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Choosing the right balls

Which type of player be you ?

There are three great families of balls according to the post occupied by the players :

  • The Pointer
    The pointer plays rather with balls of small diameter (71 to 74 mm) to offer less surface to the gunner, enough doors for a better control (700 to 740 gr.), hard for a better longevity and striated to facilitate its stop on difficult ground.
  • Medium
    The medium plays rather with general-purpose balls of a diameter (72 to 76 mm) and of an average weight 680 to 720 gr.), semi-tender and little striated. It is the best choice also when one often plays two and that one thus occupies only the post of pointer and gunner.
  • The Gunner
    The shooter rather plays with balls of large diameter (74 to 78 mm), light in order to limit tiredness (670 to 710 gr.), try to limit the rebound and to support the squares… and smooth to avoid “hanging the ball” in the hand at the time of the shooting.

How to choose the diameter which is appropriate to you ?

For that, you provide with one meter or a rule and measure the distance between the end of your thumb and that with your major open hand. Think of measuring the hand which will hold your balls. It any more but does not remain you to defer you to the table to below have an idea of the size of the balls best adapted to your morphology.

16 cm 17 cm 18 cm 19 cm 20 cm 21 cm 22 cm 23 cm 24 cm 25 cm
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80

Notes : Think of well measuring the hand which will hold your future balls. Moreover, according to the station that you wish to occupy or your own preferences of catches in hands, these advised sizes can vary more or less unit…

Which metal to choose ?

  • Stainless : hard, tender or 1/2 to tend, it is undoubtedly the metal which requires less maintenance. Do not rust, excellent behaviour in hand
  • Steel : hard, tender or 1/2 to tighten, not leave not your balls to moisture. To avoid the nuisance of the points of rust, you can slip them into a rag very slightly oiled. Very good behaviour in hand, recommended for moist skins.
  • Bronze : special alloy, it is a very tender, “hot” metal with the hand. Recommended on very hard ground (bituminous mix/gore rammed). Important: the more tender one ball is, the more the risks of marking on the surface are important. In the same way, the nature of certain grounds can érafler surfaces the tender or very tender balls of them.

Which hardness to choose ?

The hard balls are especially used by the pointers. They have a great longevity and agree with all the types of ground.
The gunners prefer the tender balls because they rebound less at the time of the impact, which is particularly appreciable on hard ground and for the “squares”.

Why personalize its balls ?

To engrave its name or its initial on its balls can, at first sight, come out useless. But makes some, this personalization can prove often very useful to find its balls more quickly when several players have the same ones. Moreover, another considerable advantage is that it limits the interest of your balls for badly disposed people.

These councils are inspired by the site Petanque710.


First of all define your role in the play: Pointer of head, Gunner of head or General-purpose .

  • Pointer

You must preferably use “hollow” balls, as effective in plays covered as on more irregular external grounds. You can also “work” your balls with wish.
Choose a ball of not very large diameter (90 to 95) and of poid known as “heavy”: on average, 30 to 40 grams with the top of the minimum manufactured by diameter. Choose balls rather charged in scratches.

  • Gunner

It is imperative to draw with “scraping” balls of which the interior load by displacement of the centre of gravity at the time of the impact on the ground, suprime the rebound. That represents a large advantage. But notice: it will be necessary imperatively, and despite everything, “right being” and “in the “fifty”. For the choice of your diameter, use the test suggested below. The weight is recommended light: minimum manufactured by diameter or 10 grams with the top. Indenting will be not very charged.

 Quel diamètre choisir ?

  You are pointer
The ball being taken in the two the joined hands, palms, the two major ones must meet and never overlap. 
  You are gunner
The ball being taken in the two the joined hands, palms, the two major ones either jointed, or are spaced of a variation not exceeding 1 cm. .
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