Holding the Boule
Whether shooting or pointing, the boule is best held in the palm of the hand facing the ground. This method can create a lot of backspin to help control the distance that your boule travels after it hits the ground.
When throwing the boule it is very important to examine the ground condition before you step into the circle. You must determine the landing spot of your boule and the path that the boule will take after it has landed. Backspin on the boule is necessary to control the distance the boule will travel after it lands. Depending on ground condition, you must decide if you should point in a standing position or a squat position. You must also know if the conditions require you to roll the boules, throw low-lobs or high lobs. You must look out for uneven terrain, stones and tree roots and know how to counter them. A boule in front of the jack is much better than boules that are behind. This acts as your defence and the possibility of a mistake by your opponents to knock your boule closer in their attempt to score. If the opponent’s boule is in front or close to the jack it might be best to get your shooter to clear away that boule before you point.
Position Of The Feet In The Throwing Circle
The position of the feet are important for balance as your feet are not allowed to leave the circle during the shot. There is no right or wrong way to stand as long as you have good balance. Your feet can be close together, one foot in front of the other or more spaced apart.
Normally shooting is best done at a standing position. There are different kinds of shooting. One option to shoot by throwing your boule a few feet in front of the target boule in order that it may slide and hit it. This is effective on very smooth, flat surfaces but it is hard to achieve if the surface is rough, sloping or if there are blocking boules in the way. Another option is to shoot straight and cleanly at the opponent’s boule. This is your only option if the ground is uneven. You may be able to achieve a carreau if you can shoot at the base of the target boule and your boule stays in its place.
To counter balance the throwing arm, you may hold another boule with the non throwing arm or to swing it in the opposite direction or holding it out to the side.
Pointing In A Standing Position
In a standing position, you must ensure that you are well balanced.. You must not lift your foot completely off the ground during your shot.
Pointing In A Squat Position
This position is particularly suitable when pointing short distances of 6 to 8 metres although you will see some experienced players point in this position regardless of the length of shot. In this position, you can read the ground conditions and determine the point of landing of your boule with more accuracy. Balance plays a big part in this position as some players may find it more difficult to squat.
The High Lob (La Plombee)
A high lob is a challenging shot to perfect. The feet are spaced apart for balance. Hold the boule with your hand by the side of your body, determine the spot where you want to drop the ball. Then you must be able to throw the boule to a substantial height in order that the boule can drop down almost vertically. Backspin is required to stop the ball from rolling too far upon impact. Good judgment is required to drop the boule on a predetermined spot. This method is very effective on uneven, rough ground, on soft ground or where there are blocking boules.