats, lawn markers, scoreboards