Did you know that it is nearly impossible to bowl a lawn bowl in a straight line? Lawn bowls are not perfectly round, but have a slightly flattened shape , which makes them follow a curved path when bowled. The shape of the bowl is called the ‘bias’. Lawn bowlers used the bias of the bowl to curve the rolling bowl in towards the ‘jack’ (the white target ball).

The stereotypical image of a lawn bowler is of an elderly person, but the Australian womens team competing at the Commonwealth Games is challenging that image, with three of the five players in their 20’s. Pictured here is Aussie bowler Kelsey Cottrell.

(Image taken from www.gc2018.com )