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Message started by Yfir on May 30th, 2023 at 4:15am

Title: Length of long slings
Post by Yfir on May 30th, 2023 at 4:15am
I'd like to make a long sling for throwing over far distances. Since I've never made one before, I was wondering what sling lengths you've all had success with for long distance throwing?

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by Eino on May 30th, 2023 at 9:07am
I have a ~60" (~152cm) unfolded sling that works pretty well. Longer slings would throw farther, but at a point they would get unwieldy.

Here are some videos I've seen on the matter:
Sling Length Vs Distance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAIO0o6Wmyw&t=377s
Does A Longer Sling Mean A Longer Distance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lebQJKg27bs

I've also heard (and can at least verify on a staff sling) that lighter slings throw farther.

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by StaffSlinger on May 30th, 2023 at 3:04pm
You could probably make a 60-72 (folded) sling work, but you'd need special assistance or something to keep things together until the thing stabilized after a couple of rotations.

Longest practical length? Probably double the length of your armspan holding the pouch in one hand and the cord ends in the other.

If all you care about is maximizing distance, a lightweight staff sling will be a LOT easier to wield -- say a 6 ft staff and a 3 ft doubled sling...

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by David Morningstar on May 30th, 2023 at 5:23pm

Here are several long slings in action. One of the slingers is Curious Aardvark.

https://youtu.be/SR8SjT7gnTQ

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by Mersa on May 31st, 2023 at 1:54am
Roughly 40-50
Short sling + 50% = medium length
Medium +50% = long sling length.

Formula seems pretty true across the community.

So for me 20 is as short as Id go . 29.5 is about perfect for targets and 44.5 is my preferred long sling .

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by Yfir on May 31st, 2023 at 6:59am
Thanks all, I'll take a look at those videos. I reckon I should be able to get a pretty good idea of what'd work for me.

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by TOMBELAINE on May 31st, 2023 at 8:56am
I saw in Slinging.org a video with a Tibetan woman with her long traditional sling.
If I remember correctly.

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by Rat Man on May 31st, 2023 at 3:43pm
   When I first started slinging I experimented with some crazy long slings.  As my form improved I found that I didn't need such slings to attain more distance.  For me the ideal sling length is half my height or 38".  Everyone is different so experimentation is a good idea. 

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by joe_meadmaker on May 31st, 2023 at 8:14pm

TOMBELAINE wrote on May 31st, 2023 at 8:56am:
I saw in Slinging.org a video with a Tibetan woman with her long traditional sling.
If I remember correctly.

This one?
https://youtu.be/yGmnXHQxi0E

This is a great technique to get a long sling started.

Title: Re: Length of long slings
Post by TOMBELAINE on Jun 1st, 2023 at 1:25am
Yes. Thanks for find.
This video is clear, perfect.

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