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Posted by: dan stephenson) at 2008-07-20 14:30:49
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hi, would anyone know a good technique for throwing boule, should a player push throwing shoulder/arm down when swinging to keep it straight or just leave it naturally as i tend to lean to side im throwing from. Also the release, what part of the release does the thump control as i need to extend it staying level with my hand, should you release in front of your face(nose) or more towards your cheek on throwing arm? i tend to pull the boule left or slip it out of my hand? any help would be appreciated.


Posted by: dan stephenson) at 2008-07-20 14:34:49
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the boule slips when i throw 10metre or play a high loft i drop short 6m coche i drop 2m? sometimes i throw a boule above my head and over my head! thanks.

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Posted by: Jeff widen) at 2008-07-23 09:26:54
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First we need a few more bits of information:

1) Are you talking about pointing or shooting (or both)?

2) Are you always throwing from a standing position or also squat?

3) Are you left or right handed? You say the boule tends to pull to the left suggesting that you are right handed...

Jeff Widen
-Detroit Petanque Club

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Posted by: dan stephenson) at 2008-07-23 17:02:07
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hi, i pull the boule to the left if i try releasing right in line with my fac, its different if i release in line with my leg...yes i'm right handed, i'm also talking about pointing and shooting.


Posted by: joel grosse) at 2008-08-28 17:36:50
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if the boule goes over your head PLEASE consider buying a HEAVY DUTY

HELMET or install some CAUTION TAPE around the courts..

SO everyone can be SAFE....ALLWAYS remember,SAFETY FIRST!!!!




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Posted by: Jeff Widen) at 2008-07-26 21:29:39
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Using "english" spin on the boule and throwing purposely slightly opposite to the direction of the spin seems to make the boule roll straighter - I'm left handed, so when i execute a side-spin, the boule is spinning tot he right. So I point slightly more left than usual, this carries the boule in a straight line. But if I want the boule to hook right, I use lots of side (left) spin and this executes a sort of "s" curve (hook) to the right (useful for getting around blocking boules close to the cochonnet.


Posted by: le carreau) at 2008-09-09 18:30:29
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thanks for help, would you fellow petanquers say when you throw a boule would you make sure your shoulder is dropped as well as the arm pushed down to keep it straight? how would you say the arm works when you swing

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Posted by: dan stephenson) at 2008-08-03 17:18:09
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hi, thanks for reply. my actual question wasn't how to use spin, it was the fact that i cant play a high or long shot with out the boule slipping from my hand by catching fingers.

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Posted by: le carreau) at 2008-08-10 16:11:20
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hello...I also need help in releasing the boule as it never leaves my hand smoothly :(

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Posted by: Jeff widen) at 2008-08-11 14:40:17
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Offering tips on how to release a boule is a bit difficult and ambiguous when left to mere text...

...I suggest you watch the many petanque videos available on YOU TUBE - specifically the videos that involve top players at big tournaments - and watch their stance, their arm movements, and their finger/wrist configurations.

If the actual boule isn't throwing you off (too many stripes, too heavy a boule) then look at these videos and try our the top player's techniques.

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Posted by: le carreau) at 2008-08-11 15:47:42
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hello...thank you, i have watched loads of vids on technique, i just can't seem to grasp the release since i started playing again 5yrs ago after a 5yr break. i play with plain boule and 690 weight. my instinct is the size.

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Posted by: Jeff widen) at 2008-09-10 11:05:20
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oh, the release?

...well, it is VERY important that you DO release the boule else it won't go very far!

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