I learned orbitals with glowsticks on shoestrings. Orbits (as you've noticed) don't work so well with socks or thick string. Because they twist up easily. A thinner string works best, unless you are using swivels attached to or near your handle.
I've been trying to learn these for the past week. After watching Derek's tutorial he said air wraps were an absolute must first which i can do with socks quite easily now but anything with a string i struggle with. i guess its just trial and error i got some short lengths of cole cord with swivels and also a couple of 72mm balls, that's what i'm attempting on for now, i'll post the results!
Edited by lawliet (30/09/1211:48 PM)
Beginners do it until they can get it right, experts do it until they can't get it wrong.
I second Lone Wolf, the pod poi are super easy to do orbitals with. I think its a combination of the flow cord, and the poi being a decent weight, and of course the swivels which allow them to spin so nicely.
You need swivel handles. You'll be amazed at the difference! They sell swivel parts on here much cheaper than other places. I'm not so sure about attaching them to cones, I have cones I attach mine to socks or cords.