The softer a boule is, the less it will bounce on hard ground and the less it will rebound when it hits another boule in a "carreau" (direct stun shot), which is a considerable advantage in a game, but it will be marked more easily by impacts.
• The Hardness + boule is the most effective for an attacking player today.
• Good players, and especially shooters, prefer the softest boules.
• For an amateur, the half-soft boule is the most versatile, suited to all types of ground, to shooting and pointing.
THE DIFFERENT HARDNESSES
To meet the needs of all kinds of petanque players, Obut uses steels belonging to two main categories:
+"Hardness +" boules
An exclusive new Obut technology!
"Hardness +" boules were created by using steels with high internal resilience and a tempering process that is unique in the world, developed with the aim of significantly reducing the "internal resonance effect" of the petanque boule.
The hardness + boule also has an extraordinary capacity for absorbing shocks, particularly on very hard ground, when pointing with a "plombé" (or very high lobbed) trajectory, and its rebound will be minimal when making a direct hit on a "plein fer" lobbed stun shot.
It has the playing behaviour of a "very very" soft boule, whilst boasting a wear resistance comparable to that of a traditional half-soft boule.
This is the perfect boule for attacking play on difficult terrain, for good petanque players, whether pointers or shooters.
½ T"half-soft" boules
Considered as being the most versatile for both shooting and pointing on all types of ground, these boules combine the best performances with good resistance to impact marking.
This is the ideal boule for all-rounders and for Jeu Provençal.
TTT"soft" and "very soft" boules
The softer a boule is (hardness close to, but never less than 110kg/mm² or 35 HRC), the less it will bounce on hard ground and the less it will rebound when it hits another boule in a "carreau" (direct stun shot), which is a considerable advantage in a game.
But it will be marked more by impacts.
Find out more about boule hardness
To be used in official competitions,
after meeting all the requirements of their specifications,
petanque boules must be approved by :
• The International and French Petanque and Jeu Provençal federations (F.I.P.J.P. and F.F.P.J.P.).
The hardness of the boules must be over 35 HRC (110 kg/mm²),
that is to say they must all be tempered.