Here are my top product recommendations for lawn bowls. Best lawn bowls for indoors, best lawn bowls for outdoors and best lawn bowls for beginners.
Whilst skill, patience and determination are the best tools in your toolset, you can make your life so much easier (and your game better) by getting the right equipment for the task at hand.
Price is a consideration for most of us, so I have tried to include budget-friendly options where possible.
Indoor bowls require very precise bowls. The faster carpets can be tricky if you’re not used to them. My picks could be considered “duel-purpose” as they can be used outdoors for most positions.
Aero Quantum – Aero are one of my favourite brands (they are actually my #1 brand in 2021), so it’s no surprise that the Quantum makes my list. Super consistent lines, predictable arc, and also pretty handy on the outdoor greens too. A strong all-rounder
Drakes Pride Professional – an absolute classic. There is a reason the Professional is one of the most popular models in lawn bowls. Tried and tested, you won’t go too far wrong. Also readily available second hand, so you can find yourself a bargain.
You can find my full report of the best Indoor Lawn Bowls here.
Outdoor models are the hardest to pick. There is such variety in greens within countries, not to mention the stark difference between the slow Northern Hemisphere greens and the zippy greens of Australia and New Zealand.
I have stuck to reliable mid-biased bowls for my choices, however, don’t be afraid to pick something from my list of the best lawn bowls for fast greens
Aero GrooVe – As mentioned before, I am a fan of Aero. The GrooVe is Aero’s mid-biased outdoor bowl and is a great all-rounder. Whilst you may want a tad more turn if you play skip, the GrooVe can more than hold its own at any position in a team.
Taylor Ace – Another strong allrounder. I could have quite easily have selected the Drakes Pride Professional again, however, I have stuck with the Ace. The Ace’s slightly wider arc makes it better suited to slower, heavier outdoor greens.
As a beginner, the world of lawn bowl models can be confusing. I would always recommend the “tried and tested” models as much as possible.
These classic models are also readily available second hand, so the initial outlay is less daunting.
Taylor Vector VS – It was a toss-up between the Vector VS, and the Ace. Whilst the Ace is a great bowl, I decided to go with the VS, due to its narrower line. This will be better suited to lead roles, which is where many beginners start out at. Ideal for indoor and outdoor, and also a bit cheaper second hand.
Drakes Pride Professional – Yep. You cannot go wrong with a set of Professionals. These were the first set I owned, and they are perfect for beginners.
Bowls Bag – Drakes Pride Low Roller Trolley Bag
I much prefer wheeled bowls bags, and this low roller bag is ideal for getting in and out the car. The wheels help getting around as handled bags are horrible to get around, and the handles will eventually break with the weight of the bowls.
It has plenty of space for my bowls equipment and stores neatly under benches in dressing rooms.
Shoes – Henselite HM74
The HM74 model is the gold standard in modern bowls shoe. Offering all the advantages of modern lightweight materials, whilst also offering great arch and ankle support.
If you are looking for something a bit more budget friendly then the Dek bowls shoe will definitely be for you.
Bowls Polish – Grippo
Grippo is a leader in bowls for many years now, and I’ve used it for the past 4 seasons. Easy to apply, to either the bowl or directly to your fingers, it really helps me control the bowl throughout a game.
Another polish I use regularly now is Betts bowls polish. This is not as thick as Grippo paste, and easily applies to the bowl and fingers. I have also noticed an improvement, especially in wet conditions.
Measure – Drakes Pride Measure
This is the exact measure I use when playing. I much prefer the string measures compared to the metal tape measures.