Summer fun: 4 tips for getting started with pétanque

We told you a few weeks ago, pétanque will be the star of the summer. Today we offer you some basic advice to get started with pétanque, start well and quickly have fun.

DNow, everyone aspires to rediscover the joys of summer, the heat on the skin, cold drinks and special moments with their loved ones. More than a few weeks separate us from this enchanted parenthesis which is offered to us every year. Goodbye homework, work stress, winter blues and permanent frenzy! The time to take off the sweaters and choose your best swimsuit is coming soon. When preparing your summer bucket list, don't forget to put it somewhere the pleasure of pétanque games on summer evenings. It's time to learn about pétanque.

Do you not feel up to the task of facing your opponents? Specific glossary, choice of balls, position and movements, training exercises, techniques ... We tell you everything in these few lines!

Choice of balls

The first thing to do before starting bowls is of course to equip oneself, but you will quickly see it by going to the specialized stores, the offer is very diversified and it is quite difficult for the uninitiated to find their way around. You will have to choose your balls taking into account 5 criteria, weight, size, material, hardness and streaks. Regarding the weight, if in doubt, opt for compromise. The 650 to 700 gram balls are very suitable for beginners. For size it's easier, it must be well adapted to the size of your hand. As for the material, the stainless steel ball hardly rusts and requires little maintenance.

Choosing the right boules to learn pétanque

Newbies are often advised to opt for semi-tender balls who will forgive small mistakes ... The ridged ball grips better in the hand and allows you to adjust your shot. To choose well, do not hesitate to take them in hand to see which one best suits your body type. You need to feel comfortable grabbing them.

The lexicon to know to learn about pétanque

Pétanque is also a whole vocabulary that it is better to know to avoid the odds around the field. At first, avoid talking about the jack and instead prefer the goal, the stopper, the small one or sometimes even the penis. Also avoid talking about the sleeve. It is more a question of leads. Yes you shoot with an ironis that you have hit another ball directly. Finally, let's hope that you won't experience the ultimate shame of kissing Fanny by losing the lead with a terrible 13-0!

Position and movements

Be aware that the word pétanque means "tight feet". You must therefore stand scrupulously in the throwing circle, both feet firmly anchored to the ground and especially facing the jack. Then concentrate and unwind the wrist from back to front while swinging the arm forward. Don't be uptight. The throwing arm should release immediately. You can choose to be standing or squatting, depending on your style. But be careful, the pointer does not play squatting. Only the thrower may play while crouching or standing. Because there are two basic techniques. The pointer gets closer to the goal, while the shooter chooses to knock out the opponent's balls. And that's where the strategy comes in… "Are you shooting or pointing? »… A recurring question!

learn to petanque: posture of the bowler

Repeat movements

Our last tip would be to do not neglect training alone in his garden. It will allow you to gradually automate the gesture and unleash your full potential when the time comes. The pétanque ball is taken in the palm of the hand and is placed under the hand, the palm facing the ground. Feel free to repeat the movement over and over again until it becomes natural. Another thing to work on before hitting the courts will be determining whether you prefer to play standing or squatting.

You know everything to get started in the best possible conditions. This summer, you might be the king or queen of the pétanque court! On the condition, however, of learning to petanque.