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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
38 Bowls In Focus asics bowls shoes now available Coloured Bowls Trackpants and Shorts Coloured Slough Hats Coloured Polar Fleece Vests Coloured Baseball Caps Coloured Bucket Hats Call us for a quote on club orders. Coloured pants from $37, Vests from $37, hats from $13 SHOP ONLINE www.thebowlsshoppe.com.au Weight Control Every day when we pick up our newspapers we find some men- tion of this issue, but it has nothing to do with bowls. Having said that, if you look at some of the bowlers playing our game it does make one wonder if weight control in bowls could be improved if heavier people took on a much leaner look. Though much has been written about the subject, how to improve weight control is still one of the most asked questions, more particularly by bowlers in their early development years. I always recall one of our past icons of the game, Barry Salter, whose reply when asked how he managed to do well at the 1972 World Championships in England. The greens were then, and still are, markedly slower than ours. Barry replied, 'You just throw the bowls a bit harder'. That, of course, simplifies the situ- ation and there is much to be learned about weight control, especially in lawn bowls because there is such a large variation from one green to the next. Like most aspects of our game it all gets back to delivery of the bowl, although it probably does help if you are a natural athlete and/or have played other ball sports prior to taking up the game of lawn bowls. To me there are two facets of the delivery when attempting to improve or perfect weight control, and they are rhythm and completion of delivery (follow through). We have often criticised the deliveries of world-class players from other countries as being unorthodox and even scrappy compared to our champions, but for some reason they still manage to beat our best on more occasions than we like. If you study some of those 'not so pretty' deliveries you will find that they almost always complete their delivery in the same manner, no matter what the pace of the green. It has always been my theory that we Australians place too much em- phasis on the back-swing and early part of the forward swing, whereas champions from overseas concen- trate predominately on follow through and completion of the delivery. Whether our system is right or theirs, I still believe the most impor- tant aspect of weight control is in our rhythm. These days we have a great opportunity to watch the stars of the game on our TV screens and I sug- gest you target those two factors and assess just how they fare. You can be sure that the most suc- cessful ones may have some varia- tions in their swing, but their rhythm and constant finish to their delivery will insure they have the greatest weight control. The one outstanding factor not mentioned so far is practice. The only real way to improve your weight control is practice, practice, and more practice. And what should the basis of your practice be? Rhythm and identical completion of your delivery - yes the follow through! On-line Coaching Initiative At last someone has come up with a new and very modern concept in lawn bowls coaching. We've had books, videos, CD's, etc, but now we have coaching on the internet. The brainchild of veteran bowls enthusiast Graeme Spry, the ongoing programs give bowlers at all levels the opportunity to access the minds of such bowls icons as Jim Yates, Steve Glasson, Brett Wilkie, Bill Cornehls, Graeme Clements, Jon Bosisto, Barrie Jackett, Margaret Sumner and yours truly. Segments are conducted twice weekly with one of the above as presenter, accompanied by a back up presenter, and at times a special guest will be available with special comments. Every conceivable aspect of our game is covered with special emphasis on pennant play in the early programs. Topics covered include sessions for beginners, leads, seconds, thirds, skippers as well as tactics. Each program commences at 8pm on Monday and Wednesday night and runs for approximately an hour and a half. Any bowler, male or female, for the cost of $10 can access any single program or purchase a block of six sessions for $50. There is also a great opportunity for clubs to raise funds by running one or more night sessions on screen and charging members a nominal fee - a win, win situation as players can participate at half price and the club can raise valuable funds. Any player or prospective player can easily access the programs by visiting the www.beabetterbowler. com.au website and registering for one or more sessions. At the completion of the presenta- tion there is an opportunity to put ap- propriate questions to the presenter, his or her back up, as well as the special guest of the day. All that is needed to participate in the program is access to the internet on a computer and a set of headphones. So much the better if you have a speaker as questions can be asked directly; otherwise they can be typed and relayed through to the presenter. Mums and dads, particularly if they are bowlers, will now have the op- portunity to educate their youngsters on the finer points of our great game of lawn bowls. Bowls is now a younger person's game which older people can play - or is it the other way about? IN FOCUS • Burwood great Barrie Jackett is one of the excellent coaches on the ‘be a better bowler’ on-line coaching program.