​​​Joondalup Lawn Bowling Club

Training Drills 
 

The following table sets out that form 95% of the shots we are called on to play each week.

Would you please indicate the areas with which you think you may need help and send through to the link below? It would be helpful if this could be completed by the end of August.


Skills and Drills


Wednesday Training Drills 2 – 5 pm

 


CHANGES TO TRAINING

 

I have decided to change the circuit training that has been running every Wednesday.

Attendances have been spasmodic at best and it seems that the exercises have become a bit repetitive to some people.

As a consequence, I will now run the drills on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, leaving the other Wednesdays free for individual practice.

 

The next three training sessions are:

13 & 27 Nov and 11 Dec.

 

Geoff Stevenson

Director of Coaching

 

 

 

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IMPROVE YOUR CONSISTENCY

 

The only equipment required is a mat, a jack and a couple of spare bowls, for the shots other than a draw. Depending on your personal skill level, your margin for error may be a mat-length, a metre or even longer for the new bowlers.

The exercises will suit all levels of bowlers.Play one hand only.

 

THE DRAW SHOT

Start with the jack on the T and the mat on minimum length. Draw the first bowl to the jack. lf it finishes within your margin, move the mat back two mat-lengths.

lf it finishes behind the jack, but outside your margin, leave the mat where it is.

lf it finishes short of the jack outside your margin, move the mat forward one mat-length. Draw the second bowl to the jack. Continue with the same system for moving the mat. Keep going, moving the mat with each shot until you reach the T at the other end.

 

THE YARD-ON SHOT

Start with the jack on the T and a bowl half a mat-width either side of it (a full mat width for newer bowlers) and the mat on minimum length.

Draw the first bowl through the head with one metre of weight. lf it hits the target and remains live, move the mat back two mat-lengths and reset the head. lf it misses the target and remains live behind the head, leave the mat where it is. lf it comes up short or goes into the ditch (even if it hits the target) move the mat forward one length. Draw the second bowl through the head with one metre of weight. Continue the same system for moving the mat.

Keep going, moving the mat with each shot until you reach the T at the other end.

 

THE RUNNING SHOT

Start with the jack on the T and a bowl half a mat-width either side of it (a full mat width for newer bowlers) and the mat on minimum length.

Play the first bowl through the head with ditch weight. If the bowl strikes the target and goes into the ditch, move the mat back two mat-lengths.

lf the bowl misses the target by less than a mat-width and goes into the ditch, leave the mat where it is.

 If the bowl misses the target by more than a mat-width or does not reach the ditch, move the mat forward one mat-length. Play the second bowl through the head with ditch weight.

Keep going, moving the mat with each shot until you reach the T at the other end.

 

Each of these exercises works on the same principle, a good shot is rewarded, a good shot with no result is not punished, but a bad shot (too short or too wide) is penalised. Do not rush any of the shots when practicing: take the same time you would if you were playing in a match.

The more care you take with each shot, the faster you will complete the exercise.

All of these exercises work on the principle that the jack always remains on the centre line. We all know that doesn't happen, so they can be varied by moving the jack off centre once you have mastered the basic shots. What you will notice is that there is a slight variation from one shot to the next with Iength and this will assist with the weight control required when trying to make small weight adjustments.