From the outside it all looks so simple, pick up a bowl and roll it as close to the smaller white ball as possible.

When I went to Ross Bowling Club, I found that this was far from the case, and that bowls is a beautifully frustrating game.

Under the guidance of club members, Roger and Marcia Gwynne, I got to grips with the green. On the early throws, I was terrible, landing every bowl several yards away from the jack, which is the name of the small white ball that players aim for.

This is the point when bowls becomes more fun, more frustrating and more addictive, all at the same time.

For the full feature, see this week’s edition of the Ross Gazette.