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Message started by joe_meadmaker on Jul 23rd, 2022 at 12:54pm

Title: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jul 23rd, 2022 at 12:54pm
This definitely takes the top position for the heaviest projectile I've ever thrown with a sling.

https://youtu.be/EbD8fXLGgkk

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by Rat Man on Jul 24th, 2022 at 12:55pm
   There's something I can now cross off my bucket list.  I've seen someone sling full sized watermelons.  Great video!

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by Slyngorm on Jul 25th, 2022 at 4:51pm
Sorry joe, I cheered for you to throw despite your plead  ;D
Perhaps a pirouette throw would spare your wrists?

But you know what to do for the halloween challenge now  :D

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jul 25th, 2022 at 9:26pm
Thanks guys!


Slyngorm wrote on Jul 25th, 2022 at 4:51pm:
Perhaps a pirouette throw would spare your wrists?

Pirouette is a style I still haven't practiced enough to be any good with (unfortunately).

But there's actually no problem for the wrists.  The glove with a built-in wrist strap is very helpful.  But the real savior is the two-handed slinging technique.  It's difficult to explain how much that helps with slinging really heavy stuff.  It does such a great job of distributing energy over the wrists, elbows, and shoulders that I've never had an issue when using it.  The only thing to be careful of is lower back.  If anyone ever wants to try this, keep that core tight until the projectile is long gone.  And definitely start with stuff that isn't too heavy and work up.


Oh, Halloween...
Wonder how far I could sling a 20 lb. pumpkin.  ::)

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by timpa on Jul 28th, 2022 at 6:24pm
Good!
This is something I should have done for a long time. (With my Foot Ball sling)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br7ywWXZdbA

One more day...

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jul 28th, 2022 at 10:56pm
Timpa, I would love to see your version of a watermelon sling throw!  :D

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by Slyngorm on Jul 31st, 2022 at 4:00pm
For some reason, slinging a football looks like the greatest thing ever  :-?

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by timpa on Jul 31st, 2022 at 5:02pm
Joe's throw was a joy to watch.

My summer vacation ends now. The rush begins.  :(

I can slinging the football further than I can kick it.

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by Rat Man on Aug 3rd, 2022 at 12:04pm

timpa wrote on Jul 28th, 2022 at 6:24pm:
Good!
This is something I should have done for a long time. (With my Foot Ball sling)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br7ywWXZdbA

One more day...


   One of your commenters on YouTube said he'd like to see you sling a "real" football.  Of course real is a relative term but if you could get hold of an American style football and sling it with a good rifled spin I bet it would fly over the hills and far away. 

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by IronGoober on Aug 3rd, 2022 at 12:36pm
+1 to RatMan's comment!

Title: Re: Slinging a watermelon!
Post by timpa on Aug 6th, 2022 at 2:55pm
The spin requires a sling similar to Joe.
My sling is just a "network". It only releases the ball. It doesn't spin at all.

But: I do have a dog toy: an American football (Half of the original). It has been waiting ten years to be thrown.

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