By Mary Blake

As I write this, Sonoma County, like most of California, is in the red, or “substantial”, risk state. But Marin and San Francisco are in the orange and I believe we’ll soon be there, too, maybe even before this is printed!
If you’re like me, your habits have changed significantly over the past year. I read that half of all people interviewed were nervous about socializing again. That’s me! I never was comfortable being around people and now I’m even worse.

But what better way is there to re-emerge than with lawn bowling? It’s outdoors. The weather is turning beautiful. We truly are a nice group of people. So, as I emerge from my shell, I hope you will, too, and join me on the bowling green. Then we’ll have news and photos of us. For now, I’ll talk about a couple of youtube videos I found. I’ll include this article and links to the videos on our website.

One interesting video was about finding your line. Set your jack in the middle of the rink like you always do. Then aim the bowl AT THE JACK. First do forehand, then backhand. The bowls will end up to either side. These show you where your line is. Aim your next two rolls at each of those bowls and they should end up close to the jack! I’m including a diagram, but this will make a lot more sense if you watch the video. Find the link on our website.

Another video discussed common faults and how to fix them.

Do you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over? You even correct them and they reappear? Understanding what causes a problem may help you fix it permanently. Here are some common faults:

1. Wobbling bowl. Often, this means your pinkie isn’t in a good position, possibly too high up. Repositioning that pinkie might be all it takes to reduce wobble.

2. Bounce on delivery. It’s possible your back leg is staying straight on delivery. If you can, (not all of us can) try bending your back leg as you bowl. A bounced bowl means the bowl won’t go as far.

3. Hooking. If you put your arm directly in front of your body, you’re forced to swing it AROUND your body to throw. Your swing is a hook rather than a pendulum. Start with your arm to the side to avoid hooking.

4. Flick or jerk at end of delivery. The timing of your step and arm swing may not match.

Again, check our website for a link to this video from South Africa. It includes a few more common faults – and a video is worth a thousand words!

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