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Tennis ball sling tutorial
May 16th, 2011 at 2:07pm
 

This is one I used for a beginners sling class. Tennis balls are nice safe ammo for beginners to use and are easy to find once you learn to send them a long way.

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The pouch is of leather, 8 inches long and 3 inches wide (20cm x 7cm). The slits across the center of the pouch allow the leather to cup itself around the ball. These are made by making holes with a leather punch and cutting between them with a sharp knife to remove a narrow strip.

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The cords are of stout jute string from a gardening store, folded in half and reverse twisted by hand so the final cord is two strands thick. It attaches by pushing the folded end through a punched hole in the pouch from the outside, untwisting it and feeding the rest of the cord through the loop.

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The cord length is 25 inches (64 cm) each for a final loaded length of 29 inches (75 cm). The release cord has a double overhand knot and the retention cord has a perfection loop.

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Reply #1 - May 16th, 2011 at 2:16pm
 

There is nothing really special here, I just wanted to  document it for the FAQ thread.
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Reply #2 - May 16th, 2011 at 9:20pm
 
Actually, that is pretty d*** good!  It is easy to make, fairly cheap, easily adjustable and you can let the instructee make it or at least do most, or you can have half a dozen already made up for kids.  That is a great idea, do you mind if I shamelessly copy you?  Bill
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Reply #3 - May 17th, 2011 at 3:41am
 

Please do! I only went with reverse twisting some twine because this was a primitive skills event. Otherwise I would have gone with paracord using a little noose as the attachment. The ladder pouch is probably my favorite design for leather, it works really well.
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Reply #4 - May 17th, 2011 at 1:06pm
 
Thank you.  Bill
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Reply #5 - May 22nd, 2011 at 10:52pm
 
I'M kind ofnew to this, and my sling making skill -well the end result isn't quite what I envishioned!

I'll give this model a try. Thanks for posting!
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Reply #6 - May 23rd, 2011 at 12:19pm
 
I'm gonna give this one a try too, thank you for sharing
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Reply #7 - May 23rd, 2011 at 12:36pm
 
I've done something similar for a pouch, but instead of the slots I just had a 1" round hole. (5 cm to residents of advanced countries). I'm not up the the twisted twine lines though.

What is that leather? Reminds me of a basketball I had when I was a kid, down to the color.
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Reply #8 - May 25th, 2011 at 12:22am
 
Have you tried putting the slits the other direction?

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I would think that you could get a better cup...
Or, just a simple slit in the middle --------------
I wonder which might work best???
Maybe just a matter of preference...
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Reply #9 - May 25th, 2011 at 3:29am
 
Yes I have. Lengthways slits are much less effective.
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