Unofficial Angaston Bowls Site

Unofficial Angaston Bowls Site

Weight Control Techniques


Try these various methods of weight control.  Determine which you will use on slow greens and fast greens.

  • Elevation method.  Elevating the bowl higher in front of you wil assist in getting as bigger pendulium swing and therefore increase weight.  The coordinated  swing and step will mean additional force applied to the bowl.


  • Stance  –  Try a more upright stance to get more power. The increased body movement will add extra weight. By adopting a lower stance better weight control on shorter ends or faster greens will be achievable.


  • Delivery step  – A longer step will mean increased body movement and forward momentum. This will, in most cases add weight. A shorter step will allow a shorter smooth delivery that will help with weight control on short ends and fast greens.


  • Backswing – Adjusting the length of your backswing is one of the most important methods of weight control. Basically the bigger the backswing the more momentum will be transferred to the bowl from the pendulum swing and the bowl will travel faster. A small, slow backswing will allow great control for short ends and fast greens.


  • Delivery speed  – All of the above technique variations will influence your weight control.  The delivery speed of the bowl will determine the distance it will travel. Increase the delivery speed and the bowl will travel further, decrease the delivery speed and the bowl will travel less distance. Sounds obvious but transfer that fact into your delivery style to get better weight control. If you are falling a little short increase the velocity of the bowl at delivery. Do this by adding power to the bowl just before release or increasing the pendulum swing for added momentum.


  • Finger tip control –   This is the most important but least understood parts of weight control. More relevant to fast greens i.e. >14 seconds, but still a good technique for fine adjustments to you weight. Just prior to release the finger tips allow the bowl to run smoothly onto the green. At this point it is possible to add additional weight by flexing the fingers that will increase the rotation of the bowl and therefore add distance. This is how you develop feel and touch in your delivery and the bowl come outs in control .

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