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Greek Style and Shorter Slings
Jun 12th, 2004 at 9:37pm
 
I would like to thank David Taylor for the first real break-through in my own slinging style in several years.

For years I have heard people say that shorter slings were more accurate.  My own experience was that the short sling threw off my timing, the lack of centripedal tension meant that I could'nt throw light stones and the lack of power was very unsatisfying.

After watching David's videos I tried the "Greek Style"  but it wasn't really successful since my arms aren't long enough to hold the sling taught.  After a few attempts I tried my daughter's sling (22 in from retention loop to cradle center).

Wow, the power was about 2/3 of what I get out of my normal sling (36 in. from retention loop to cradle center.)  After 1/2 hour of practice I can get accuracy approaching my usual overhand cast.  Plus there are several other benefits that I am able to observe.

1) Short slings are able to be used in more confined areas.
2) The lack of a wind-up makes small-game hunting a viable possibility.
3) Because the sling starts with tension on it I can cast very light stones (marble size) with power similar to that of a hand-catapult.

I intend to continue using my original technique for the longer slings but this definately opens possibilties I hadn't considered.  Now I can't wait to get started braiding a shorty.  Sorry for the long post.

Grin
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