Disability Bowls Equipment

There is a large variety of disability bowls equipment and accessories available to help players. As a result, we show here a selection of the most widely used. There is a plethora of other accessories, bowls towels, spray chalk, score cards, clothing, shoes, etc. All are available brand new from a variety of suppliers, nationally. Some equipment, aids, and accessories may be available second-hand, purchasable through bowls clubs and on-line. Importantly, great care needs to be taken buying second-hand, ensuring they are fit for purpose, in good working order and safe.

Types of disability bowls equipment

Bowls lifter, booster, and bowling arm

Dependent upon the size, bowls vary in weight between 1070 – 1580 grms (2lb 5oz – 3lb 7oz). Certain physical challenges can make picking a bowl up difficult, especially out of the ditch. The bowls lifter resolves this challenge and doubles as a jack lifter.

Similarly, delivering the bowl or jack can be difficult, therefore the use of a booster/launcher enables the ‘pushing’ of the bowl/jack.

Another option is the bowling arm. The video below shows the action and benefits of using a bowling arm. These are available in different lengths to suit your height. Bowling arms can also be used from a wheelchair using a short version.

disability bowls equipment- walking stick with large ferrule to aid stability

Walking stick users need a large diameter ferrule to spread the load when on the rink/green. Ferrules can be added to a wooden/aluminium walking stick. Collapsible versions are available. The use of a walking stick also aids stability during the delivery action.

Disability bowls wheelchairs and walking frame

Wheelchairs need wide wheels to spread the load to protect the playing surface. Some require a helper to push whilst others can be self-propelled. Two main types are shown – Bradshaw Bowls Buggy and Para-handy. Battery-powered chairs have limited availability and are expensive. Wheelchairs are a very personal requirement therefore, expert help in choosing is highly recommended.

A new addition is the wheeled walking frame with wide wheels and ferrules.

disability bowls aid - bowl and jack pick up or lifter
Collapsible bowls and jack lifter
disability bowls - collapsible walking stick and bag
Drakes Pride walking stick and bag

disability bowls - Drakes Pride walking stick ferrule for mobility
Walking stick ferrule
disability bowls equipment  - bowling arm, different lengths
Drakes Pride Bowling arm, different lengths available.
Hunter DHB Hacksaw Bowling Arm
disability bowls aid for mobility Bowls buddy walking frame
Bowls mobility walking frame
disability bowls aid - Drakes Pride bowl jack booster
Collapsible bowl/jack booster
disability bowls aid - Thomas Taylor UBI bowls launcher
Thomas Taylor Adustable bowl/jack laucher
disability bowls aid - for stability, Thomas Taylor UBI bowls launcher
Bowl/jack launcher head
parahandy wheelchair for bowlers who cannot stand to bowl
Para-handy wheelchair
disability bowls equipment powered wheelchair
Powered disability bowls wheelchair

It is vitally important that we have the right equipment to help with our physical challenges and to help us play this wonderful game of bowls, safely. Bowls governing bodies recognise our need hence, we have shown only those approved for use in all levels of play.

EALABA does not sell these bowls aids however, our members are regular users of virtually all these aids in one form or another. Sometimes we have second user aids for sale, these tend to sell quickly and we advertise them through our News Posts.