Short Mat Bowling by Roy Wiggins

Short Mat Bowling (Second Edition)

If you already know how to play - look no more. If however, you want to become a better player and win competitions, then this book will help you. It even tells you why your bowls wobble and how to stop it.

Read the chapters:- What does bias mean: Reverse bias: Gripping the bowl: Using the mat: Delivery and follow through: What happens when bowls collide?: Why does your bowl wobble?: and much more.

View the sample pages covering 'A typical mat layout' and to find out 'How to stop your bowl from bouncing'.

You can purchase a copy of the book direct from the author by ordering via this website. You can also ask for a signed copy if you wish.

Unsigned copies can also be ordered online from Amazon and Book Depository.


Learning to be good at bowls (or anything else!)

You don't have to be proficient in any particular area right now. You don't have to have an 'aptitude' for any particular sport or skill and you certainly don't have to be naturally talented to succeed.
You simply have to have a desire to change things.

Anders Ericsson, a Swedish psychology professor based at Florida State University has found that 'innate' ability (aka 'natural' talent) in any given area is largely irrelevant in determining success.
What's more important is practice (or what Ericsson calls 'deliberate practice').

Basically, he concludes that 'expert' performers in any field - eg. Johnny Wilkinson, one of the world's best rugby players; it's not natural talent that enables him to strike a rugby ball on target more often than not. It's the years of meticulous and dedicated kicking practice on the training field that gives him his edge - by his own admission, he even practices on Christmas day!

David Beckham was one of the world's best free-kick takers at the age of 35 - but it's not just a natural talent that enabled him to strike the ball so sweetly every time - it's years of repeating the same drill on the training ground that made him the best in the business.
The same can be said for the world's top ballerinas, gymnasts, opera singers, novelists and yes, even bowlers.

You can rise to the top in any field you choose - beating more 'naturally' talented people along the way - so long as you're prepared to put in the graft to get there - at any age.

Ericsson says that the key to success isn't how many times you practice a particular skill - like a 'C' chord on the guitar, for example. Or drawing to the jack. It's something he calls: 'deliberate practice'. That is, in his words: 'Setting specific goals, obtaining immediate feedback and concentrating as much on technique as on outcome'. That's how you get to be good, according to a psychology professor.

The key is to make your goals achievable. Imagine yourself actually completing each task you set. The idea is to make your work on these goals not seem like a chore, so that you stick with it and get good at it. Remember - hours spent practicing is the key here. Develop a consistent technique and stick to it. Ask your coach if you are doing it correctly. Or what you are doing wrong! What is right for one person is not necessarily right for another.

The second thing Ericsson suggests you should do is 'obtain immediate feedback'. If something works, think about what you did and build the same process into your work from then on. If something fails, learn from your mistake and don't do it next time. Analyse your stance, your delivery, your follow-through etc. Read through the book again, look to see if you have missed anything. Above all if something does go wrong - don't blame anything or anybody else. Ask yourself what you have done wrong.

This is a practical and proven way to be a success. You don't have to have a natural talent or aptitude for a particular pursuit. You just have to put in the hours to learn how to do it properly.
If you are not sure how to do something properly, ask a Qualified Coach!

Above all enjoy your bowling, and take a look at Millton Hill Bowls Club when you have a minute or two to spare! Roy Wiggins

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