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Title Bowls in South Africa
Author J J de Kock
Publisher Hollandsch Afrikaansche Uitgevers Maatschappij, Cape Town, South Africa
First published 1984
ISBN 0-7986-0869-2
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price R9.95
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
24.7 x 17.1
Number of pages 116
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None 35
Synopsis This is a bowls manual with a difference in that, wherever appropriate, the author relates his text to the relevant law(s). This does little to detract from his easy, direct style which is complemented by numerous line drawings by artist Ian Lusted that arguably rank among the best in any bowls book. Although some of the laws have changed since this book was written, its core subject matter remains valid and instructive. The title is perhaps a little misleading in that the reader may have expected to learn about the organisation and state of the game of bowls in South Africa in the mid-1980s, but the book is very much a manual as the list of chapter headings shows:
  • Terminology of Bowls
  • Playing Area and Equipment
  • Modern Approach to the Game
  • Mechanics of Delivery
  • Coaching the Beginner
  • The Mat
  • The Jack
  • Bowling Shots
  • The Bowl
  • Touchers and Non-touchers
  • Irregularities in Play
  • The Head
  • A Fours Match
  • A Triples Match
  • A Pairs Match
  • A Singles Match
  • A Match Between Sides
  • Scoring and Measuring
  • Technique and Tactics
  • Assessing Conditions of the Green
There is also a useful Appendix that includes chapters on The Dutiful Umpire; Bowls Etiquette; Gamesmanship and Bowling Truisms.
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