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    Wouldn't Ts give a more accurate way of placing the jack?
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    Good question, why do UK greens not have lines like in Oz.
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    Great question Bilbo and one I have been asking for years. It would make complete sense and be far more accurate. I also would prefer to see a T at the 23 metre mark. This has caused some issues on the portable rink in the past.
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    The other option would be to do like soccer (football) and specify that the dots be the same diameter as the jack.

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    If you had a centre line down the rink for each colour that would be a lot of lines, 5 on our green as we have 5 colours that are moved every day. That might be off putting to some, but useful to others.

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    We have 4 options for centres. We only started marking a few years ago and haven't had any complaints. The lines effectively act as lines for side boundaries so there are fewer calls for measurements. Our members like them because we have a few people who are picky to the millimetre when centring, so it helps shave some time off our games (extra important as it's routinely 30+ in the summer here with humidices (humidexes?) over 40 being common.

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    But I assume that you are putting markings down on a natural grown grass green. If the green is cut three times a week and the direction of play changed each week then that is a lot of marking out to do. In addition I know of two clubs in Surrey who used to change direction of green at about 18:00 each day due to the low level sun in the evening being in the players eyes.

    Still if it works for your club good luck to you.


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    How to mark up a bowls green.
    Demands concentration to place the jack on the correct line - I speak from experience

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