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1. What does it mean that a green is 'fast' or 'slow'?

A faster green means that the bowl takes longer to reach the jack - somewhere between 14 to19 seconds. On a fast green a bowl must be rolled to take a lot of grass (rolled in a wide curve). Conversely, on slower greens, the bowl takse less time to reach the jack, say 10 - 14 seconds, and should be rolled to take much less grass (in a slight curve). Green speed is a major factor in selecting your bowl.

2. Where can I get my bowls tested?

Henselite is an independent licensed bowls tester that has been testing all brands of bowls for over 70 years.
Our testers are the most experienced and practiced bowls testers in Australia.
We strongly recommend that bowls be sent to Henselite for testing:

Henselite Australia Pty Ltd
320 Darebin Road
Fairfield VIC 3078
PO Box 197
Fairfield VIC 3078
Phone: 03 9488 0488

We recommend that bowls be tested every few years for regular bowlers

3. Do grips affect the run of the bowl?

No. In fact they are to help align the bowl before delivery and to assist grip - both of which will help deliver the bowl straight ensuring accurate delivery.

4. Where can I learn to play lawn bowls?

At your local bowling club the coach may give you free coaching.

5. Can I use the same bowls everywhere I play?

For outdoor bowls you should be aware that bowls are designed for specific conditions, primarily green speeds. The bias of the bowl enables perfomance which favours play on either slower or faster greens. You can use the same bowls on all types of greens however bowls will me most effective on the greens they are designed for. Please note that there are specific bowls for playing indoors.

6. Do you need a different bowl if you are left-handed?

No, this is not necessary at all.

7. What are old style bowls and are they still legal to play in Australia?

Yes . Henselite bowls made and sold in Australia prior to 1988 are the same bias as our Classic Model (not Classic II) which is still sold overseas but not in Australia as the demand is for the narrower bias bowl.

8. Where can I purchase Henselite bowls?

Henselite bowls are stocked at all good bowls shops and some general sports and clothing retailers. For your nearest bowls shop, go to our Stockist page.

9. Why should I play lawn bowls?

Lawn bowls has given people of all ages the opportunity to exercise both indoor and outdoor in a social or competitive environment coupled with the physical exercise aspect that medically has proven to give longer life. Lifting, bending, walking and, in some cases, sprinting down the green to the rapturous applause of team mates, friends and in some instances thousands of spectators gives both the body and mind a euphoric experience that few sports can offer over a life time. Many families have introduced their children to lawn bowls at a tender age. What other sport is there that can have 3 generations of one family play together and experience each others company for hours and feeling bonded to one common goal.

10. Tips from the masters?

Click for the hints and tips page for assistance with performance and technique from Henselite's coaching consultant, Lachlan Tighe.

11. What's on special?

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12. What's new?

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13. How do I select the right bowl?

Selecting a bowl is a very personal thing. Of course there are quite a few things to consider when making your choice such as size, weight, bias, shape and grip. But a key determinant is the green speed where you will be playing and you will need to ask the coach at your local bowling club about this. Greens in the southern states tend to run slower than those in more northern parts of Australia. A faster green means that the bowl needs to be rolled to take a lot of grass (rolled toward the jack in a wide curve ) which makes the bowl take 14 - 19 seconds to reach the jack. Conversely on slower greens the bowl should be rolled to take much less green (in a slight curve), which means the bowls take less time to reach the jack say 10 - 14 seconds.

One way to get the right size, shape and weight is to wrap both of your hands around the widest running surface of a bowl so that your middle fingers touch at the bottom and if your thumbs touch at the top that is your size. If, when bowling, the bowl slips out of your hand or the bowl drops onto the grass then you should move down in size until you are comfortably in control of your bowls.

14. Can I have a bowl made with my personal logo?

Yes, ask your bowls retailer about ordering a set of bowls with the personal logo you would like or selecting a specific logo from our extensive range.

15. Can I buy bowls without an engraving?

No. Bowls by law, must leave the factory/distributor engraved with the same engraving on both sides of each bowl in the set. The engravings must be visible at 1.5 metres.

16. Where do I get advice on the correct size and type of bowl?

There are many sources of information to help you selecting bowls from the specialised bowls shops in each state, sports stores and particularly the bowls coach at your club who is familiar with green speeds and other local conditions.

17. What is the range of bowls sizes?

Under WB laws, bowls are sized from 00 (4 5/8"or 117.5 mm) to size 7 ( 5 1/8" or 130.2 mm). However sizes 6 & 7 are not made by Henselite today due to lack of demand.

18. What is the difference between indoor bowls and lawn bowls?

Indoor bowls are played on carpet and lawn bowls are played on lawn or synthetic surfaces.

