Bowling

Game Variations. 

Singles. 4 woods per player. First player to 21 shots wins. In the event of a tie, one extra end is played. Toss of a coin decides who plays first. You can, if you win the toss ask the opponent to play first. The toss of a coin is used in all game variations to decide who plays first. The exception is a friendly match when it is good manners to allow the visiting team to have the jack.

 

   2 Wood Singles. Players have just 2 woods each and play 21 ends (as opposed to 21 shots). The player who scores most shots is the winner. If the game results in a tie a coin is tossed to decide who plays first in an extra end. 

 

   Pairs. (2 Players per team) 4 wood's per player. Play 21 ends, the team with most shots wins. In the event of a tie, one extra end is played. Toss of a coin decides who plays first. You can, if you win the toss ask the opponent to play first.  

 

 Triples (3 Players per team) 3 wood's per player. Play 18 ends, the team with most shots wins. In the event of a tie, one extra end is played. Toss of a coin decides who plays first. You can, if you win the toss ask the opponent to play first.    

 

Rinks (4 Players per team) 2 wood's each player. Play 21 ends, the team with most shots wins. In the event of a tie, one extra end is played. Toss of a coin decides who plays first. You can, if you win the toss ask the opponent to play first.    

 

Australian Pairs. (2 Players per team) 4 woods per player. Play 18 ends, the team with most shots wins. In this version of the pairs' game the first two players bowl 2 woods each alternately. They then change ends with their partners who then bowl 4 woods each alternately. The players change ends yet again and the players who played their first 2 bowls then play their remaining 2 woods alternately. This version of the pairs' game is an ideal game to play when a novice as it gives new players experience in reading the head and directing their partner on what shot to play.  

 

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You will find some variations due to club traditions etc. For example in Kislingbury Club the over 60's singles we play 16 ends instead of the first 21 shots.   In the Tuesday & Friday club pairs league's we also play 16 ends.