Choosing the right size of bowl is an individual thing and one should taking into consideration a few pointers. The weight and the size is important if it is to be a proper fit, comfortable and good grip: can you grip it without it slipping ?
To choose the right bowl will depend on a few things but will end up you picking a bowl that is comfortable and will allow for you type of play
,For example what position do you normally play is it indoors or lawn bowls. You will need to figure out what weight , size and bias you need.
These will include what position you play, where you play and how you play! There are a number of options available to you.
This may seem complicated but it can be narrowed down to a few factors Do you want a set for both indoors and out or 2 sets with different bias.
If you want a set for both indoor and out then a mid range bias bowls maybe best but it will be a compromise
Indoor and Outdoors.
Remember there is a difference between indoor and outdoor playing greens and this should be taken into account. A bowl played indoors will take a wider arc than if played outdoors. Some bowls are best suited to either indoors or outdoors and some can play on both surfaces. New comers to the game can use the clubs equipment if they have spares for members use. It is important to get the proper size as too small a bowl can be out of its depth playing against heavier bowls. You want the bowl to leave your hand in a smooth action and not to chuck it.
A quick rule of thumb is to go for the largest size that is comfortable for you. A small size can be difficult for long jacks and may require more energy.
Size And Ways Of Measuring
One method to get the right size, in conjunction with feel and comfort is to put both hands around the bowl with the middle finger touching and the thumbs touching at the bottom. Now try the bowl to see if it is comfortable. If it falls out or you fingers go white griping it go down a size and try that and if it is comfortable then that bowl will be a contender. Repeat the process of going down or up a size until you are happy with the size.
Now hold your arm out straight and with the back of your hand uppermost. It the bowl is comfortable and does not fall out of you hand then this is fine.Go up a bowl and do the same thing to see how it is. A bowl is no good unless you feel comfortable with it.
There is no substitute for trying out the bowls to see if you are happy with them . At our shop you can try a set of bowls on our test bowling lane. This really does give you a chance to get the right size and weight.
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