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Title The Beginner's Guide to Bowls
Author Geoffrey Godden
Publisher Queen Anne Press, a division of Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd, London
First published 1988
ISBN 0-356-15112-3
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price £12.95
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
26.5 x 18.7
Number of pages 159
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 29 4
Synopsis Bowls is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Geoffrey Godden - like thousands of others a recent convert to the game - has written this handbook to guide the new player into the world of bowls. It follows the progress of the author in his first playing year, with all the ups and downs, tuition and match-play; situations with which every amateur will identify.

With a foreword by Tony Allcock The Beginner's Guide to Bowls offers illustrated instruction in how to play to club standard, and beyond, in consultation with experts, champions and coaches. Godden takes the reader from the novice's first tentative steps, through the basics of grip, stance, bias, etc and on to strategy, team-playing and more advanced techniques. With characteristic enthusiasm, he combines this with tips and anecdotes drawn from his own experience on the green.

The lawn, indoor and short-mat variations of the sport are all explained, in conjunction with their official laws and a comprehensive glossary of bowler's terms. Advice is also given on the necessary equipment and clothing, on joining clubs and on how to use television coverage of the game as a useful coaching aid.

For the amateur looking to enjoy the civilised competition offered by this sociable pastime, The Beginner's Guide to Bowls makes the ideal companion.