Lesson 6: Excercises

By Mr.Bordsenius at 2009-03-11

Various excersises to perfect your skills at petanque.

Pointing Exercises
Various exercises to perfect Shooting skills. This section introduces some very elaborate techniques and how to proceed in difficult situations which arise during a game with exercises to practice these shots.


• Playing First Ball – Your Boule in Front
• Boule in Front
• Boules in your Line
• Pointing for more Points
• Bumping


Exercise 1. Playing First Ball – Your Boule in Front
There is no more important ball played than the first. It sets the stage for the rest of the game. Most beginning and intermediate players try to throw the first ball right to the jack. More often than not, this ball goes behind the jack and leaves the front door open for the opponents to take control of the game. Look for a small rock, a leaf, or any other thing you can point to about 12 inches in front of the jack. The result is that your ball now blocks the opponents pointing lane. Often, your ball will roll past your chosen spot and get very close to the jack. This is okay but not ideal because now your opponents will shoot or it will give them a backstop to point against.


Exercise 1. Opponents Boule in Front of Jack
Place a boule 12 inches in front of the Jack at 8-10 meters. Often this ball is shot before pointing to beat it. A good pointer will throw directly in the direction of this ball and not intentionally try to slide his ball past. When his ball hits either side of this trouble ball, at least 50% of the time his will gently glance off and roll forward to win the point. Also, this trouble ball will have moved slightly to the side creating a clearer line to the jack. Even if his point hits the trouble ball directly on and moves it closer to the jack it is still to his advantage. Why? Because now his ball blocks the same line to the jack and the opponents will have to deal with his ball that now blocks the line. Now your team can shoot the trouble ball and own the point out-right.


Exercise 2. Boules in your Line
You can add spin to your ball to help you in this situation. Scatter some boules on your pointing line between the circle and the jack. Now look for any smooth donnée where you can land your ball which will get you closer to the jack than your opponents balls.

Once again, it’s important to remember that you only have to get closer to the jack than your opponents, not necessarily close to it. After all, it’s not a beauty contest. Just get your team out of the circle and the opponents back into it.


Exercise 3. Pointing for more Points
Scatter some boules in front and behind the jack with one of yours being the closest. For example, say you have the last 2 balls to be played in your hand. This exercise teaches you to not point onto the jack which will most likely cause you to lose the point that you already have on the ground. Point your balls toward your ball that has the point without hitting the jack.


Exercise 4. Bumping Your boule Closer
Place your opponents ball 12 inches in front of the jack . Now place one of your team’s balls adjacent to this ball but just an inch further away from the jack. Practice bumping your ball just enough to win the point. Play only hard enough to bump your ball into winning the point and soft enough that if you miss the bump, you will still earn the point. Some advanced pointers will “push” their pointing ball with their palm which causes forward spin. Done correctly, you will push your target ball in for the point together with the ball you just threw following in for a second point. Much lower percentage play on the hard dry ground of summer.

Shooting Exercises
Various exercises to perfect Shooting skills. This section introduces some very elaborate techniques and how to proceed in difficult situations which arise during a game with exercises to practice these shots.
• Back boule
• Side-by-side
• Middle boule
• Three boules behind one another
• Two boules touching
• One beside the other
• Three boules one behind the other

Exercise 1. Back boule- Your Boule in Front
Shooting the boule behind when the one in front belongs to your own team. Shooting along the ground will be useless. The importance of the arm-swing is to raise the boule high enough in the air.

Place two boules 6 meters away, one behind the other, 10 to 15 cm apart and hit the boule behind without touching the one in front.

After successful hits, the target set-up is moved another meter from the throwing circle.


Exercise 2. Front Boule – Your Boule Behind
It is possible to move just the boule in front by hitting it 'on the ear'. The space between the two boules and the distance are fixed according to the experience and skill of the players.

After successful hits, the target boule is moved another meter from the throwing circle.


Exercise 3. Side-by-side
Two Boules Side by Side a millimeter between them. Hit the target boule (first the right one, then the left one) right in the centre to avoid moving the other. Shooting on the side closest to the other boule will risk moving both. Shooting on the side furthest away from the other boule, there will be a rebound. The more the shot is off centre, the more the rebound will be to the advantage of the boule you were actually trying to remove.

After successful hits, the target boule is moved another meter from the throwing circle.


Exercise 4. Middle boule Three Boules Side by Side
As for the first case, trying to shoot the middle boule without touching the others.

After successful hits, the target boule is moved another meter from the throwing circle.


Exercise 5. Three Boules Behind One Another – Opponents’ Boule is in the Middle
They are 10 to 15 cm apart. To hit only the one in the middle, it must be hit from above and at the side to avoid it rebounding onto the boule behind. Shooting along the ground is, of course, clearly impossible.

After successful hits, the target boule is moved another meter from the throwing circle.


Exercise 6 . Three Boules One Behind the Other – Yours is in the Middle
They may also be a few millimeters apart. By striking the front one hard, the front one and the back one move whereas the middle one remains in place. The first will travel a greater or lesser distance according to how hard it was shot.


Exercise 7. Two Boules Touching – One Behind The Other
To remove only the boule behind, hit the first boule in the centre. To remove both, hit it 'on the ear'.


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