Just what is going on with bowls testing requirements?
I was of the opinion that when bowls were manufactured they were stamped with the WB stamp and were legal to use until the expiry of this stamp
Now,Just reading the 2008 Australian Open COP for the Australian Open and found that bowls now need to have a date stamp of 14 or higher.
I wonder what has caused the change as I believe stamp 12 was required as that was when the testing tables were standardised.
If the above is correct why then go to date stamp 14?
Is this simply another money making exercise?
How widespread will this practice become?
It will cost you $50 average for re testing of bowls in Aus and that does not include freight costs if you live away from the capital cities that have a testing table.
Not so bad I guess in England as you buy bowls so much cheaper than us, hence the unpopularity of Hensellite in its country of manufacture