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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most frequently asked questions are below but remember you can always email us on info@taylorbowls.com if you have any other enquiries.

The Basics

What is lawn bowls?

Lawn Bowls is a vibrant and accessible sport that can be played and enjoyed by all ages, both indoors and outdoors.  Lawn Bowls is popular world-wide and, because of its competitiveness, skill and the fact that it is a non-contact sport, the game suits people from teen years through to their nineties.  For an in-depth overview, see About Lawn Bowls within The Clubhouse section.

If you are interested in taking up the sport, pop into your local club for a chat.  If you’re not sure where your nearest club is, our Links section might help direct you to your country’s governing body as a good starting point.  For advice on the best bowl for you, ask your local retailer or view our bowls online.

About Taylor Bowls

Where can I buy Taylor Bowls and other Taylor branded products?

We have done our best to provide an easy to navigate, comprehensive list of all Taylor Bowls distributors and stockists worldwide in our Stockists section, and we are constantly updating this.  If you can’t find a stockist, please don’t hesitate to email Head Office on info@taylorbowls.com and we will point you in the right direction.

Why would I choose Taylor Bowls over the other brands available?

“I use the ACE – it’s a good all-round model, suitable for any position from lead through to skip and reliable in any situation both indoors and out.”

Andy Thomson

“There is a Taylor Bowl to suit every playing condition.  I have confidence in all the models and regularly switch between them.” 

David Gourlay

What are the options for engraving on my bowls?

While your local retailer will have a selection of pre-engraved bowls for you to choose from we aim to be as flexible as possible, allowing you to specify engraving to suit you if placing an order with us.

A selection of our most popular emblems are shown here, however an extensive variety – around 3500 – are available, please ask for details when ordering.

We are also able to engrave special orders, including engraving on the outside edge of the bowl between the scores and the grip.  Further details and costs available on request.

Do Heavy and Medium Weight bowls have a different bias?

Heavy weight and Medium weight bowls run with the same bias. Medium weight bowls tend to run on further on slow greens. Heavy weight bowls are more suitable for indoor or fast outdoor surfaces.

If a Bowl chips – is this a manufacturing fault?

If a bowl gets chipped, this is not necessarily a manufacturing fault. The chip may have been the result of a bowl striking a sharp object – a stone in a ditch or a nail etc. Most chips can be repaired but Taylors would ask you to return any damaged bowl for inspection and analysis.

Why are some models only available in certain countries?

While some of our models are suitable on any surface and in a variety of conditions, others are developed specifically for conditions in a particular country or for a particular surface.  The Redline-SR, for example, is ideal for most southern hemisphere conditions, but not suitable for the UK.

Legality, Testing and Stamping

What is the 'Master Bowl'?

The 'Master Bowl' is a working reference bowl that all manufacturers and testers use to determine the legality of new and existing models via a table test. All of the current Master Bowls are produced by Taylor Bowls.

What does the stamp on my bowls mean? / How old are my bowls?

This is an oval shaped stamp designed for the new World Bowls Limited. It is an essential requirement for bowls to be legal for competition play. The letter 'A' on the stamp signifies that the bowls were made by Taylor Bowls in Glasgow. The Manufacturing date of the bowls is 10 years before the date stamp on the bowls i.e. Bowls stamped '22' were manufactured in 2012.
Each bowl in a set should carry an identical serial number.

Is the date stamp on my bowls valid for competition play?

Please check with your relevant Bowling Association, as different rules apply for different Bodies and in different countries ie., Men/Women and Indoor/Outdoors.

Where do I get my bowls tested and stamped, and what is the cost?

Taylor Bowls will Test and Stamp your bowls at their Glasgow factory. The timescale for this is currently 2 days and cost for 2012 is £25. Please contact our office to confirm the timescale as this may vary dependent on Production demands and the time of the season.