to choose
your boule

Remember that to enjoy playing petanque,
you need to play with a boule suited
to the size and shape of your hand.

Take advantage of Obut's
experience and let us guide in your choice of 3-boule set.


01 Choose your diameter

The shape and size of your hand and the length of your fingers precisely determine
the diameter that suits you best.

Good grip of the boule

with the fingers together

The thumb slightly bent
A diameter that suits your hand

Boule too small
it catches in the hand

Boule too large
it slips out of the hand

Boule of correct diameter

Measure the length L
of your middle finger
as shown
in the diagram below

Select your length

Shooter, pointer
or all-rounder?

If you play
choose « All-rounder »

The pointer is the player who lobs the team's first boule. He will prefer to use boules with a smaller diameter to make it more difficult for the opposing shooter.

The all-rounder is the one who plays as pointer or shooter when one of the others has no more boules.

The shooter is the one in charge of knocking the opponents' boule away from the jack. He will prefer boules with a larger diameter which give him a bigger striking surface.

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02 Choose your weight

You are

A woman
A man

your own weight

85 kg
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  • 80
  • 90
  • 100
  • 110
  • 120
  • 130
  • 140

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03 Choose your quality of steel

For use in official competitions, pétanque boules must be approved by the F.I.P.J.P. after satisfying all the requirements of its specifications. They are 100% steel.
Choose from 2 main types of steel:

Choose your quality
of steel according
to your preferences

Coated carbon steel: requires the application of an
anti-corrosion coating at the end of the manufacturing process, which will wear with use and requires regular oiling to avoid it rusting.

Solid stainless steel: as the mass of the metal is
stainless steel, it is not liable to rust and will stay "cleaner" and shinier over time. It requires
only occasional maintenance.

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04 Choose your hardness

There are several degrees of hardness so that you can choose your 3-boule set according to how and where you like to play.

Bounce/rebound test

Choose the hardness
of your boule
to your preferences

Hardness +: An exclusive new Obut technology!
the extra hard (or "Hardness +") boule has an extraordinary capacity for absorbing shocks, particularly on very hard ground, when pointing with a "plombé" ("plumbed" or "high lobbed") trajectory, and it has minimum rebound after making a direct hit by a "plein fer" lobbed stun shot.

The “Hardness +” boule brings out the best in attacking play on difficult ground by good petanque players, both pointers and shooters.

Half-soft Considered as being the most versatile for both shooting and pointing on all types of ground, they combine the best performances with good resistance to impact marking.
This is the ideal boule for all-rounders and for Jeu Provençal.

Soft: The softer a boule is (hardness close to, but never less than 110kg/mm² or 35 HRC), the less it bounces, on hard ground, and the less it “recoils” when performing a high lob , which is a big advantage when playing.
But it is more easily marked by impacts.

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the boule that suits you

Your criteria

Your profile

The type of striations you have selected Smooth
Your personalisation Initials: ED

Characteristics recommended

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