When working with any bowler (new or experienced) it seems like every question they have early in training revolves around one simple term which is the key to success in bowls — Consistency.
I previously wrote an article under training that talks about consistency, but here I will put a couple of drills that I am using this year while working with Novice bowlers to try to have them focus on one line with one result. The goal is to be consistent in delivery and have an effective result — we never talk about perfection.
The goal of any drill should be effective results, 2 feet (or mat length) as a desired outcome of the shot. Pushing training towards perfection only creates unrealistic results and discourages bowlers.
Draw over target (forehand and backhand with a partner)
This simple drill gives bowlers ample opportunity to throw a large amount of bowls in a short time. The idea is to draw all your bowls to the side of the other bowler’s mat so they can simply pick up more bowls and continue to draw. Make sure both bowlers are on opposite sides, switch after throwing 20 bowls. Do not worry about rolling the other persons bowls, use them to adjust and make it a challenge to bowl with them. To make this a more focused drill, place two discs or markers along a draw line on each side, the bowler must bowl over the disc to the other side. This creates a focal point which should improve a focus on line and delivery. Be careful not to bowl AT the other bowler and try to avoid hitting them — it happens and both bowlers should be aware of this. A marker or disc can be placed at back of each mat to indicate a clear landing spot for bowls.
You can also play a variation be making the disc or marker smaller, increasing the difficulty and focus.
Drill originally used during training session with Lachlan Tighe
Line Consistency with Varying Weight
This drill is a basic line drill to work on maintaining a good line on your delivery while slowly increasing your weight. The goal is to keep your form, pre-delivery and follow through consistent as you roll your bowl farther and farther.
Try reversing the drill and bowl from farthest to shortest bowl and see how that works.
Your goal is to keep a consistent form in your delivery while also being able to make minor adjustments to line and weight. Quite often you bowl your first bowl short or long and need to adjust to get closer to the jack. Your form and delivery should be consistent for short to long targets as well as minimum or maximum setup.