In addition to the high level of skill required to play lawn bowls, to be successful bowler you need, among other things, good general health, balance, coordination, and motivation! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for lawn bowls, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a player.
You Need to have good Balance and Coordination
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in lawn bowls. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factor which was considered most important by the readers of this site was overwhelmingly Balance and Coordination with 70% of the vote. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.
You Need to be skillful with a Good Mental Game
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of lawn bowls, and the most important according to them are: skill, tactics, coping with pressure and motivation. The highest rated physical attributes are balance and coordination and flexibility. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Bowlers, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
4.6 Skill and Technique
4.5 Analytic & Tactical Ability
4.5 Coping with Pressure Situations
4.4 Balance & Coordination
4.4 Motivation & Self Confidence
2.7 Strength & Power
2.6 Reaction Time
2.4 Aerobic Endurance
2.0 Body Size and Composition
1.8 Speed / Quickness
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in lawn bowls, go here to add your opinion.