As the end of the 2021 Bowls Season comes to a close we find a lot of Streaming from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Last week, the New Zealand`s Wellington LBC finished it`s Angus Hotel Summer Series of Lawn Bowls with the "Finals Weekend" live streaming (April 24/25). This weekend (May 8th) Bowls South Africa`s Men`s National Championship will be played (May 8- 16) and online streaming. With all Northern Hemisphere Countries missing the 2020 Season due to the CoVid Pandemic and the Sport Gathering "Total Shutdown"; it is still in doubt whether we will be even having a "2021 Season of Lawn Bowls" other than some club practices and what we are able to watch streaming.
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Game strategy become a "Heavy Bowl" Strategy because you want your bowl to have done it`s work before it begins to slow and is more affected by the wind. In the 3 photos (Below) we see the skip`s decision to bowl downwind of the head and attempt to raise his bowl to shot. Luck is sometime important in Bowls, and even more on a windy day where many surprises will occure.
In the photo below, as the lead`s bowls of the first end were all bowled "Upwind" and schattered around the head; the skip went to the mat and decided to bowl a "Downwind" to raise his frontal bowl to shot. (Photo #1). In talking about luck and the wind, we see from Photo #2 that the bowl actually bounced of the intended bowl and hit the 2nd bowl creating two shots (Photo #3)
Why is this a good choice of bowl ?. First, the effect of a wind applies most to the bowl during it final stage of delivery. As the bowl slows and begins it bias so also the effect of the wind applies. This is a good shot because it need a heavy weight delivery which then removes a large part of the wind effect on the bowl. Without that extra weight the "Raise bowl" would not happen.
The black bowl in photo #3 is the opponent skip`s first bowl after the previous skip had raised his bowls. Noticing the label location on the black bowl we see that the delivery was up wind and a draw around the front bowl to the jack, but the bowl finished not only short but also quite far "downwind" because of the strong wind.