Lawn bowling, or bowls, is a fun and inexpensive game for men and women of all ages that can be enjoyed in your own backyard. The game, which has been around for centuries, is played with a target ball called a jack and heavier, slightly uneven balls that are rolled from a mat and aimed at being closest to the jack. Balls used to be made of wood but are now generally made of hard plastic or composite materials and are weighted so they curve when being bowled. Points are awarded for having your balls closest to the jack and there are various ways to score a game. Lawn bowling can be enjoyed by single competitors or by teams. All you need to enjoy the game is a set of bowls (from $30 to $70 online).