history of bowls has been traced back to the ancient Egyptians.
It is believed they played with stones - probably selecting the
small round ones that weren't any good for building pyramids with
anyway. The English, of course, wanted to machine perfectly spherical
ones from fine lumber they obtained from remote parts of the empire.
one day someone's bowl split in two. And he put a simple knob to
replace the broken half which lead him to immediately discover he
could bowl curved shots and sneak around other bowls near the jack.
Today all bowls have a certain built in bias.
Italy it became Bocce Balls. In France it became Boile. In England
it became Lawn Bowls or simply Bowling. In the USA it became ten
pin bowling after someone lost the instructions and rules on the
way over. But we do know Sir Francis Drake played bowls - and in
one famous game - told his men not to worry - he would finish the
game before taking up arms against the invaders.
most bowls and bowling equipment comes from Australia where the
sport is very popular. The bias of some different models is shown
in the diagram.
thanks to LawnBowlsUSA
and Henselite for diagram reproduction permission.
Glossary of Terms too.
Francisco Clubhouse - since 1901
still the coldest place to bowl in midsummer when the fog rolls
over Golden Gate Park.
Walker still showing great form at the end of a long cold summer
day on the fast greens of San Francisco. He finished out of the
money, unlike our Peter Knopf who was PIMD tournament organizer
and on the winning team.
And just to
show the long history of bowls, a final quote from Shakespeare himself
(Richard II, Act III, Scene IV):
What sport shall we devise here in this garden,
away the heavy thought of care?
Madam, we'll play at bowls.
'Twill make me think the world is full of rubs.
my fortune runs against the bias