The seven deadly sins of Petanque - The seventh sin:
- “Shall we play?” asks the sinner.
- “No, let’s practise!” says the winner.
Of course, most petanque players enjoy “having a game”. The danger is that you never practise and develop your game, remaining at a plateau. This is a real danger if you only ever play with the same group of players and always on the same terrain.
Practising the basics, rolling, half-lob, high-lob, aiming for the landing spot, shooting boules, are important to help develop consistency in your play and to become an all round player, capable of pointing or shooting as the game requires.
You can use “social” games to practise, ideally in consultation with your team-mates. If you mainly point, practise shooting instead. If you mainly play rolling shots, play lobbing shots instead. If you usually play short ends, play long ends instead, etc.
However, games won’t always give the opportunity to practise all the different shots. Sometimes it’s a good idea to spend 20 minutes practising one type of shot, e.g. playing between 2 blocking boules, or spinning around an obstacle, shooting a back boule, etc.
There are lots of different Skills & Drills that you can use to provide a fun and varied practise programme. It doesn’t have to be deadly dull!
Why not devise a set of Club Standards for pointing and shooting and award Gold, Silver & Bronze medals to players who meet the targets. It’s fun to have a Best Player award and a Most Improved Player. Best Newcomer and similar categories offer everybody the chance to succeed.
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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