One of the greatest things about lawn bowling is that there are so many different ways to play and so, even after you’ve mastered one way you can move on to another and work on your skill and strategy all over again! The main different forms of play in lawn bowling are singles, triples, fours, and sometimes in pairs.
In single play two people play against each other and a governing body will determine the number of points needed to win. The number of points required for a win is usually 21, 25, or 31. Two sets of nine ends are played, an end being one player each taking a turn. If each player wins one of those sets, a third end will be played that will automatically determine the winner.
When playing in pairs, one player assumes the position of the Lead while the other player assumes the position of the Skip. Each player will take turns throwing two bowls, until a total of 6 bowls has been delivered by each player. After each end, the lead and the skip will change positions and the entire game will be played over 21 ends. Triples simply adds another to the team while fours adds two more to the fun!