Intala
Intala

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Member Since: 20th Jul 2005
Total posts: 86
Posted:I've been practising some new contact moves with my staff and I find my staff bouncing on various body parts, which obviously disrupts the spins (and the move). Is this just a sign of needing more practise or is there something I'm doing wrong?

Just wanna know if I just need to keep trying or if I'm busy learning a chucked skill and need to change my technique.

Love, Intala


Practise Harry, practise

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mcp
mcp

Flying Water Muppet
Location: Edin-borrow.
Member Since: 20th May 2003
Total posts: 5276
Posted:Yeah it's a sign you aren't doing the movement quite right. There is a case for bouncy contact moves, but only if you're doing it deliberately, and with controlled bounces.

It probably the case that you're not positioning the staff correctly in the move, and it's falling onto a body part instead of smoothly rolling / wrapping (or whatever) to that body part.

Try and work out the path the staff should be taking, and why it's falling onto the body part creating the bounce. Then fix it.


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Mynci
Mynci

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Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:ditto but another thing to look at could be your staff may have a slight bend as that can cause bounce too. straight staffs are important in contact.. biggrin

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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mcp
mcp

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Location: Edin-borrow.
Member Since: 20th May 2003
Total posts: 5276
Posted:bendy staffs will teach you how to not bounce the staff also, as well as highlighting when the staff is rolling and when it's not.

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.

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Suibom
Suibom

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Location: Oregon, USA
Member Since: 2nd Sep 2005
Total posts: 577
Posted:Also, make sure your staff is weighted properly. If you have too much weight on one side (due to screws and/or wick/pad overlap) then your staff will bounce as a normal part of it's rotation. This is a very frustrating thing and can destroy your learning curve.

For instance, the steve will begin to roll down your arm to your neck, start bouncing due to the weight offset, and then bounce right off your back/opposite shoulder. Since you need the staff roll to control the movement, it's difficult to compensate properly for the bounce.

The best way I know of to determine how well the staff is balanced is to do a clean free spin movement (like a burnoff spin) in front of you with as little verticle movement as possible. If you get enough air time in there you will be able to see how the shaft rotates in conjunction with the wicks/pads. If the staff is bobbing much during this free spin, then it's weight is not distributed well.

Hopefully that helps a bit.
Peace,
- Sui


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Intala
Intala

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Member Since: 20th Jul 2005
Total posts: 86
Posted:Thanks all. The staff is ok, I can perform some nice moves with it... it's just new moves that give problems. I guess I need a second pair of eyes sometimes.... time to meet up with other spinners wink.

Practise Harry, practise

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