Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Varied Terrain Offers Up New Techniques

Petanque is in essence, a sport of the people, played on various surfaces: the dirt of the town square, alongside the road, in parking lots, and baseball infields - any semi-flat area will do.

This week, the Detroit Petanque Club will try out the sandy pathways that are distributed along the Detroit Riverwalk.

Tip: as in golf, there can be all sorts of hazards on the field: sticks, pits, soft/hard ground, rocks, the detris of life - and all quite valid and playable obstacles. Instead of removing these items, why not play with them in place - as the French have traditionally done for a hundred years. Pristine, smooth, and completely level surfaces are nice for billiard tables - but not for real petanque.

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