Any Novocastrian knows that summer means one thing and one thing only,.
Barefoot bowls season.
Any Novocastrian also knows that it’s something to be taken very (very) seriously. But how to prepare? What outfit to choose? Where to start? And most importantly, how to win.
Because no one plays barefoot bowls to make friends.
1. Get your outfit sorted
Because of course, this is the most important part of barefoot bowls, especially because well… you can’t wear shoes so if they were your outfit clincher you better get sorted immediately.
The matching short and shorts combo is always one that we here at Newcastle Live recommend. You’ll look sharp, smart, and most importantly like you mean business.
As they say, dress for the job you want, not the job you have, and in this case, you’re dressing for the win.
2. Find your equilibrium
Surely it’s obvious that I’m talking about finding the balance between holding your beverage and bowling at the same time, yes?
We’ve done our research and beer/cider is the recommended drink of choice. The schooner glass is a little bigger, heavier, and sturdier (don’t even get us started on the plastic type!) and will balance you out nicely.
We’ve met a lot of seasoned players who won’t bowl without a drink in their hand.
3. Practice, practice, practice
Because practice makes perfect in every single sense. So start by bowling, obviously. Day and night, and in all weather conditions.
Summer gets hot, scorching of course, so you need to be ready and prepared. The next phase, of course, start loading up on your drink of choice, just because you’ve had a few, that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down.
So load up the dranks and find your limit. Hot hint, if you really want to get competitive, why not try mid-strength? Lol jk.
4. Get a training partner
Because bowls are better with friends, and many events require a strong teammate. Choose wisely however because this is the person whom perhaps you’ll be spending the majority of the summer with. You want them to be reliable, funny, and someone who can hold their booze (oh and I guess they can bowl too).
5. Inspiration, dedication, preparation
Head down to your local bowling club, sit, wait, watch, and learn. You’ll get some great outback inspiration and some super-duper important technique and tips.
It’s pretty much the best thing you can do to prep for the season. Seasoned wisdom and all that.