Get a Grip!
January 19, 2009 by lawn bowls
When you decide that you want to take up lawn bowling, one of the first things you’ll be taught how to do is how to grip your bowl. This is very important because there are 2 main ways and what you choose will depend on how comfortable you are with the bowl and what delivers the best shot for you.
The first kind of grip is the claw grip. When holding the bowl like this, your thumb is placed at the top of the bowl so that the bowl sits between your thumb and your fingers and most of your palm doesn’t even rest on the bowl. If your fingers want to spread out on the underside of the bowl and the grip feels good to you, this is probably the grip that you’ll most want to use.
The second type of grip is called the cradle grip. Start by placing the bowl flat in the palm of your hand and with your middle fingers slightly close together. This is actually the most preferred kind of grip for most bowlers however, some feel as though there’s not enough control over the ball this way. It’s important to remember no matter how you want to hold your bowl that it should sit upright in your hand otherwise it will turn onto its side while rolling.