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WikidLikwid
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Member Since: 26th May 2005
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Posted:Hey I was curious on how people with their own styles hold their poi?

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spiralx
spiralx

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Location: London, UK
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Posted:Between my thumb and forefinger?

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coleman
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Posted:yep, same here - like you hold your front door key when you're about to put it in the lock smile


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fluffy napalm fairy
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Posted:gripped in my hand like a baby hanging onto a rattle biggrin biggrin

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Sniper
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Member Since: 24th Jan 2005
Total posts: 663
Posted:either tied to my handles or between finger and thumb for buzzies

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oli
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Location: bristol/ southern eastern devo...
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Posted:wrapped around my fingers for anything shortned or just grabbed in my hand.

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simian
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Posted:loads of different ways

i find when i stick to one method for too long (like the door key style which i prefer), i end up getting hand cramps and/or blisters.


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Durbs
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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England
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Posted:I don't have my own style sadly... wink

But yes, different grips for different moves.
Or not gripping it at all - which opens up lots more moves biggrin


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linden rathen
linden rathen

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Location: London, UK
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Posted:depends - if i have handles i use first and third fingers (most of the time somtimes first and second)

with my socks i hold the knot between first and second unless im doing a buzzsaw when i hold between thumb and first :P


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pricklyleaf
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Location: Manchester
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Posted:With my socks I weave them in between my figers otherwise my hands hurt, handles are wonderful things!

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Disc0
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Location: Sweden
Member Since: 3rd Oct 2004
Total posts: 160
Posted:one big hoop: around 1st and 2nd finger.. i don't know how to explain, but i kind of twist it before i put it on so it can't slide of.
double hoop: 1st and 2nd finger, or sometimes 1st and third

no hoop. (flags without handles and sock poi): between thumb and first finger.


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nearly_all_gone
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Posted:I can't seem to get a decent grip on my socks if I don't hold them "front-door-key"wise... but I get massive cramps in my thumbs. frown So not much socky action for Mr Me.

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upsidedown
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Total posts: 32
Posted:when spinning double finger loops i use my index finger and my middle finger (swearing fingers), if im useing single finger loops i have them over the same fingers, socks i clamp in between my swearing fingers, but if im doing buzzsaw in use the front door key method

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alien_oddity
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Posted:whats the "buzzsaw"???

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Gnor
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Posted:Dunc suggested playdoh in the end of the socks and its actually really nice to hold onto. Long socks give room to tie one knot, then playdoh then another knot. Its kinda soft and malleable to hold and weights them a bit for catches. Well throws, catches implies they are caught.

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WikidLikwid
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Member Since: 26th May 2005
Total posts: 2
Posted:i cant do the key grip bc im afriad itll fly out of my hand...im just looking for my own comfortable style and its really difficult so im just asking for opinions from other stringers so ya....W.L.

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Puresock
Puresock

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Posted:Written by: ravehead

whats the "buzzsaw"???



Do a search :P


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Dunc
Dunc

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Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:Written by: gnorc
Dunc suggested playdoh in the end of the socks and its actually really nice to hold onto



Works v nicely indeed smile But credit is to Rossco Bossco not moi

Written by: WikidLikwid
cant do the key grip bc im afriad itll fly out of my hand



They shouldn't fly out (unintentionally) if you practice, you can't do anything till you practice wink I don't have loops on my fire either, just small monkey fist knots to grab and it's no problem.....be brave smile


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Incendi
Incendi

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Location: Jacksonville, OR
Member Since: 23rd Jun 2006
Total posts: 3
Posted:It depends on what handles I'm using.
Rings: around the index finger
Knot handles: in my fists kinda like holding onto rope, so the cord comes out bewteen my thumb and index finger
My nylon handles and leather ones: around my middle finger

But yeah...depends on what I'm using


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shen shui
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Location: aotearoa
Member Since: 4th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1799
Posted:knots are great in socks to hold on to.. i find the knot method rather beneficial due to the slowly continual stretch of the common sock.. the knots help maintain a constant length. give you something to hold on to. something to counter-balance the weight of the head when you do throws.

if you get cramps i would say that you're either holding on too tight, or havent done enough knot-holding (or door-key holding :P ) to train your muscles sufficiently... smile


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Fishtankalpha
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Member Since: 6th Aug 2006
Total posts: 5
Posted:Three fingers on the right hand (weaker, though I am right handed), two fingers on the left hand. All in loops. Frgt handles. If I use my thumbs, I pull them tight against the area just left of my index knuckles--sorta bone-to-bone ... no flesh ...--and I push on the hoops.
I find that blistering is a problem, for beginners, but after a while, the hands grow strong to the friction, and the hoops just feel good. hug

And that's my special method. weavesmiley ubbangel


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kash
kash

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Member Since: 22nd May 2006
Total posts: 166
Posted:My fluffy poi, fire poi and flags have double loops, I put them over my index and ring finger (1st and 3rd) so the poi come off the back of my hand. After watching scales of poi I am inclined to try it facing off the palm though.

