“Shall we have a game” – the Sociable petanque Sinner

By Mr.Bordsenius at 2006-07-28

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.

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