Why Are Bowls Sprayed in Lawn Bowling?

Why Are Bowls Sprayed in Lawn Bowling?

According to the Santa Anita Bowling Green Club and the Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club, lawn bowling bowls are sprayed with a spray chalk to mark those that have come into contact with the jack. The jack is the small white ball used as a target in lawn bowling.

While touchers were traditionally chalked with an X mark, as described on MastersGames.com, the benefit of using a modern spray chalk is that it does not require anyone to come into physical contact with the bowls, which could affect the outcome of a game.

A bowl that has been sprayed as a toucher is not considered to be out of play if it falls into the ditch, which is a shallow trench that surrounds the bowling green. Members of bowling clubs often bring their own spray chalk, but in some clubs, it is a responsibility of a person known as the marker, a non-playing bowler who sprays the touchers and keeps score throughout the game.