In Australia there have been two different types of bowls made specifically for indoor play. Since 1945 Henselite has supplied 4 inch indoor bowls for play on a standardised 30 ft x 6 ft felt carpet. Until 2007 Henselite supplied 4 ¾ inch indoor bowls with a special bias to Queensland clubs who played on a 24 ft x 4 ft 6 in felt indoor carpet.

There are also some bowlers who play on a 45 ft x 9 ft felt carpet using regular lawn bowls.

In New Zealand a 3 7/8 inch bowl is used on a 24 ft by 6 ft carpet that is of a different construction again to the ones used in Australia.

Other groups and clubs in cold climates have felt on the floor of their club houses and bowl indoors with their lawn bowls when they can’t bowl outside. Some of these even have 'ditches' made into their floors for the ends of the rinks!

19. Where is my nearest bowls shop?

Click on the Stockist page to locate your nearest bowls retailer.

20. Why should I buy Henselite Bowls compared to others?

To become an expert in your field doesn't happen over night, it takes practice. And we have had plenty of it. Henselite is a 4th generation family business and we have been making bowls for over 80 years. Throughout this time we have been constantly innovating and refining our engineering and manufacturing processes.

Henselite developed the first plastic compound bowl in the world. Our statistics from retailers show that Henselite bowls are the least often returned under warranty due to breakage, fracture or imperfections. Henselite lawn bowls are AUSTRALIAN MADE and manufactured to our exacting quality standards, providing each bowler with exactly matched, consistently precise set of lawn bowls.

21. Are Henselite bowls Australian made?

Henselite is the only trusted and innovative Australian lawn bowls manufacturer with over 80 years of experience. 

Henselite is an Australian owned company and all our lawn bowls are manufactured in Melbourne, Australia. We are proud to be part of the Australian Made campaign which recognises Australian products which have been locally manufactured to our high quality standards.

22. Why do bowls sometimes have a hollow sound on impact?

If a bowl sounds hollow on impact, there is a gas pocket inside it which may eventually cause the bowl to break. This is very rare but if it happens to your bowls, return them to the place of purchase and they will arrange for a warranty claim to be lodged with us.

23. Does the legal bias of a bowl last the duration of the stamp?

We suggest competitive bowlers get their bowls checked regularly as wear on the running surface of the bowl can straighten the run of the bowl.The legal bias of a bowl is subject to the original narrowness of the bias, its use and the condition of the greens where they are used. There is very little safety margin in the bias of the narrowest legal biased bowls and it is possible the bias may become illegal because of wear.

24. How does the bias work?

The bowls are shaped so that the widest part of the running surface is off centre. Therefore the bias of the bowl is produced by the rate at which the bowl 'falls' to the smaller or lower side.

Old wooden bowls sometimes had lead weights in them to assist with making the bowl heavy enough and to assist with bias. However, in those days each bowl in a set was numbered so that the owner knew how much grass to take with each bowl. (Grass: degree of angle off centre that a bowler directs their bowl in order for it to finish up in the desired position on the green.)

25. Does the legal bias of a bowl last the duration of the stamp?

Subject to the narrowness of the bowl, its use and condition of greens where they are used. There is very little safety margin in the bias of the narrowest legal biased bowls and the chances are the bias may only be legal for 2-3 years because of wear. We suggest competitive bowlers get their bowls checked regularly as wear on the running surface of the bowl will straighten the run of the bowl.

26. What does the date stamp mean?

World Bowls requires that licensed manufacturers and licensed testers put the registered 'World Bowls Stamp ' either on the small end or between the inner and outer rings of the bowl. This stamp validates that the bowl complies with all the regulations and specifications of World Bowls. Introduced in 2002 the stamp is now used on all new and re-tested bowls.

The stamp is a requirement for the bowls to be valid for use in major competitions under the control of World Bowls or any Member National Authority.

Prior to the 2002 introduction of the World Bowls stamp, bowls were stamped with the stamps of the International Bowling Board and prior to 1988 bowls had the stamp of the major countries.

27. Do bowls have to be tested?

In the past that was the case but today, there is no need for testing bowls unless they are being used in major events such as state titles or international events or as nominated in the entry form.

28. What does the map of Australia mean on older bowls?

This was the official stamp of the Australian Bowls Council, the controlling body in Australia because the bias standard was greater than that of the International Bowls Board (IBB). IBB is now called World Bowls (WB). The Australian stamp was dropped in 1993 when all bowls were stamped with the oval WB stamp which is now stamped on all bowls. The stamp still has a 10 year duration.

29. Is there a difference between black and coloured bowls?

Yes. Black is harder, more wear-resistant and more colour stable. Coloured bowls are made from a different material.

30. How do I care for my bowls?

Click for tips on caring for your bowls .

31. Are scratches covered by manufacturers’ warranty?

No, scratches are not covered by any bowls manufacturers’ warranty. Bowls scratch particularly when played in wet conditions, after a green has been top dressed, on greens with little grass and particularly on some sand-filled synthetic greens.