I had huge issues with my sock poi, they kept slipping and flying across the garden (I really didn't want to have to go to the neighbours and ask for my poi back). I tried tying a knot, but it was never big enough and I had to grip too hard which led to cramp. I tried tying a loop, but it tightened as I span and then...... I applied my sailing knowledge and tied a bowline in the end (it's a knot you use for tying up boats, notorious for not slipping http://www.tollesburysc.co.uk/Knots/Bowline.htm
)it's ace, holds really well. I put it aroud my 3 fingers, then put my middle finger over it like figure 2 here http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach.php/3_7_7)
which gives a level of consistency in the way I handle my different poi.

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UCOF
UCOF

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Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
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Posted:I dont like fingerloops.. or handles.

I like cones.



preferably with ice cream in.

and a flake.



bounce



Im with the thumb and forefinger posse. Keeping it real. umm


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Muskelunge
Muskelunge

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Location: Chicago
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Posted:When I have double loop handles, I use second and third fingers, coming off the back of the hand.

With socks, I hold the very end between my 3rd and pinky fingers, then wrap the poi around my hands once, then grip it with the key method. This ensures that the poi stay at the right length, and reduces the cramping work my thumb and forefinger have to do.

My preference, though, is to use one larger loop. I hang it from my 2nd and 3rd finger, pointing down towards my palm, then split these fingers apart and feed the cord back up through them, so it pokes out of my fingers around the second knuckle bone. I believe I have heard this grip referred to as the kite grip. It allows for comfortable control, and it requires no effort to keep it on your fingers; as the poi spin, they tighten the handle around your fingers, ensuring a firm, easy grip.


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Bzrael
Bzrael

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Location: Istanbul
Member Since: 24th Jul 2004
Total posts: 45
Posted:depends on the move. if im doing a buzzsaw, its between thumb and forefinger, if its like a btb butterfly thing then they come out between other fingers and end of my palm (little finger). most of the time though, i hold them between the middle and forefinger

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z0b0t
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Member Since: 27th Nov 2007
Total posts: 1
Posted: Written by: kash


My fluffy poi, fire poi and flags have double loops, I put them over my index and ring finger (1st and 3rd) so the poi come off the back of my hand. After watching scales of poi I am inclined to try it facing off the palm though.
I had huge issues with my sock poi, they kept slipping and flying across the garden (I really didn't want to have to go to the neighbours and ask for my poi back). I tried tying a knot, but it was never big enough and I had to grip too hard which led to cramp. I tried tying a loop, but it tightened as I span and then...... I applied my sailing knowledge and tied a bowline in the end (it's a knot you use for tying up boats, notorious for not slipping http://www.tollesburysc.co.uk/Knots/Bowline.htm )it's ace, holds really well. I put it aroud my 3 fingers, then put my middle finger over it like figure 2 here http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach.php/3_7_7) which gives a level of consistency in the way I handle my different poi.



Hey, thanks a lot kash! i just got my first pair of sock poi this week and have been having issues holding them securely, especially after using my flag poi with already made handles. I found this knot to be the most effective and its way easy to take out and adjust ---so thanks! I would definitely recommend using this method to anyone having the same difficulties. Also, i found it really comfortable to use the bowline to make a really small knot at the end and put my pinkie through that and put the sock in my palm then hold the poi with my index and thumb (i think this is sometimes called the front door key method)


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la_genie
la_genie

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Member Since: 17th Jan 2008
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Posted: Written by: kash


I applied my sailing knowledge and tied a bowline in the end (it's a knot you use for tying up boats, notorious for not slipping http://www.tollesburysc.co.uk/Knots/Bowline.htm )it's ace, holds really well. I put it aroud my 3 fingers, then put my middle finger over it like figure 2 here http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach.php/3_7_7) which gives a level of consistency in the way I handle my different poi.


could you take a pic of the bowline as its tied to the sock it sounds good but i cant form a mental pic.
thx


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Meeshka
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Member Since: 30th Dec 2007
Total posts: 13
Posted:Hmm. With chains, I nearly always use the loops, middle finger and ring finger.

With fabric, I usually either wrap it around my hand or just kind of grab it.


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Shaemon
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Location: Lancaster
Member Since: 28th Jan 2008
Total posts: 7
Posted:I just grab the handle between my thumb and my forefinger. I find this is the most natural way for me to hold my poi but sometimes I let go slightly and a poi goes flying! >.<

Sometimes I will also use the finger loops on my forefinger and middle finger, depending on how I feel and the move I am doing.

The string on my poi sometimes rubs against my forefinger making it sore, so I am still experimenting with the best way of holding my poi.


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Mr_Joe
Mr_Joe

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Member Since: 27th Aug 2008
Total posts: 59
Posted:In a similar method to the playdoh one I've tied bouncy balls into the end of my socks for use as handles.

I think that's my suggestion to anyone who gets cramp from holding between thumb and forefinger; make sure you've got bulky enough handles, so you really don't have to close your fist very hard at all. smile


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Location: In my backpack
Member Since: 16th Jul 2005
Total posts: 291
Posted:Three different ways of holding the poi is what I use.

1: One finger in each loop. (I use salza`s dubbelloop handless)
2: The chain in the bottom of and between your point finger and long finger, with straight arms.
3: One finger in each loop and the chain around your hand and hold it between your thump and the point finger for nice precicion,.......


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