Indoor Bowls: How to Play
How to Play the Indoor Game
The indoor game is very similar to the outdoor game except it is played on a carpet instead of grass and each rink is much shorter than outside. The rinks nevertheless
meet the requirements laid out in the rule book for Short Mat Bowling.
The seven indoor rinks allow club members to play all winter in addition to the summer months. The game is organized in exactly the same manner as the outdoor game
insofar as the team make-up and the order of play is concerned. However the skill requirements are totally different as a result of the shorter rink length and the
different playing surface.
To add variety, each of the seven rinks vary from each other in having slightly different types of carpet which requires variation in the ‘WEIGHT’ (ie speed of bowl
delivery) so as to reach and not pass the jack. Consequently the indoor game presents just as much challenge as the outdoor game and demands the same judgment of the
best tactics and strategies.
One difference in the indoor game as opposed to the outside game is that when indoors, a short barrier is centrally placed half way down the rink to prevent bowlers
making a fast take-out shot straight down the middle. This forces bowlers to make a wider delivery, thus requiring a greater curvature for the trajectory of the bowl in
order to reach the centrally placed jack. This in turn requires a slower delivery as the bias of the bowl causes greater curvature when the speed of delivery is