Skip’s Challenge 1

You (red) are to bowl next and the head is as shown.
Where would you plan to send your bowl? And why?
The bowls are labelled to help you explain.
Write your solution in the form below and press SEND.
We will put the solutions together and let you see what others have said – and then you can argue about it.

 

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Responses up to now

Backhand – aim for red bowl b – gives you 3 outcomes 1. Hit correctly shunts b forward to Jack 2. misses b on right can shunt black a leaving red c near Jack. 3. Hits red a on right which could deflect and shunt black a

  Bowlers Responses Coach’s Comments
1 I would place my Red wood C between Black C and B. As black will try to get one more wood on the jack with his last wood. My last wood would knock the jack back to my red C. Good tactic
2 Mick would aim his next bowl to catch the left edge of his bowl “B” to knock it towards the jack and block the black bowl “D” from taking the jack. Okay
3 I would aim between black woods “A” and “C” to stop left of black “A”. Then aim my “D” bowl at the left of the jack to knock it on to my “C” wood. (Ha, as if I could!)

 

Difficult forehand shot but if a little heavy and short might knock Red A onto Black A pushing it back enough to gain shot bowl
4 Bowl to hit Red A. Hopefully to remove black A and protect the Jack from final black bowl. Okay – as 3
5 I would play a forehand to make enough contact on Red A wood. Red A would then take Black A out of the head. Hopefully Red A would roll through with just enough pace to stop close enough to the jack for shot wood. Okay – as 3
6 Backhand to push Red B onto Jack Okay
7 Backhand behind A and B to pick up the jack in case it’s knocked through with my final bowl to knock my own wood closer As 1 – good tactic
There is nearly always an alternative shot. In this scenario, Coach may have gone for the safer backhand shots as in responses 1 and 7. Placing Red C as the back bowl, either forehand or backhand is never wasted. However – if Red’s first two bowls had been played forehand and therefore the line had been found, then it makes sense to stay with the forehand shot as agreed in responses 2 – 5. If a little tight then Red C could wick off Red B towards Black A and may become shot wood. Black D has few options except for being placed as a blocker or bowling with some controlled weight if his advantage has been lost.