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Winning Petanque Blog post 28/10/21

This is a collation of all our coaching tips, practice ideas and information sheets concerning the sport of petanque. We will start off with general information and then as the items go on we will focus on Pointing, shooting, the roles of each player and Tactics. We hope you enjoy reading our insight into our game.

Winning Petanque came from a conversation with Micheal Hourcastagnou together with Phil and Dizzy Murray way back in 2000. During a sunny lunchtime the talk of boules came round to the best players in the country. How they knew things that beginners did not know. The beginners would have to learn the hard way! It was discussed that no real information was available to the new players and many were put off playing after the first few encounters with serious players. We decided to break down the barriers and give information on a monthy e mail. These Petanque tips turned into this website.

Our passion

We have been helping players select boule for over 26 years. Many have been from a starting point where they did not know they come in a range of sizes and weights let alone various metals. It has been a pleasure to see players develop in the game and enjoy the sport with the correct equipment. The sizing process can be tricky as each player is different and have different hand sizes. We feel it is not how heavy you are or how tall you are, it is all down to achieving a comfortable grip. This can have its own difficulties as the grip on a new boule and a boule having years of use can be vastly different. We have a hand size chart to gauge the hand size as well as a set of engineering callipers to accurately measure customers boules or a boule they have brought along that they are comfortable with. It can be more of a consultation than a transaction. Every player is treated as an individual. Many people enquire why we do not have an online shop facility, but it is a personal experience rather than clicking on the boule you think maybe right for you. We are always happy to help, it is a passion that drives us to sell the correct boule to the individual. 2022 is going to be an exciting year on the piste and we look forward to seeing you at our shop or on the piste.


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