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How to Sling Underarm and Overarm - Chris Harrison

How do you use a sling?
Two common and easy ways will be briefly discussed here, although there are many other styles.

1) Slip the loop onto your middle finder and place the release cord between your thumb and index finger. The sling should be hanging down, but your palm should be facing up.

2) Now you've got the sling ready to go, place a rock in the pouch. The rock should be of a dense material and be no bigger than golf ball generally.

Underhand Method:
3) This method is basically a softball-like pitch. Swing the sling back and forth until you feel there is enough momentum to complete an entire loop. In the underhand method the rotation should come from your knees, up in front of you, then over your head, then behind you. When the sling has rotated back to your knees, lift up your thumb and the rock will fly out.

Overhand Method:
3) This method is basically a baseball-like pitch. It is a rotation of the shoulder and elbow. Swing the sling back and forth until you feel there is enough momentum to complete an entire loop. In the overhand method the rotation should come from your knees, up behind you, then over your head. When the pouch circles over your head, lift up your thumb and the rock will fly out.

4) The projectile will fly out tangentially from where it was released.


It takes practice to learn the correct release time, but once you have consistency, it is easy to master the sling. Underhand is good for distance, but you lose accuracy. People can throw rocks 400+ feet underhand with little effort. Overhand is generally better for close range, sub 150 feet. As for rock sizes, people use different things. Golf ball-sized rocks feel good as the additional weight allow you to feel the force on your hand and therefore have a better understanding of where it is going to “fly”. Often slingers make up for the lack of weight by doing grapeshot. Slinging grapeshot basically means piling in as many pebbles as the pouch can hold and launching that. This way, your target area is littered with a spray of rocks, making it highly effective for "light" targets.

 

- Chris Harrison

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