If you are going to take the sport of
Petanque seriously, and it is a sport, as in all sports you should avoid alcohol before and whilst
Ensure that you have a snack before you start playing, a lot of energy is burnt throwing boules around, and especially during hot weather, plenty of liquid refreshment.
To prevent pulled muscles and strained ligaments, do muscle stretching and warm up exercises, before starting to play.
To the untrained eye our terrain appears to be flat and featureless but it is full of character with its dips, hollows, slopes, ruts and bumps. Even the more experienced players often fall foul of an uneven stony area, maybe there is more luck than skill required to play on our piste.
To improve your game and develop a range of basic techniques requires regular practise. Regular practise of 15 - 20 minutes each day is better than an infrequent 2 hour session.
Follow the reminders on technique, tactical tips and practise sessions in this section.
Before attempting any of the following standard skills and exercises make sure that you are doing them correctly, get the coach to check your technique before you practise on your own.