Bowling device 'a great bloody thing'

Rotary Club of Dunedin South president Jo Morshuis inspects bowling arms in Dunedin Lawn Bowls...
Rotary Club of Dunedin South president Jo Morshuis inspects bowling arms in Dunedin Lawn Bowls Stadium in Tainui with (from left) life member Bruce Hendry and members Mac Blaikie and Keith Robinson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Dunedin lawn bowlers struggling to get down to deliver have been invited to try a device designed to extend their playing days and keep greenkeepers happy.

Dunedin Lawn Bowls Stadium life member Bruce Hendry said the club had a selection of ‘‘bowlers’ arms’’ in a mix of sizes for people to test on the stadium green in Tainui.

‘‘We are here for people who want to try them.’’

Bowlers who were finding it harder to get down, or balance, to deliver a jack or bowl were entitled to use the equipment.

The arm places the bowl cleanly on the green for a smooth, balanced delivery.

Rotary Club of Dunedin South gave the stadium $1000 to buy four bowlers’ arms.

Stadium member Mac Blaikie said a bowlers’ arm allowed someone with an injury or a condition, such as arthritis, to continue playing the sport.

He began using a bowlers’ arm about two years ago.

‘‘I’ve got a dodgy back and hip and I can’t get down to bowl, and I’m starting to get some arthritis in my hands.’’

The bowlers’ arm allowed him to stop taking pain relief to finish a day of bowls.

Stadium member Keith Robinson said he had a bad back and started using a bowlers’ arm about three years ago.

‘‘They are a great bloody thing.’’

When a bowler struggled to get down they tended to drop a bowl on delivery, which could damage the green.

‘‘The greenkeepers moan when you do that.’’

A bowlers’ arm stopped players dropping bowls on the green, he said.

Mr Hendry said anyone who wanted to try a bowlers’ arm and talk to Mr Blaikie and Mr Robinson could call the stadium on (03) 456-1144 to arrange a time.

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