Choosing your boule
Choosing the right boule is important. Firstly, once you know your throwing style, you need to choose the type of metal they are made from. Then you have a choice of size, weight, hardness and a number of striations (grooves). All of our boules are carefully manufactured and hand finished to ensure they meet competition standards.
There are 3 types of player: a pointer, who likes to land their boule close to the coche; a firer, who likes to fire an opponents boule out of the way; and lastly, most commonly, a mixture of both. For each player, the combination of size, weight and number of striations of a boule will be determined by their playing style, ensuring they get the most from their boule.
Types of metal
Carbon steel - the matt aspect of carbon steel boules gives good grip. The anti-corrosion blue or black gloss paint wears off quickly after a few games. Keeping carbon boules dry helps to prevent them from rusting but if they do happen to get damp, then a wipe over with light oil will keep them in good condition.
Stainless Steel - these boules will not rust, and therefore no maintenance is required. The smooth, satiny aspect makes throwing easier by allowing the boule to leave the hand more easily.
The diameter of a boule affects how much control you have and how comfortable you feel throwing it. Boules between 70.5mm and 80cm are allowed, however most people find their ideal size to be between 72mm and 76mm. If the boule is too small or too large, your control will be reduced and it will feel less comfortable. In general, the smaller your hand, the smaller the boule. Firers usually prefer larger boules than pointers. As a guide to find the right size boule, stretch out your throwing hand and measure from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your middle finger in mm. Then use the table below to find your ideally sized boule. If you would like any advice on boule sizing, please contact us by email at .
The weight of a boule affects how it reacts on impact. In general, heavier boules move less after impact and tend to take a straighter path. Weights between 680g and 800g are available, however most players find their ideal weight to be between 690g and 720g. Firers usually prefer lighter boules than pointers.
Below is a guidance chart but if you are not sure on the weight you require, then we can advise if you email us your height, weight and whether you are a pointer, firer or a combination of both, to .
Boules range in hardness from soft (115 kg/mm2) to hard (140 kg/mm2). Harder boules are more durable. Softer boules have a greater tendency to dampen rebounds but are more expensive due to the longer and more critical tempering process.
The number of striations affect your grip on the boule and also the way they roll after impact. In general, the more striations, the less the boule will roll after landing, and vice versa.
Firers usually prefer no striations, but pointers often choose a boule with one striation or more because this gives more control once the boule has landed. Below is a chart to help you choose the correct number of striations for your throwing style.
If the choice of boules on our site confuses you, then just pick the type and style that most players tend to use - you won’t go far wrong. The average player in the UK chooses a stainless steel boule, with a size of between 73mm and 74mm and a weight of between 710g and 720g. Generally, the number of striations (or grooves) would be either 1 or 2.
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