There is very little research on the biomechancis of the lawn bowls delivery. Bowls are commonly delivered using either a forehand or backhand technique. The purpose of this study was to compare the pelvis, trunk and upper limb kinematics of the forehand and backhand lawn bowls delivery. Elite lawn bowlers (n=18) who were competing at international level performed a series of forehand and backhand lawn bowls deliveries on a simulated indoor bowling rink. Differences were found between the delivery types for pelvis and trunk segment angles but there were no differences in upper limb frontal plane joint angles at the shoulder, elbow or wrist. It was concluded that the backhand delivery is executed with a more upright technique, possibly affecting weight transfer during the delivery stride. The similarity in upper limb kinematics suggests coaching drills that focus on the upper limb can benefit deliveries on both the forehand and backhand.
Middleton, Kane; Webster, Kate; Birse, Samantha; and McClelland, Jodie
"FRONTAL PLANE ALIGNMENT DURING FOREHAND AND BACKHAND LAWN BOWLS DELIVERIES,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 38
, Article 121.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol38/iss1/121