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Jan 11th, 2010 at 5:21pm
 
   I worked for our cable TV company for fifteen winters outside.  Some guys could work while wearing gloves, but I never could.  It's the same with slinging.  Does anyone wear gloves while slinging?  If so, do you have a special sling with a wider fingerloop for such occasions?  For some reason I think everyone will say no, but the question is asked.
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Reply #1 - Jan 11th, 2010 at 5:43pm
 
I did a few throws with leather gloves yesterday (snowballs), and they flew better than I had thought. The finger loops on my slings are always quite wide, so that was not a problem. Yet I think that slinging bare-handed gives you a better feeling for the whole process. But that might just be a matter of not being used to wearing gloves while using the sling.
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Reply #2 - Jan 11th, 2010 at 5:58pm
 
I've been using the cheap cotton Jersey gloves that are about a buck a pair.  It might be affecting my accuracy a little, but they're not bad.
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Reply #3 - Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:02pm
 
Must admit I've never tried it but I can't imagine it would be very successful. You'd lose all your feel and totally mess up your release.
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Reply #4 - Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:15pm
 
Ive never done it, id rather freeze my hand for a bit than use em. i think its more fun to feel it directly in my hands and watch the rock fly, than indirectly with gloves, plus i dont want to make larger fingerloops
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Reply #5 - Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:15pm
 
Aussie wrote on Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:02pm:
Must admit I've never tried it but I can't imagine it would be very successful. You'd lose all your feel and totally mess up your release.

It's a trade off.  It's been below freezing the last two weeks.  I've slung in 15 degree wheather.  The trade off comes with numbed, cold fingers or warm fingers with a little clothe.
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Reply #6 - Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:53pm
 
Aussie wrote on Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:02pm:
Must admit I've never tried it but I can't imagine it would be very successful. You'd lose all your feel and totally mess up your release.


Just tried this out of pure curiosity, wearing medium weight leather firies gloves (as worn by aussie volunteer firefighters, good gear, finely cut and well fitting with the elasticated bit at the wrist to stop embers getting in) and it works fine, can still feel everything really. Then again I wore the same gloves for ages while doing fiddly and delicate nursery tasks, operating various kinds of fiddly equipment , grafting on the fly etc so maybe it depend on how well you have worn-in the gloves.

Most of my R loops are made to go over my middle and ring fingers, with gloves on it just fits the middle finger, works out well.

Welding gauntlets that weigh a tonne or cheapie chunky things from bunnings might not be the best choice.  Grin But as you can see in the pic, with gloves that actually fit you it's actually not too different from bare hands at all.

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Reply #7 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 7:34am
 
I wear light gloves occasionally.  You might want to try a wrist loop, with an index knot on the captive cord.
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Reply #8 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 9:05am
 
I wear gloves just about all the time.  Maybe it is my release force but I find it necessary. And the only times I don't are when I am only going to shoot for a short while.  Reason is that if I don't wear gloves I will soon take the skin off my fingers from where the sling ropes bit it.  Even with mutliple tapings/bandages I continue to have issues. I have tried with a golf glove and this work reasonably well (still a good idea to tape under them) with no effect on accuracy.  However, they wear out very soon on the release finger areas and I find leather standard work gloves to be better.
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Reply #9 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 10:01am
 
if i'll sling for more than 15-20 releases i wear light garden glove (just the right one).

EDIT: p.s. i could never stand finger-loops, wrist loops are the way to go for me!
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Reply #10 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 2:14pm
 
Mardonius wrote on Jan 12th, 2010 at 9:05am:
I wear gloves just about all the time.  Maybe it is my release force but I find it necessary. And the only times I don't are when I am only going to shoot for a short while.  Reason is that if I don't wear gloves I will soon take the skin off my fingers from where the sling ropes bit it.  Even with mutliple tapings/bandages I continue to have issues. I have tried with a golf glove and this work reasonably well (still a good idea to tape under them) with no effect on accuracy.  However, they wear out very soon on the release finger areas and I find leather standard work gloves to be better.
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You must fire off some really hard shots, Mardonius.  How far can you sling, if you don't mind?
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Reply #11 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 3:33pm
 
I've tried, but i just can't get over feeling blind and groping around to stick my finger into the finger loop- i depend too on my touch sense since i'm too lazy to bend over Wink
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Reply #12 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 4:01pm
 
I just wear thin gloves.
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Reply #13 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 4:40pm
 
I've considered wearing gloves because I have the same problem as Mardonius. After a full afternoon of slinging, my middle finger is usually chaffed and bleeding and I'll have to wait a week or so to let it heal. I finally settled on just wrapping my middle finger in a bunch of sports tape where the retention cord rubs into the skin.
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Reply #14 - Jan 12th, 2010 at 8:51pm
 
A toggle might work if you don't like gloves.

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