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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PETANQUE BOULES?

When you purchase petanque boules, there are several factors to consider:

  1. The diamerter (the size of the boules)
     
  2. The weight of each boule
     
  3. The stripes (design on each boule)
     
  4. Type of steel of the boules
     
  5. The hardness

 

  1.    The diameter

 

When selecting boules, we have to make sure we are choosing the right size for our boules. The size depends on the size of your hands. The regular diameter offered are 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 et 76 mm. Here are some idea of how the boule should fit in your hand :

 

Boule too small

Boule too big

 

Right size

 

In general, a good indication of the sizing is done by taking the measure of the maximum spread between the thumb and the major finger as illustrated below. This ruler can help you select you size as it is shown at the right scale

 

 
 

  2.    The Weight

 

In general, men choose a boule weight between 700 and 730 grams and woman, between 680 and 710 grams.

The pointers (get close to the jack/target ball) prefer a weight between 710 and 730 grams. A heavier boule stops faster.

The shooters (aim directly on the opponent boules in order to take them out of the play) prefer a weight between 680 and 700 grams. A lighter boule requires a softer effort and a more precise movement. 

 
 

  3.    Stripes

 

The stripes are used during the game to recognize boule from each others. It’s a question of personal preferences. A smooth boule (no line) doesn’t grip in the hand. A boule with stripes will grip stronger on hard grounds as well as in the hand.

In general, the pointers prefer a striped boule and shooters, a smooth boule.

 
 

  4.    Type of steel

 

The quality of the steel is also a question of personal preferences.

Solid stainless steel has the following qualities :

  1. Top quality
  2. Lasts longest
  3. No oxidation
  4. Occasional cleaning
  5. Soft touch of the inox

Carbone steel coating :

  1. Suitable for players looking for a rougher touch
  2. Chrome or black coating will diappears with use because of friction s on ground
  3. Requires a regular light cleaning and oiling to avoid corrosion
 
 

  5.    Hardness

 

The softer a boule is, the less it rebounds on hard ground and the less it recoils when performing a high lob (which is a big advantage when playing), but it gets easier marked from shocks.

A hard boule is suitable for soft grounds and it guarantees long lasting boules.

Good players and especially good strikers prefer softer boules.

A semi-soft boule is the most all purpose boule, suitable for point as shoot on all types of ground.

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