Indoor Bowls Equipment – Choosing Bowls, Clothing and Accessories
Bowls World sell an excellent selection of indoor bowls equipment, including bowls by leading manufacturers such as Taylor Bowls, Drakes Pride Bowls, Henselite Bowls and Almark Bowls. We also sell bowls clothing, bowls shoes, bowls bags and bowls accessories. All these products are available to buy from our online shop and can be delivered to the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, US, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Tenerife.
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About Indoor Bowls
The origin of bowls can be traced at least as far back as the 13th century and has been popular ever since. However, like many outdoor games, bowls is affected by the weather, especially during harsh winters. As a result, indoor variations of the game were introduced. Indoor bowls is played on a surface of carpet, Although there are some differences to the rules compared to outdoor bowls, it is essentially the same game.
Choosing Indoor Bowls
The following bowls will perform best on indoor, or fast running outdoor surfaces such as artificial outdoor surfaces:
Drakes Pride Advantage – This is an ideal choice for those who play difficult narrow end rinks. It has the narrowest draw of the Drakes Pride Bowls range and is a great choice for a leads bowl. It gives a faster and more direct line to the Jack. Drakes Pride Advantage is more suited to experienced players and has been designed for fast indoor bowls.
Drakes Pride Fineline – Used by Gold Medal winner Robert Weale in the Men’s Singles at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The Fineline features the practical and appealing Drakes Pride’s Forty Dimple Grip. The Drakes Pride Fineline has a draw half-way between the professional and advantage. It has similar handling to the Professional and is ideal for those do not feel ready yet for the advantage. An ideal, stable bowl which finishes well, mainly due to its "balanced arc shape."
Taylor Lazer – Taylor Bowls continue to be pioneers in the bowl making industry and their Lawn bowls have a reputation for accuracy and consistency. The Taylor Lazer is a new addition to the Taylor Bowls range and is ideal for fast surfaces and indoor greens. It has a slim shape and precision narrow bias. It is comfortable to hold as it has Progrip dimples as standard. Suitable for the more experienced player.
Taylor Vector VS – This has a narrow drawing arc (slightly wider than the Lazer) and has a gentle draw to the jack with no hook at the end. The Taylor Vector VS is suitable for fast surfaces and indoor greens. Perfect for front end bowlers, it is the fastest-selling bowl for indoor bowls in the UK and is popular among our Australian customers.
Almark Arrow– Designed for indoor and fast paced outdoor greens. Suitable for all levels of players. The Almark Arrow has the narrowest draw of all the Almark bowls and less hook at the finish. This means the player can challenge a wider variety of shots on faster greens with certainty.
Henselite Tiger II – The Henselite Tiger II is suitable for indoor and fast outdoor bowling. It has a draw line between the Dreamline and Classic II. Its slightly slimmer shape makes it more comfortable to handle. Henselite are world leaders in bowls manufacturing.
The following can be used for indoor and outdoor bowling:
Drakes Pride Professional – Good all-round bowl that plays well on any pace surface. It is the most popular Drakes Pride bowl and is ideal for beginners or pros and can be used in any position of play. It has a medium draw which is steady and constant and has an easy to read line.
Taylor Ace – One of the most popular bowls on the market and has a slightly lower pace so is ideal for experienced or less experienced players alike. It has a slightly wider drawing arc than the Vector with no hook at the end.
Henselite Tiger Pro – Multi-purpose, versatile bowl that can be used on all pace surfaces. It is a narrow to mid-bias ball with a draw line between the Henselite Tiger and the Henselite Tiger II. It is aimed at the pro, but is also suitable for the beginner looking to play a variety of shots with good reliability. Contemporary designed ball with ergonomic profile and easy-to-hold dimple grip, for greater precision.
Almark Slimline – This lighter, slimmer shape and improved grip which makes it easy and comfortable to hold. The Slimline has a slightly wider draw than the Arrow, but this is narrower than the Sterling Gold and has a straighter finish. It is lighter than a heavyweight ball and its medium draw makes it ideal for a bowler who wants a set of bowls for all conditions.
Choosing Indoor Bowls Shoes
Whether it is sporty, slip on, lace up or (for women) sandals you are after, we have a range of indoor bowling shoes for you. Indoor bowls shoes essentially serve two purposes; they have smooth soles designed to avoid damage to the playing surface as players walk up and down the rink and they are also available to provide flexibility, comfort and support, as you could be standing on your feet for long periods of time.
Style is also an influencing factor. Men or women may prefer a more conventional style of shoe, such as a lace-up or slip-on shoe, or prefer a more modern sporty trainer shoe with either laced or Velcro fastenings. Moccasins offer a more relaxed style of shoe for men. For a less formal type of shoe for women, we sell sandals which are not only comfortable and fashionable, but very feminine too.
Bowls World sell a range of different bowling shoes to suit all tastes. Some also have magnet soles to improve circulation, or air bubbles for added comfort. The staple shoe colours are white, grey and tan, but some styles now come with attractive colour detailing for a wider choice.
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Choosing Indoor Bowls Clothing
Indoor bowling has its own dress code, just as in other sports such as cricket or tennis. The main reason behind the dress code is that it helps player focus on their game and improves discipline. However, different clubs may allow some variations in the dress code, such as coloured trims. Bowls clothing has a long tradition and is not only smart, but comfortable too.
Although white is the traditional colour for bowling, grey can also offer an alternative. Some clubs, however, prefer white and they may insist on it for competitions. For women, we sell one model of skirt and either cropped or full length trousers in white or grey and in a variety of sizes. We also have seven styles of ladies blouses with varying necklines. For the men, we sell nine styles of tops (including some with coloured trim) as well as four types of full-length trousers and one style of shorts. We can also supply belts and braces, if required.
Here at Bowls World we sell indoor and outdoor bowls clothing. We have a selection of knitwear and jackets as well as wet and cold weather clothing including a choice of nine different pullovers for men, slipovers, sweatshirts and jackets. For ladies our outdoor range includes three different zip-up jackets and a formal blazer. In addition, we sell hats, caps and visors.
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How to Buy Bowls Equipment
Visitors can enter our online shop to buy any of our indoor bowling equipment mentioned above including bowls, clothing and footwear. Our shopping website is easy to use. Just click on the product you require and the enter quantity you need and add it to your shopping cart. The next screen will ask you to select your country of destination. Once you have selected your country of destination, click on the word continue to take you on to the checkout.
We offer free postage in England, Wales and Scottish Lowlands on some of our equipment. For orders outside the UK, the cost of postage will automatically be added during the online ordering process so you can see just how much your total order is before submitting your order. Happy shopping!