Bocce ball techniques are all about bowling styles. Once you've mastered the three basic bowling styles, you'll know how to play bocce ball as well as anyone.
Bocce Ball Techniques: Lagging and Shooting
Bocce Ball Techniques: Puntata, Volo, and Raffa
Puntata essentially means "aim." This technique is also known as the gentle method. It's a lagging play, the simplest and most common play in bocce. The player's approach is slow and methodical, and the bocce ball is rolled with minimal speed in order to achieve the greatest possible accuracy.
Volo means flight, and it's one of the most dramatic of all bocce ball techniques. Known in English as the strong flying method, the volo requires the ball to be tossed high into the air with enough backspin applied at the moment of release that the bocce ball will stop wherever it lands. The volo is the most difficult bocce ball technique. It can be used as a shot or a very precise lag. Volo is illegal in court bocce because it can damage the playing surface.
Raffa is an idiomatic Italian word meaning foul. It's a fair play despite the meaning, though the opposing team will consider it an aggressive tactic (the raffa is also called the strong shot method). The raffa bocce ball technique is a strong shot intended to attack the opponent's position or disrupt a formation. It's played with maximum speed and force, and when properly executed, can greatly alter the strategy of a bocce game.