It is very difficult to describe
techniques in a few words and keep it understandable, if in doubt ask the coach to explain.
Holding and releasing the Boule: Having made sure you have the right size boule for your hand, remember to hold the boule with fingers together. As you throw the boule, try and keep your fingers together and as you release the boule, again keep your fingers together, stretched out in a “follow-through” position.
Use your other arm, swinging the same as your throwing arm, helps to keep your balance and your throwing arm moving in a straight line and not across your body.
Some players have a tendency to throw with the palm under the
boule, rather than on top. The disadvantage of doing this is that you can’t put any backspin on the
boule and have far less control over it. Try and discipline yourself to start and finish with the
palm on top. The 'follow-through' position will help you maintain the correct position.
Some players inadvertently turn they hand when playing, starting with the palm on top but finishing with the palm underneath. This spins the boule, if you’re right-handed you’ll spin the boule clockwise, meaning it will veer to the left, vice-versa if you’re left-handed.
There are times when you might want to spin the boule, around an obstacle or blocking boule, normally you don’t want to spin the boule, as it won’t run straight. Spinning the boule comes later - for the moment, concentrate on throwing naturally, without sideways spin.
Techniques of Pointing: Rolling the boule so that it rolls most of the way to the jack. Usually played from a squatting position although players can bend from the waist if squatting is difficult. Best suited to smooth hard terrains and where there are no blocking boules.
The half lob boule lands about half way from the circle to the jack and rolls the rest of the way. Can be played either from a squatting or a standing position. Very commonly used to avoid rolling the boule over uneven terrain, where it will take a more unpredictable course.
The full lob boule is thrown high into the air with a lot of
backspin and lands fairly close to the jack, minimising the distance the boule has to roll.
Usually played from a standing position.