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Title Lawn Bowls - Shotmaking Made Easy
Author Stan Squance
Publisher Stan Squance, Kallaroo, Perth, Western Australia
First published 1988
ISBN 0-7316-3324-5
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
20.9 x 15.0
Number of pages 51
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None 22
Synopsis Over the years I've received very favourable comments about this book and it's been high on my wants list. Thanks largely to a colleague in Australia I now have a copy and can attest to those positive remarks.

The author (pictured on the book's cover) is a retired Training and Further Education lecturer and an accredited lawn bowls coach. In his preface Stan Squance summarizes the rationale for his book as follows:

An examination of existing published material on lawn bowls, while overall informative on the subject matter, leaves much to be desired with regard to actual shotmaking. This text therefore is designed to show the requirements needed for most every type of shot [eleven in total] which the exponent may be called upon to play, either in social or tournament contests.

Lawn Bowls - Shotmaking Made Easy is very much a manual with all but the opening few introductory pages taking the form of a double-page spread with clear annotated drawings on the right-hand page and lucid explanatory text on the left - the majority of the spreads describing a specific shot.

To the best of my knowledge no other book illustrates shotmaking so comprehensively and with such clarity.


Stan also produced a much abbreviated and slightly edited version of this book. Bearing the same ISBN its 13 pages include five double-page spreads and focus on key elements of the delivery and the basic draw shots as follows: Selection of Green (Aiming Line); Control of Length; Choice of Bowl and Grip; The Delivery; Backhand Draw Shot; and Forehand Draw Shot.