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The Club is building a Library of books, articles, video tales and DVD's which might be of interest to members. If you have any such material you would like to donate they will be listed on the Web Site, you will be acknowledged as the donor and they will be available for loan in the clubhouse. A lot of things are available for purchase on e-Bay!!!

These book(s) are available for loan at the Club House.

1)  Bowls (Skills, Techniques, Tactics) by John Bell 2007
This is the newest and, I think, the best book we have. (It has colored pictures!)
It covers everything that new and intermediate bowlers might want to know and is a good review for more advanced bowlers.

2)  Improve Your Bowls  by Tony Allcock 1987
This is another good book that covers the basics and has useful information for  bowlers at all levels.

3)  Bowl With Bryant (Step-by step with the world master) by David Bryant 1987
Once again, good information for bowlers at every level. How-to-do-it stuff.

4)  We're Playing Bowls 2014
The club has a copy and has also donated a copy to the library. This book was mainly written for people who are teaching and coaching newer players. However, if you are a newer or even an experienced player you can always practice the exercises by yourself. The book also details a variety of different lawn bowling games that we could use to vary the morning draws and/or use for various club functions.

5)  The Story of Bowls  (From Drake to Bryant) 1987
If you're into lawn bowls in a big way you might be interested in the history of the game. This book covers things like how Sir Francis Drake had to finish his game of bowls before he could be bothered to take on the Spanish Armada in 1588 and how game was only for aristocrats in the 15, 16 and 1700's and was forbidden to people like us because we were supposed to be working -- not wasting our time on sports. All in all this book is pretty tedious but it's worth a look.

Four (4) Steps to Success in Lawn Bowls by Stephen Forrest 2013
The club bought the first 2 books in this series of 4 in 2014 because people who know what they are talking about think they are the best books they are aware of to help bowlers improve their skill levels.
In Feb. 2015 the author was here at the club where he held 2 half day clinics for our club members and other interested bowlers from the area.
He also did an all day clinic for the USA Women's Lawn Bowling Team and bowled in the 3 South Central Division events.
After seeing him in action--practicing what he preached--the club bought the last 2 books in this series for the club house and also an extra set of 4 which we donated to the library SO THEY WOULDN'T GET LOST!

6)  The Step 1 book is Strategic Competence
Among other things, it talks about the importance of setting goals for every tournament, game, end and bowl. It also talks about analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of your team and those of your opponent. The decision-making process for analyzing risk vs reward for each shot is also discussed.

7)  The Step 2 book is Technical Excellence
This book tells and shows what you need to know about the draw shoot, the drive shot, casting the jack and the controlled weight shot. It also contains the 22 practice exercises we are using for club practices and explains a scoring system you can use to give yourself a baseline of your skill level and monitor your improvement over time. If you are serious about improving your lawn bowling skills this is the BEST book we have available.

8)  The Step 3 book is Emotional and Mental Discipline
This book is a lot more useful than you might imagine from the title. It talks about individual mental techniques you might use in getting ready for a game, relaxation techniques, how to approach a singles game, teamwork and the different roles for team members and more. It is a good road map for getting ready for competition and full of suggestions for keeping your head in the game as the game progresses.

9) The Step 4 book is Physical Fitness
If you like lawn bowling because it doesn't require much physical fitness you might not want to read this book. It turns out that there is actually more to it than meets the eye--at least if you want to get really good. All 4 of these books are WELL WORTH READING

In addition to the 4 Steps to Success books mentioned above, Stephen Forrest has also written a new book titled .........
10)  We're Playing Bowls 2014  This book was mainly written for people who are teaching and coaching newer players. However, if you are a newer or even an experienced player you can always practice the exercises by yourself. The book also details a variety of different lawn bowling games that we could use to vary the morning draws and/or use for various club functions. 

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DVD's available at the Club House.

1)    The Lawn Bowls DVD Coach   60 minutes This isn't the greatest DVD I've ever seen but it does cover the basics.   I'd say it's  worth watching for beginners.

The books available for checkout at the Johnson Library.
They are all in the 796.31 area.

1)   The American Lawn Bowler's Guide,.  ( An Instruction Manuel and Guide to the  Game of Bowls)  
by Harvey C. Maxwell  1966     796.31 Maxwell
This is an older version of the "how-to" books at the Club House.  It has topics like history, grip, stance, delivery, duties of players at different positions, etiquette, etc..

2)  The Fundamentals of Lawn Bowls  by Albert Newton  1960     796.31 Newton
This is also an older version of the how-to-do-it variety. When you get right down to it, this kind of information hasn't changed much over the CENTURIES.

3)  The Game of Bowling on the the Green or Lawn Bowls  by James Weir Greig  1910   796.31 Greig
This is a reprint of something from the Spalding Co. Athletic Library which  explains the game of bowls as played in 1910.  It's pretty much the same as now.
Most of the book is a reprint of the Spalding line of athletic goods from 1910.  A set of lignum vitae bowls was $17.00.  A cricket ball was $2.25, etc..

4)  Bowls (Skills, Techniques, Tactics) by John Bell 2007
This is the newest and, I think, the best book we have. (It has colored pictures!)
It covers everything that new and intermediate bowlers might want to know and is a good review for more advanced bowlers.

5-9)    The 5 Stephen Forrest Books as mentioned above.
 

Thanks to Dave Reinertsen for these. He's our librarian extraordinaire
 

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