The Ancient and Exciting Sport of Irish Road Bowling
Irish road bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling, but you need room to run 10 or 15 yards. The game is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting (but not overly strenuous) sport! While it's very easy to learn, the sport can be challenging to master. Let us at WV Irish Road Bowling teach you how to play this game and provide you with everything you need to get started.
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Before football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf, there was Irish road bowling.
Irish road bowling is a game wherein a small iron and steel cannonball called a “bowl” is hurled down a 1 to 2-mile country lane. Throws can roll 250 or even 300 yards. Similar to golf, the player with the fewest throws to the finish line wins.
Excitement builds as two evenly skilled players match each other shot for shot for more than a mile. Often, these memorable matches, called “scores,” are decided by only a few feet or inches’ distance past the finish line, both players with the same number of throws.
The twists and turns of a narrow country lane, as well as the tilt of the road surface (the “pitch and camber”), provide a rich playing field for strategy and can spark spirited debate among the thrower, his coach (the “road shower”), and full-throated spectators.