THOMAS TAYLOR "REDLINE" WOODS .....
Has anyone in the Southern hemosphere (Australia) used a set of Redline Thomas Taylor woods - if you have could you let me know any technicalities about them and any disadvantages. Additionally can anyone tell me if they are legal with the EBA
Response Number 1 :Posted by Jim Bird Friday, January 11, 2002 at 12:35:01 (EST):
I do not think they are legal in your country,
They are trying to ban them in the UK.
They are far to straight.
Response Number 2 :Posted by jellybean Monday, January 28, 2002 at 22:52:09 (EST):
you odviously don't know what you are talking about jim, as they are legal until they fail a protest.
Response Number 3 :Posted by Sarge Sunday, February 03, 2002 at 02:58:10 (EST):
We have two members in our club down under that use redline bowls and they handle them fine and take reasonable grass. We play on greens running from 12-18 sec. On slow greens naturally they or most narrow bias bowls run very narrow.
Response Number 4 :Posted by Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 16:39:03 (EST):
i for one have redlines and being only 15 years old i find them to be much, much to presice. i think that they would be a good bowl for an experienced bowler as they do not have any give or le way when bowling. thay are much to precise bowl.
Response Number 5 :Posted by Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 23:11:59 (EST):
I thought that one of the main challenges in lawnbowling was to get the bowl with a bias to the jack and just watching the bowl going a way out at an angle and then coming in to the jack in that last little hook certainly gives me a great deal of pleasure(I use a set of lignoid and legacy). If lawnbowlers want to have bowls that have little to no bias, they should take up tenpin bowls. Why not standardise the bias or put a limit on how straight a narrow-bias bowl can go?
Sincerely, Ron Maclean, Corvallis, Oregon USA
Response Number 6 :Posted by Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 02:49:21 (EDT):
there are set limits to the bias of lawn bowls.
it just happens that redline are the straightest legal bowls sold.
if you don't want to use them, don't.
Response Number 7 :Posted by Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 23:36:36 (EDT):
During a visit to the UK I tried to purchase a set of Thomas Taylor Redline Bowls from a little shop at Frarmbrough Village. At that time I was told that they were not for sale in the UK. A decision made by the manufacturer, NOT BY EBA or any other authority.
Do not take any notice of misinformed bowlers, THEY DO NOT RUN STRAIGHT, they have a bias that is narrower than Classic II or any bowl of similar ilk.
Try them your self and contact the manufacturer for more information.
Response Number 8 :Posted by Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 06:59:57 (EDT):
i use redlines because ,the narrow profile of the bowl gives my arthritic hand the best grip,and enables me to keep to a reasonable size bowl, of course the line taken is narrower but certainly not straight,you have to adjust as you do to different speeds,greens and weather,thats the art of bowls.if you don't get a kick out of achieving your shot on a regular basis,well perhaps tenpin,or even croquet.thos
Response Number 9 :Posted by Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 21:43:01 (EDT):
Ihave a set of redlines and enjoy them they are legal you still have to still take grass but the advantage is when you drive
Response Number 10 :Posted by
I have a set of Taylor Bowls and have been using them happily for 2 years. Let me say that you need to take grass as with any bowl.
They are good drawing bowl but it is still up to the bowler to take grass and judge the weight of delivery.
Response Number 11 :Posted by
i think finliners should be band in all parts of the game. internactional nactional and club leval. the hole point is to drew using the bius not bye playing skittels there the most jokes woods in the world anyone who plays with them are not i repeat not a good bowler at all.
im 18 and i play with size 4 medium woods
and i been playing for 9 years.
Response Number 12 :Posted by
Who tawt yu?
Response Number 13 :Posted by
I've just been reading some of the response to using Taylor Redline bowls. Now I've been using these bowls in Western Australia for the the last four years. I belong to Rockingham bowling club, where we have 3 outdoor synthetic carpet greens, which run at speeds between 15 and 16 seconds rain or shine. I also play on various grass greens around other Perth metropolitan clubs, these grass greens can run anywhere from 13 to 18 seconds depending on how they are prepared. Usually when its around 13 seconds thats normally winter time or after a day or two of rain. I can assure you bowlers out there that the taylor redline to me bowls very well indeed , the only problem I have sometimes is when we have a strong south westerly seabreeze blowing. Sometimes if you catch the wind ok they will still draw ok, but sometimes will hold out. Now that also applies to other narrow bias bowls as well including dreamlines, drakes pride, and greenmasters. Even my old classic 2's would have to bowl them basically straight up and down in the case of a strong south westerly, but in normal conditions when there is just a breeze blowing you still have to take grass with the taylor redlines, now thats the red dot redline which was the original,next was the taylor redline that I bowl with, then the new redline SR which at the moment is the flavour of the month out here in Australia. The Taylor Redline XTL has even a narrower bias than the redline. The taylor vector and Vector VS is also a popular bowl in Australia but not as tight as the redlines but narrower than the Taylor Ace. Hope this is some help to you fellow bowlers.
Response Number 14 :Posted by
This ribbon started 2002. I just want to keep it going. I had a set of SR's, used them for half a season and traded them. I got the feeling that they were not all the same. Wind is a problem for them, but, as has been mentioned, is a problem for all the narrow biased bowls. I bought a set of Drake Directs; good bowls and very consistent line, but still get blown about in the wind. I am now looking for a set of Thomas Taylor Vector bowls size 5. I have a set of size 2 bowls, same as my Drakes and they outplay the Drakes against the wind. Where the Drakes and the SR's could straighten, the old Vectors haven't and I have bowled them against both bowls. The old Vector's line is close to the Drake Direct, a trifle wider, but neglible.
How long do you reckon we can keep this going?
Good bowling and especially to those young guys...!
Response Number 15 :Posted by
After only 3 years having primarily playing winter & summer seasons (synthetic\Grass) with Vectors I've recently upgraded to Redline SR's. Its the best decision I've made, the green is not that much narrower than I'd normally be taking with the old Vectors but the draw on the redline SR is a nice predictable arc. The change over has drastically improved my draw game, but as always the bowl is only as good as the person delivering it. Kiwi Bowler
Response Number 16 :Posted by
I am trying Redlines for the first time, second hand 12 (2002) have used Vectas, my last bowls Henselite ABT EVOs size 3 was my best, gave Bowls away for a while, as I have Parkinsons, and sold them, just restarted playing, and looking at a second hand set Redlines size 3, even thought about Aces, maybe to wide? most players at my club use narrow bowls, and I am a little worried as to whether there would be enough turn, green speeds vary from anything from 12 to 17