Shoes When you become a more serious and regular member, you will want to have a pair
of specific bowling shoes. But for all beginners, and many others, all you need is a pair of
smooth soled shoes so that you do not mark the green. Tennis shoes, for example, are ideal,
as are many walking shoes. If you are buying a new pair, choose white ones so that you don't
need a separate pair for white days. As a real newcomer, this is the only must-have
Clothing All white, or cream, clothing is required for tournaments, or matching club shirts.
This helps preserve the old traditions of the game - though, of course, many of us wear
shorts in summer (even for tournaments) which the old Scots never would have done. On all
other occasions, any comfortable clothing will suffice. Because of the heat and glare, a hat or
visor is definitely a necessity for most bowlers in many parts of the USA.
Bowls For beginners and visitors, most clubs maintains a stock of bowls you may borrow (or
rent). But as you play more regularly, you will want your own personal set that you can enjoy,
maintain and roll predictably. See Resources section, or contact the club chairman for
catalogs and prices. In the USA, there are only a few sources for these, but they are the
same international quality suppliers. Each set of four has a unique logo or pattern on them
so you can identify your own in any game. One set of bowls will last you ten or more years
with just the basics of maintenance and proper storage in their carry case.
Click on the above Equipment buttons Bowls.
Measure/Chalk Special tape measures exist for bowling to resolve those close calls, as
well as spray chalk to mark bowls that touched the jack. Keep these in your pocket,
especially when you are playing Vice.
Name Badge All members of the club are issued personal name badges. Most of us wear
them on our hats or visors. While we might know you well, this does help newcomers and
visiting club players to get your name right. Keep it visible.
Locker Free lockers are available at most clubhouses to store all your equipment.
Jack The white ball we roll first and place on the center line of the Rink. The bowls will then
be rolled and placed adjacent to the Jack.
Mat ( 600mm x 360mm ) ( ~24" x ~14" ) The starting point for every roll of a bowl.
Markers These vary from club to club, but they are generally white or yellow to mark the
boundaries and the center of the rinks in use that day.
Scoreboard Traditional as it is, we all enjoy putting the scores up on old-fashioned chalk
Flags On tournament days, you will see red flags on the sides of the Green marking the
minimum distance for jack placement. This is called the hogline.
The Green The green itself is carefully maintained in all cases, often in conjunction with a
city parks and rec dept. Thanks to all our volunteers who do the extra rolling,
raking, cutting, levelling and care work. Please always treat the Green's surface
with the utmost care.