They are short and light usually, much easier to transport, easier to carry around to practice. Very good for baton style moves. Lots of little spins around the place. Good for doubles when you are learning, not so good for contact, because they are not very heavy, but it is possible. They do also need to be pushed a lot which means to keep the spin going you need to exert a lot more force and they are easier to burn yourself with as there are flames really close to you the whole time. It is also hard to hurt yourself when practicing if you whack yourself there is not a lot of kinetic energy behind it. It is not going to bump and leave a bruise as much as a long staff. A short staff is generally shorter than twice your arm length.
They are harder to transport unless they break down. They are really good for speed and for contact moves which roll around the body. The weight allows it to have its own momentum. It is harder to burn yourself, but much easier to whack yourself and leave bruises. The length of the staff can limit the number of moves you want to do, particularly if it is going to keep hitting the ground. So it is particularly a good idea to not have it much taller than yourself, but there are lots of people who have it taller than themselves and really enjoy it. Ground to shoulder height is a good length to start with.
Reged: Aug 2007
|11th Oct 2009 4:39 AM |
Would any one care to offer more insight on the sizing of double staffs?
Reged: Oct 2011
|21st Sep 2012 4:58 AM |
I am a 5'5 female and a beginner in contact staff. Not sure my height from my shoulder down as I probably would like to order the staff that length. What wieghts would you recommend for me? I'm unsure on this part, I don't want it to be too light or heavy as I need the right momentum on learning the contact moves.
Reged: Oct 2012
|24th Oct 2012 10:38 AM |
The correct sizing for double staffs depends on what tricks and styles you are going to apply. From the measurements you are describing, it seems that you are looking for staffs for "tech" style (using anti-spins) and moves with negative space (moving the end of the staff through your armpit and the space between your shoulder and neck)
Reged: Oct 2012
|24th Oct 2012 10:47 AM |
Heavier contact staffs will generally make contact moves cleaner, since the staff will have more of it's own momentum. However, they do whack you harder than the lighter ones! What I recommend is for you to get an aluminum staff with wooden inserts to weight the ends. In general, the larger the difference in weight between the center of the staff and its ends (ends being heavier), the slower the staff with spin and the more control you will have. If the center has more weight because of the material of the staff (steel) or if the whole staff has a core, the staff will spin faster and be less stable for contact.