Mechanical Bowling Arm

  • Mechanical Bowling Arm committee

Chairperson – Kay Underwood (South West Rocks)

Secretary – Neville Womersley (Woolgoolga) – click here (and then scroll down) for Neville’s contact details

Committee – Neil Bowes (Park Beach), Jenny Flynn (Sawtell), Paul Sloan (Port Panthers)

  • Tournament/development day notices

  • Upcoming Events

  • Do you wish to use a Mechanical Bowling Arm?

From May 2019 it is no longer necessary to get approval to use a Mechanical Bowling Arm or to obtain a doctors’ certificate.  However there are still some conditions that you need to abide by – click on link to Bowls Australia policy below.


Click here to download, save &/or print a copy of “2019 – Keep On Playing – A Guide to the Skillful  Use of Bowlers Arms”

Click here to download, save &/or print a copy of the Bowls Australia policy on Mechanical Bowling Arms and other equipement.

Click here to see some tips on our Coaching page that may help on using/learning to use a Mechanical Bowling Arm.


The following information relates to what arms are available – copied from the Bowls Australia website 29 April 2016.

Approved bowlers arms

Bowlers arms: a bowlers arm (pictured) is designed to assist a bowler who cannot continue to bowl without the aid of the artificial device and can be used in any competition within Australia.  Typically they are used where a person has hip/knee complaints which restrict their ability to bend down to deliver the bowl correctly.

There are currently three types of bowlers arms approved for use in Australia.  They are known as “The Bowling Arm”, the “Bionic Bowler Arm” and the “DHB arm”.  Each device is manufactured in several lengths and some include varying release mechanisms.

An affiliated member must gain approval to use an artificial device (bowlers arm) which can be completed by contacting your state/territory association.  A medical certificate stating that the affiliated member requires the bowlers arm to continue to participate in lawn bowls must accompany the approval form.  Once you have lodged your form with your state/territory association you will be provided with a means of identifying your approval status from your state/territory association.  This information will then be forwarded to Bowls Australia to maintain a national register.

The bowling arm category is part of the NMP and only BA licensed manufacturers are able to produce bowling arms for use in pennant and above competition. All National Merchandise enquiries should be direct to:

Att: Cambpell Derrick

National merchandising program coordinator

PO Box 52, Northcote VIC 3070

Ph: 03 9480 7100 Fx: 03 9495 0194



You can purchase a bowlers arm through the network of retailers listed on the Bowls Australia website by clicking through to retailers.