VOTE: Worthing bowlers invent jack tool

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WITH the Bowls England National Championships just days away, a couple of Worthing bowlers have invented a tool they hope could change the way people play the game.

John Searle and Bryan Hartley, of Oakley Road and Gaisford Road, have invented the Easy Jack, which allows people to place the jack in the correct position on the green with a lever which has a gripping device on the end.

Previously, players in charge of positioning the jack needed to bend over or move it to the centre of the green with their feet.

Aimed at making bowls easier for the many older players who have mobility problems, and to make the game quicker for players without, the Easy Jack claims to let bowlers grab the jack and centre it “in one smooth motion”.

The idea for the invention came to John and Bryan, both 69, 18 months ago when they played matches away at different clubs and found players had made make-shift versions of the invention.

John said: “We noticed quite a few bowlers playing skip (the player who keeps score) had difficulty in placing the jack, either through mobility or breathing problems. We play at different clubs and one club had a bamboo cane and a plastic cup, and another had an old golf shaft and a tea strainer, so we thought about making the Easy Jack”.

The Easy Jack, which is now on sale, will be on display at the Bowls England National Championships, being held at Beach House Park, in Lyndhurst Road, from Saturday (August 11).

To read the full story, see the Worthing Herald on sale from today (Thursday, August 9).

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