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Welcome to the August 2014 edition titled ‘Going, Going...Gone’ provided by internationally renowned coach, Lachlan Tighe. Find out more about Lachlan and his coaching achievements here.

Going, Going...Gone

Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, two teams, two sports (one being bowls), two examples of teams being thrashed, two very different approaches to that position, two different outcomes.

Rugby 7s – Australia 0-19 against the Welsh; go in at half time, readjust, return in the second half to win 20-19;
Bowls – Malaysia down 0-8 after 3 ends, 0-17 down after about 9 ends and the team looking like startled rabbits in the headlights; no apparent change, no break, no result difference, 3-22.

So what!?

Let’s stay with bowls.

Place yourself in that losing team situation; you are playing for a gold medal so your team is obviously an in-form team.

However, 0-8 after 3 ends; change your behavior, now; get together mid green and quickly sort out another strategy to alter this losing pattern. If 0-8 down apply TCUP – think carefully under pressure. So what to do.

Consider these options as a start to apply any one of them as suits from end 4.

Lead – change hands from previous pattern; follow the hand of the successful opposition lead; play bowls 2 & 3 a metre through or behind the head; or have 1 of 3 deliveries as a firm weighted delivery; we do not have the mat yet so length choice is yet to be ours but once we have the choice of length, use to our advantage.

Skip – think and act to WIN an end not simply choosing to keep the losing score reasonable as we are in the final, we need to alter things now; play attacking and firm shots; widen the head with bowl 4 to enable deliveries 5 & 6 to be used to wick off your delivery; change hands; play the opposing skip hand too; set the tempo and walk to the head before delivery of bowl 6 to ensure you have some margin of control though losing (to date) on the scoreboard.

Whatever you do, team, do something, something different to that pattern which is losing you the game, and, plan to alter these options every 2 ends until one works as surely the pattern will stop as your team strives to alter the trend.

All the ball skill in the world is of little value if the mental and tactical skill is not equally applied in these losing situations. Winning is easy when it is ‘all happening’. We players need to be coached to cope and adjust when the losing pattern continues to drag us under.

Lachlan Tighe, August 2014

P.S….my book “Winning becomes you, in lawn bowls’ is now available. If interested in purchase, contact me direct on email l.a.tighe@bigpond.com or check the Henselite website for details of availability.
Readers may wish to refer to my Website too - www.lachlantighebowls.com


July 2014 - Masterclass Coaching

June 2014 - Missing Opportunities

May 2014 - We Don't Need Coaches

April 2014 - Five Years On

March 2014 - Winners Win with Leadership

February 2014 - Keeping Your Cool

January 2014 - Player Self Appraisal


December 2013 - Skill Intensity Program

November 2013 - Singles Serve

October 2013 - Weight Control Delivery

September 2013 - Team Cohesion, Selection

August 2013 - Knowing the Options

July 2013 - Coaching is Communication

June 2013 - Warriors

May 2013 - World Champions Reactions

April 2013 - Singles Tactics

March 2013 - Winning Pennant Finals

February 2013 - Training to win

January 2013 - ...Finally, Selectors


December 2012 - Deliberate Practice

November 2012 - Weight Control Delivery Discipline

October 2012 - Using the Second in a Fours Team

September 2012 - Pennant Team Pep Talk

August 2012 - Skill Audit

July 2012 - Skill Audit

June 2012 - Teamwork

May 2012 - One percenters

April 2012 - Trust

March 2012 - Lessons Learnt

February 2012 - Stop watch decisions workshop

January 2012 - Lessons learnt from attending the BA Hall of Fame Inaugural Award Night


October 2011 - Positivity, Self Belief, Mental Toughness

August/Septemeber 2011 - Alert

April 2011 - Sensory Awareness

March 2011 - Attitude in Teams


December 2010 - Caterpillar Program

November - Decision Options

October - Lachlan was in Dehli for the Commonwealth Games

September - Slow Green Drill

August - Decisions to Make

July - The Summit - Player Awareness

June - Pressure

May - Mastering the Yard On Shot

April - Consistency

March - Lessons Learnt 

February - Mind Games


December - Tactical Skill Decisions

November - What Bowlers Need to Succeed

October - A Winner's Menu

September - Training Skills for Thirds and Skips

August - Training Skills for Leads and Seconds

July - Attributes of Elite Bowlers

June - Goals

May - Tactical Skill

April - Pre-Delivery Routine