Although lawn bowling is thought of today as a somewhat quiet and reserved sport, the history of the game is actually somewhat controversial and actually at one time, set certain classes apart from others. The game can actually be traced as far back as Ancient Egypt but history and research shows that the game was nothing more of a sport and a pastime for the early civilization and that they played a game of skittles using round stones.
It wasn’t until the time of King Henry VIII that the game was used as a sort of class distinction. It was he who banned the game from those who were not rich or well-to-do because the commoners were beginning to spend far too much time enjoying the pastime instead of labouring at the work they were meant to do. King Henry also ordered that anyone who wished to play the game could only do so on their own private property, after building a private green. In addition to this expense, any person wishing to do this also had to pay the King a fee of £100.
It was during the time of King James I that this King wrote a book entitled The Book of Sports. In this book, he had harsh words for sports such as football and soccer but greatly encouraged the sport of bowls. In 1845, the game of lawn bowling was once again made available to anyone who wished to play the game.
The Block can be one of the greatest defensive moves used in the game of lawn bowling. But it’s only when it’s used absolutely correctly and with great precision and accuracy that The Block is effective. When all of the right factors are not lined up properly so that the shot is delivered correctly, the shot is nothing but a waste. Here’s how to, very carefully, do it correctly.
The purpose of The Block is exactly that: to block the path from your opponent’s bowl to the jack. This needs to be done by placing your bowl directly in front of your opponent’s bowl, or at least enough so that it will knock it off course. The bowl can also tried to be placed just in front of the jack, making it difficult for your opponent’s to reach the jack.
The Block takes a lot of practice as it’s simply a matter of being able to place your bowl exactly where you want it on the green.