Welcome, Guest. Please Login
SLINGING.ORG
 
Home Help Search Login


Page Index Toggle Pages: 1
Send Topic Print
Ring vs Bird Finger (Read 1033 times)
mgreenfield
Funditor
****
Offline



Posts: 509
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Gender: male
Ring vs Bird Finger
May 25th, 2004 at 5:07pm
 
I've tried putting the retained cord loop on my ring finger, and my "bird" finger.   LOTS!! easier to make really pretty point-first spinning launches of football-shaped glandes with the loop on my ring finger.    FYI I'm a lefty launching underhand.    I hold only the released cord knot with my thumb and forefinger.    mgreenfield
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
Hobb
Senior Member
****
Offline



Posts: 329
Denver, CO
Gender: male
Re: Ring vs Bird Finger
Reply #1 - May 25th, 2004 at 5:44pm
 
I like the wrist retention.  I've got friends who've worn blisters on their fingers from finger-loops.  Although, When I'm using my peruvian sling (my current favorite), I put the loop on my middle finger (right-handed overhand cast).  It just feels weird on my ring finger.  I haven't noticed any differences in how the missile is released.
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
Matthias
Past Moderator
*
Offline



Posts: 1418
Gatineau/Ottawa QC, Canada
Gender: male
Re: Ring vs Bird Finger
Reply #2 - May 26th, 2004 at 12:00pm
 
THAT's interesting. I wonder how flight is affected by choice of finger/wrist.

Next question is do you pass the cord outside or inside (palm side) your hand. I've honestly never thought of trying it outside - my first slings never had retention loops, so I just held the cord in my hand, with the retention cord passing between my index and "bird". Release end was held by my thumb only. Come to think of it, this is still the way I sling instinctively. Only use a full hand release with tassels...

Something new to try next time I'm at the beach.

Matthias

- oh, and I use pinky
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
mgreenfield
Funditor
****
Offline



Posts: 509
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Gender: male
Re: Ring vs Bird Finger
Reply #3 - May 26th, 2004 at 9:35pm
 
The loop on the retained cord is on my ring finger, and is not held in my hand at all.   The difference in "action" on the glande is best seen if the glande is a well shaped miniature football.    They will fly point-first with a perfect rifle spiral.  Very pretty to watch!   I form glandes out of potters clay, which I just let dry instead of firing them in a kiln.   Wet they're 76grams.  Dry they're 65grams.  mgreenfield
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
JeffH
Senior Member
Past Moderator
****
Offline


Don't stand behind me,
I'm about to sling!

Posts: 354
Memphis, TN
Gender: male
Re: Ring vs Bird Finger
Reply #4 - May 27th, 2004 at 1:04am
 
I believe the release style which works best for a person is affected by several things, not the least of which is how a persons body works due to how a person has lived and worked.

I can't sling overhand with any power.  My shouldders simply don't work that way.  I also find that letting the retention cord hang off one finger to be a very uncomfortable style.

I have (until recently) always held the retention cord with my ring finger and run the cord across my middle and index fingers.  When I held the release cord, both cords were being pinched together.   A few weeks ago I made several slings from some very stiff leather and 1/8" diameter nylon cord.  This cord would not be very comfortable slinging large stones, so I make a wide finger loop from some 4 ounce suede.  Very strong, but soft.  I put this loop on my ring finger and across only my middle finger, letting it go out between my middle and index fingers.  This seems to be working well, but I will report later after more slinging.

jeff <><
Back to top
 

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone. (1 Samuel 17:50)
 
IP Logged
 
Page Index Toggle Pages: 1
Send Topic Print
(Moderators: Masiakasaurus, Rat Man, Mauro Fiorentini, Curious Aardvark, Chris, Bill Skinner, David Morningstar) - (Moderator Group: Forum Moderator)