The basics of Competition Boules
The most important
part is that you have a good hold on the boule: 73 mm seems to be the average hand size. 71mm is very popular with lady players.
The most common weight is 700 grams.
Remember that 1mm is only 1/25th of an inch, and 10 grams only 1/3 of an ounce, so the differences are quite small.
are very much a personal preference.
boules play better as they have less rebound. But they may get
dented a bit over time.
boules last longer.The specifics of Competition Boules
All weights are in grams (g): 1 ounce is 28
An average 700 gram ball thus weighs 1 lb & 9 oz
All diameters are in millimeter (mm): 1
inch is 25.4 mm.
An average 72 mm boule thus has a diameter of 2-7/8"
Boules are either plain (like a billiard
ball ) or have a design in the form of grooves cut around the ball, to make it easier to identify them while you play. Designs may differ from one alloy to the other and manufacturers give them a number, or a code.
Official Regulation Size & Weight
Petanque is played with boules approved by the Federation and are subject
to the following conditions:
Article 2 of the International Rules of Petanque reads as follows:
a) The boules must be made of metal.
b) The diameter of the boules must be between 70.5 mm. (min) and
80.0 mm (max).
c) The boules must weigh between 650 g. (min) and 800 g. (max).
The trademark of the manufacturer and the weight should be engraved on the boules and must
be always legible.
d) The boules must not be weighted, sanded down or tampered with in any way, nor changed or modified after
production by the Federation approved manufacturer. However the name(s) or initials of the player can be engraved on them.
When you calculate the amount of possible combinations of weights, diameters and
patterns, it gives you a total of roughly 700 different varieties, per alloy!
Virtually impossible to have all in inventory at any given time, even for the factory itself. We therefore carry the most popular combinations.