Great shooters must have both a good physique and a strong mindset. Shooting is a spectacular movement that requires a lot of concentration from the players. It requires more energy than the point and it involves your whole body. In this tutorial, you will get all the fundamentals and basics needed for shooting practice. In the following lines, we will only speak about pure technique, the mindset remains a chapter in its own extension. Then before learning the shot technique, I advise you to learn how to point first, do not hesitate to read our tutorial about the point by clicking here : How to point
When you shoot, your feet should be anchored to the ground, several positions are possible :
Most of the time, players adopt a position which is a mixture of what we explained just before. Once again, it's up to you to find the one that suits you best : find the one that gives you the best stability and the best pendulum possible. Also find the position that wearies you the least ... Watching the great champions will allow you to understand many things.
The pendulum is the key to success in shooting !
To shoot a boule, you know that you have to keep your arm as straight as possible to success, and it is the pendulum in what allows you to do so. Let me explain : when you swing your arm without moving your chest, you will notice that it naturally makes a circular (curved) movement. Now try to swing your arm using your bust : you easily manage to get a straight gesture.
Do you mean a player such as Dylan Rocher or Didier Choupay ? Thanks to their gesture, they give impulse to the boule and they waste less energy by using their pendulum (torso and arms) to shoot. They achieve excellent results by exerting minimal effort. Therefore, they can stay efficient for longer.
In petanque, there are 2 types of shot : soft shot and power shot. Depending on the ground, you may prefer to choose one or the other. If the ground is rather soft (for example very sandy), then we will choose to shoot in force so that the opposing ball will be sent as far as possible. Buf if the ground is hard, a soft shot will result in more "carreau" (see the glossary in our tutorials for more details). In addition, you should know that power is linked to precision : the harder you shot, the more precision you lose.
You may come across good pointers who do not train their technique, but as far as shooters are concerned, it is essential to train regularly so that the gesture becomes as mechanical as possible. You can train on your own : just create your own workshops. Please see some examples :
There are 3 shooting techniques :
Everyone will tell you : learn to shoot "plein fer", or "full face" as some say. This has 2 advantages :
Shooting is not innate, it takes practice, and your own experience will determine your gesture. But don't you worry : you won't encounter many players who are consistent in shooting around you. We all have our weakness and there are days when without understanding we do not success any shot ... You have to be positive and adapt your game to your mood of the day. Finally, if you also have effective shooting training methods, please share them with us !
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