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Message started by joe_meadmaker on Aug 1st, 2019 at 2:42pm

Title: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by joe_meadmaker on Aug 1st, 2019 at 2:42pm
The other day I was doing some slinging in my usual way.  I was standing in one place and throwing at a stationary target (or just in a general direction).  After a little while I decided to try something else.  On the uphill side of my yard there’s a swing set.  From where I was standing I tried to throw an ice ball through the frame (there’s only two swings, so it’s mostly open space).  The frame is pretty large, it’s about 9 feet (2.7 m) high and 12 feet (3.6 m) across.  I missed the first throw, and the second, but after that I started to get it dialed in.

This got me curious, so I moved to another spot in the yard and threw again.  Once more I missed a couple until I got used to the new distance and angle of the throw.  This has become a new challenge for me.  I started practicing throws from different locations in my yard, and I would ultimately like to be able to make every throw (or at least most of them ;)) while changing my position after each one.  My first goal is to get 12 in a row because that’s how many ice balls I carry in a bucket at one time.

Now I’m certainly not a great slinger, but this is more difficult than I would have expected.  As I mentioned, the swing set frame is a pretty big target.  But I’d like to keep that aspect simple while I get used to the moving around part.  Once I get more reliable at making the throws from different locations, I’ll make the target smaller.  Maybe I'll hang a rug or something between the swings.

Has anyone else done any slinging practice with the distance and angle of each throw constantly changing?

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Mersa on Aug 1st, 2019 at 4:46pm
Yes , I practice this way as I mostly practice while walking.
Same as a traditional bow , better to practice all distances and angles.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Morphy on Aug 1st, 2019 at 4:56pm
Ive always felt you should practice like you plan on using it. If that's target only, then practice like you would if you were in the Balearic competition. If it's hunting, then do lots of "stump shooting". Birds, do lots of aerial targets and so on.

One thing that is difficult for me is changing the height of the target. If you are used to slinging at a chest high target put one right on the ground and it can take away to get used to and vice versa.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Sarosh on Aug 1st, 2019 at 5:12pm
Yes.
I wish I could do what Mersa describes (walking and slinging) more often.
I was planning on making a video on that but since I have more important topics to address ::) here is a video on random training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_5nWKyRzKM


Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Kick on Aug 2nd, 2019 at 1:51am
I have started throwing from a stationary point and then, when I go and pick up the ammo, throw from where it's landed at te back of the target. Good way of keeping it interesting as well as good practice.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by walter on Aug 2nd, 2019 at 8:31am
I used to stump shoot for a while then stop and practice about an hour then back to roving. Hopefully will be getting back to that when the temperature finally cools down.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Rat Man on Aug 3rd, 2019 at 1:23pm
    Yes, I learned to sling while walking my  last pack of Huskies, Kali and Odin.  We were always on the move and slinging at different targets of opportunity.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Greenjay on Aug 3rd, 2019 at 9:11pm
I learnd by shooting acorns at squirrels in my back yard,nothing like a moving target to sharpen your aim

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Curious Aardvark on Aug 4th, 2019 at 10:32am
slinging at a moving target is completely different to slinging at a fixed target.

I'd say it was easier as each throw is a snap decision that just uses your hind brain.

The biggest problem with fixed target shooting is that after the first few shots - which are usually bang on. You start to consciously think about it, and that's when you start to miss.

I threw stones for a running bilbo for over 10 years. Never hit him, and as he was crap at finding stones I had to land them fairly close to where he was running towards.


Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by joe_meadmaker on Aug 4th, 2019 at 5:00pm
Thanks for all the input guys!  I'll definitely keep working with the randomized throwing distances.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Jaegoor on Aug 5th, 2019 at 3:47am
Eine sehr gute Übung ist es nur nach Gehör zu schießen. Ohne Sicht.
Bewegliche Ziele zu treffen ist ein super Gefühl.
Vergessen Sie das Gerede von Stilen. Sie werden erkennen, daß Stile fließend sind. 😁

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by joe_meadmaker on Aug 5th, 2019 at 9:51am
That's very interesting.  When practicing by ear, do you have another person nearby to provide feedback.  I imagine that a target hit will be audible.  But if the throw misses, it will be difficult to determine what adjustments you need to try to make.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Jaegoor on Aug 5th, 2019 at 9:54am
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N0263QMyMdU&t=95s

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by joe_meadmaker on Aug 5th, 2019 at 10:03am
That's excellent!
Although I picture myself walking around my yard, slinging while blindfolded.  The neighbors will think I'm crazy  ;D

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Rat Man on Aug 5th, 2019 at 9:08pm
Jaegoor, you are the man.  That's some impressive stuff!

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Jauke on Aug 31st, 2019 at 11:39am
I was slinging into a forest and hearing the loud thunks of rocks against tree echoing through the forest, and I was thinking how unsettling it would to be inside a forest and have the sound of a few hundred slingers slinging rocks into the trees. bangs everywhere..

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Kick on Aug 31st, 2019 at 11:57am
It's easy to forget when most of us are slinging alone, but a group of slingers throwing against a line of shields would be pretty loud and really pretty terrifying.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Jaegoor on Aug 31st, 2019 at 4:18pm
Es mag erschreckend. Aber hunderte slinger, verdeckt durch Schilde. Schießen Blei ohne knall.
Einen Pfeil sieht man fliegen. Ein Blei sieht man nicht. Vielleicht hört man noch ein surren vor dem Einschlag.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Jaegoor on Aug 31st, 2019 at 4:32pm
https://youtu.be/ILRBEqHMsrA

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Kick on Sep 1st, 2019 at 12:19pm
I still haven't made whistling ammo! I really need to get some golf balls and drill some holes. I don't have the space or equipment for lead.

Title: Re: Slinging at a target from different positions
Post by Jauke on Sep 5th, 2019 at 3:08pm
Slinging at different ranges makes it a lot more fun. A good slinger adjusts his throw to distance of the target by ''feel'' through experience. Since we do not have sights and the sling just being an extension of the arm,  even shots landing relatively close or in the same horizontal line of target at different ranges already shows the slinger can adjust correctly. I find Balearic style to work best for me for slinging at different ranges as I go, as I feel I got most control over the arc of the projectile, while less so with overhand styles. Overhand feels more suited for close range to me. Turkey throw or greek overhand, or fig 8 are my favorite close distance 'hunting' styles, with relatively short slings, while for general target slinging at different ranges I naturally swap to Balearic or a Balearic/helicopter hybrid.

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