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FAQ - Choosing Bowls

The advice on this page is here to help people out whether they buy from our shop or not - we just wish to help people out in a friendly way. However, the advice on this page is not necessarily the best guide for all people in all situations and we cannot be held responsible for any actions taken by you as a result of following advice on this page.

Whether selecting lawn bowls or indoor bowls, most people prefer "gripped" bowls these days and medium weight is the default for Lawn Bowls. Black is the most popular colour by far.


What size of Lawn Bowls should I buy?

The size is the most difficult thing to guess if you don't know as it is a personal thing relating to the size of the hands of the bowler. However, we can give you some rules of thumb viz:

Ladies tend to buy size 00 - 3.
Gents tend to buy size 3 - 6.
Most popular sizes are 1 2 3 & 4.
An average gent will probably find size 3 or 4 suitable. An average lady typically goes for size 1 or 2.
Size 00 is for the very smallest lady's hands.


Drakes Pride Professional Bowls Sizes & Weights - Metric

Size 00 0 1 2 3 4 5
Diameter (mm) 116 118 121 122.5 124 125.5 127
Medium Weight (grams) 1190 1220 1300 1350 1400 1460 1520
Heavy Weight (grams) 1215 1280 1350 1400 1460 1520 1580


Drakes Pride Professional Bowls Sizes & Weights - Imperial

Size 00 0 1 2 3 4 5
Diameter (inches) 4  9/16 4  11/16 4  3/4 4 13/16 4  7/8 4 15/16 5
Medium Weight (lbs-ozs) 2-09 2-11 2-13 1/4 2-15 3/4 3-1 1/2 3-3 3/4 3-5 3/4
Heavy Weight (lbs-ozs) 2-10 1/2 2-13 3/4 2-15 3/4 3-1 1/2 3-3 1/2 3-5 1/4 3-7 1/4


What weight of Crown Green Bowls should I buy?

A typical size for a lady is 2lb 4oz; perhaps 2lb 6oz.

A typical size for a gentleman is 2lb 8oz; perhaps 2lb 10oz.

Obviously, this is just an average and will also be affected by personal preference and size of hands. Generally smaller individuals will prefer a lighter bowl; larger people will prefer a heavier bowl.


What type of Lawn Bowls should I buy?

The Professional is the standard default range bowl from Drakes Pride. It has a middling bias which is suitable for outdoor, indoor and even Short-Mat bowls.

The Advantage is a specialist Indoor bowl with a reduced bias designed for tighter rinks, in particular.

The Jazz bowl is Drakes Pride bowl for dedicated outdoor British lawns. With its extra bias, It is also a favourite with many Short-Mat Bowlers.



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