Monday, July 20, 2009

Read Your Terrain or Suffer the Consequences

Today's games at Cadillac Square reminded me that an important variable wasn't taken into consideration by me and my team: the terrain (or surface) of the court.

Today's court was a whole menu of puddled gravel; bare patches; and pitched up (or down) surfaces.

We had boules flying well past the cochonnet, or far short; our boules were diverging in wide arcs left and right of our intended mark.

We were landing hard on swift (barely gravelled zones) and our boules were sinking the puddles of gravel well before the desired stopping point.

What does this mean? We needed to take more time to look at the ground, to have our team mates examining the landing zones and reporting to the player in the circle what was awaiting them.

Also, why not take a look at how your opposition's boules are flying. Watch the tracking paths made in the dirt. These visual cues are an important landmark for better boule placement.

Reading the court surface is as important as handling your boule throw because it is how the two interact that produces the resultant boule stopping location.

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