Short Mat Bowls at Richmond Park Bowls Club

Short Mat Bowls

Short mat bowls an indoor sport where players attempt to score points by rolling a heavy ball along a flat surface. The object is to gain as many shots as possible by getting their bowls nearer to the jack than their opponents outscoring them. A modern variation on lawn bowls.

Short mat is played indoors, it can be an all-year sport as it is not affected by weather conditions.

The RINK mat is 40-45ft long and 6ft wide. A wooden block sits in the centre of the mat. Players have to avoid their bowl touching the block on their journey down the mat. The fine shape of each bowl imposes a ‘bias’ which in turn will cause the bowl to follow a curved path. The target ‘jack’ sits near the end of the mat.

Short mat can have a variable length time of play which is specified at the beginning of each game.

More information regarding this sport

Come and Play

Come and play short mat bowls at Richmond Park Bowls Club in Bournemouth on Thursdays and Fridays from 2pm-4pm.

No previous experience required for short mat bowls. Sets are available from the club. Short Mat Bowls is open to non-members. Just come along on the appropriate day and time. You will find a warm welcome.

Tea, coffee and biscuits always available.