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Each set of diamond-turned Henselite bowls is the result of highly-tuned, precision engineering developed over 80 years of manufacturing innovation.

All the bowls in a set have been individually tested and matched for weight and balance to give you the ultimate in consistent performance on every green…every time.

We are so confident in the quality of our workmanship that we guarantee each set of bowls for ten years. We recommend, however, that you continue to care for your bowls as much as we have, to allow them to perform at their best.

Q. What is the best way to store and transport my bowls?
A. Henselite Bowls Bags are specially designed to protect your bowls when they are being stored or transported. Place the bowls in the bag so that they ride on the running surface, not the engraving. This will protect the engraving from wear and tear.

Q. What do I do if my bowls are in contact with sand or grit?
A. To avoid the abrasive effect of sand or grit, wipe your bowls with a Henselite Polishing Cloth or Sleeve before placing them in your case or bag. Ensure that the bottom of your bowls case or bag is free of sand or grit.

Q. How do I retain the shine on my bowls?
A. Regularly polish your bowls with Grippo using a Henselite Polishing Cloth or Sleeve to keep that ‘new bowl’ sheen. If too much polish accumulates on your bowls, wash the bowls in hot water with soap or mild detergent (such as dishwashing liquid) then dry and polish as usual.

Q. Light scratch marks have appeared on the running surface of my bowls. Is this normal?
A. New, highly polished bowls will always show slight scratch marks on the running surface after use. These marks in no way affect the performance of the bowl or indicate a problem with the bowl. They may usually be polished out using Grippo and a Henselite Polishing Cloth or Sleeve or lightly rubbed with fine steel wool and then polished as usual.

Q. I can’t polish some scratches out. Will this affect the performance of my bowls?
A. Some greens may be "top-dressed" with a sharp, abrasive, granite-type sand. This may cause bowls to scratch or wear more readily. The performance of the bowl is not affected providing the wear on the running surface is even.

Q. Will the bias of my bowls be affected by normal use?
A. The bias of a lawn bowl may be affected by wear through normal use. If you regularly use two or three bowls, rotate the four bowls in your set so that any wear is evenly distributed. This ensures your bowls remain matched for bias. We also recommend that you have your bowls re-tested every three years to check the bias still complies with World Bowls Ltd regulations.

Q. My coloured bowls have become marked, how can I clean them?
A. Coloured bowls may become marked through contact with other bowls and with the ditch. Clean your bowls gently by washing them with a mild detergent to remove these marks then polish as usual.

Q. My bowls have changed colour, is this normal?
All lawn bowls on the market today are either made of “bakelite” in the case of black bowls or “melamine” for all coloured bowls. The properties of melamine are ideal for a lawn bowl, although like many plastics has its limits when it comes to UV stability. This known limitation was pointed out to the World Bowls Board, when the regulations where changed to allow coloured bowls, and it is also why all manufacturers of lawn bowls state in their warranties that colour may change as a result of UV. This change in colour is usually only apparent after removing stickers from the surface of a bowl and noticing the direct contrast between the exposed and protected surfaces. As a result we recommend storing bowls in a box or bag, when not in use on the green.