Seven deadly sins - sin 2:
This is often related to aspects already touched upon, usually players playing boules in quick succession, without checking the head, which can mean playing out of turn, without discussing with your team how to play and invariably not thinking tactically – how can you if you don’t know the position of the game, who’s holding, who’s got 2nd & 3rd, etc.
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Remember, Einstein’s 4th Principle, The view from the circle is deceptive. There’s always a foreshortening effect and if you walk to the jack, you’ll often get a very different view than from the circle.
Usually you want one or both team-mates at the jack, checking positions, telling you if you’re on or not
Here are a few classic examples your team should be thinking about.
- Always the basic question, “are we going to point or shoot?”
- The opponent’s first boule is close to the jack. Do you shoot straight away or “point one first, then shoot”?
- You miss a shot, should you shoot again?
- You point 2 or 3 boules and fail to beat the opponent’s boule, do you carry on pointing or do you shoot?
- The shooter want to shoot and the pointer wants to point – what do you do?
For some reason the worl championship in petanque is held in the buzzling metroloplis of Tahiti this year! So pack your swimwear and go there at once!
Finally petanque has found a new home, as a bar game! Althought it might take a few years befor the darts-boards get the boot and petanque moves in everywhere it has started to happen
The Financial times has finally understood that Petanque is the game of the future, with our long time friend Mike Pegg, International umpire. "It may not be the sunny south of France but even on a chilly Devon day, British fans are warming to the charms of pétanque"
This is a product we have mentioned earlier, just because it is sooooo French. A Tour de France petanque-set! This is more French than a baguette!
We stumbled across a petanque-game for the andoid-system. From the produces description:"Petanque in St Tropez is a 3D bowls game, as played on the mediterannean coast." We do not have an android-phone to test it on, perhaps one of you can help us out?
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