Bowls is a highly tactical game. This is one of its attractions.

It is not always about ‘drawing’ closest the jack.

Players must constantly anticipate what shot their opponents may play.
For example when a team has a few bowls behind the head, (behind the jack), the opposing team may see the need to place a bowl amongst these to cover the possibility of the jack being moved.

Similarly, if one side is already lying the shot, they may elect to play a guarding shot short of the target area to prevent their opponents from moving anything.

These are only two examples and there are many other situations, too many to discuss here, where tactics come into play.

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