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Get off to a good start in the new year               from Howard Jarrold

I heard two members talking about the line and how they aimed. One was adamant that one aiming point ( A on the sketch ) was all he used regardless of the mat position. This is patently wrong. I know a lot of members struggle with the concept of aiming points and line, so here goes.
First thing to understand is that your woods are the one fixed component in the set up. They have the same line regardless of how you deliver them. As a rough guide bowls travel two thirds of the way in a straight-ish line and one third on an arc leading to the jack. A good tip is to spend time and find out where your woods break and head for the pot. Depending on the speed of the wood the shoulder of the turn is arrived at a point where the bias takes over and the arc takes the wood to the jack, SAME ROUTE EVERY TIME. See line A where aiming point A has been used and the mat is on the T and the feet are in the same position EVERY TIME.
Mat position is now moved way up the rink and the feet position are correct. The delivery is sent out on a line to aiming point A and because the line your woods take is non variable they wind up short of the jack. See 2nd illustration. ( The same arc is used in both examples and is shown in the middle.) However if Line B and aiming point B is used the wood gets to the jack.
A few things to remember. I’ve used the backhand of a right hander as the example. The open hand takes a different line and you need to adopt the same feet position for all mat lengths on that hand, ( they are different on the open hand )
On shorter lengths there is a tendency to quit on the delivery. Keep the same smooth delivery and send the woods out. Trust the bias to do the work.
Follow through ! On short lengths that’s the first thing to suffer.
If it suits you to aim at a far point then carry on. I prefer a point about 6 feet from the front of the mat. This gives more of a feel to the delivery and makes line finding for offset jacks easier. I also find that there is far less tendency to bounce the wood.
Whatever you choose you will need to practice ! !
Submitted date - Thursday, 27 Dec 2018
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