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Figure eight vs helicopter based styles
Aug 6th, 2013 at 3:12pm
 
Hi all,
When I first started slinging last year I mostly used the figure eight technique and had great success with it compared to other styles. Since then I have gravitated more towards the helicopter techniques(Byzantine, heli, Balearic). I Don't remember why I changed since then but I did. Anyway, now that I tried to use it again I suck. I used to think it was more powerful and accurate but I'm better with other styles now.
Has anybody experienced this as well? I think fig-8 is probably the best form and powerful and quick but I know that's only my inexperienced opinion.
Do any other helicopter based slingers find the figure eight awkward or vice versa?
Also I know jaegoor says fig-8 is unhealthy(if you're reading this Jaegoor please could you elaborate?). I wonder which is harder on the body...and which technique is a better investment of my time!
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Re: Figure eight vs helicopter based styles
Reply #1 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 3:22pm
 
I can sling well with both and I use a variation on helicopter very often.

Figure 8 is definitely the peak of sling styles. Fast, accurate, consistent, takes up minimal space, and applies a fantastic rifle to your shot.

Initially, I can be more accurate with my helicopter variant than figure because it feels a little more natural. Helicopter is also a little better with heavy ammo IME.

Here's a vid of me using both.  Cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7EW3zflrfY
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Re: Figure eight vs helicopter based styles
Reply #2 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 5:03pm
 
Figure 8 is the most awkward to me and I quickly lose the technique when I stop practicing it. As with everything else in slinging, it's up to personal preference.
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Re: Figure eight vs helicopter based styles
Reply #3 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 8:24pm
 
never did really get fig 8. I really cannot seem to understand it.
nice link- A modest proposal
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Reply #4 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 8:51pm
 
figure for my normal slings helicopter for longer slings I use a overhand release for the helicopter helps me out a lot with acuracy. also a big fan of the apache for quick throws
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Reply #5 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 9:02pm
 
I recently did a few shots with figure-8 for the first time in almost a year, and had no problems. Then again, it's always been my dedicated distance technique, so I can't speak for my accuracy with it. (Except that I'm conditioned to release far too early to hit anything that walks the earth with a flat trajectory, lol.)

If anything, overhand is less stressful on the body than sidearm throws. If I push it with a Heli, Greek, or Byzantine, I end up feeling it in my elbow for several days. I don't recall any such problems with overhand releases. If you think about it, pro athletes use throwing methods 80-90% similar to the Figure-8 all the time, and apparently without much in the way of problems. (Last I checked, pitchers actively avoid and discourage sidearm throws.)

I just don't use it much anymore because it thrashes my release cords too easily  Grin
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Reply #6 - Aug 7th, 2013 at 11:38am
 
That's funny, for me it seems like helicopter-like techniques are much better for my arms and elbows than other styles. I mainly practice a helicopter with sidearm release like camo-sling often does, and i don't put too much power into the shots (after all i want to become accurate). Also when slinging for range (and thus giving a lil more power) I hardly feel any strain from that technique.

When I do a 'traditional' sidearm, i.e. no rotations but just throwing the projectile into the half swing and directly letting it go hurts much more, same for overhand an fig 8.

Maybe I should practise those more Smiley
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Reply #7 - Aug 7th, 2013 at 1:48pm
 
In the beginning I used Apache style while testing out other styles.  For some time my choice was between figure8 and helicopter (seems like a common dilemma).  I ended up with figure8 but for some time I was equally good (or lousy) with both styles.  When I try helicopter now I`m totally useless, with neither power or accuracy.  This is obviously not because of the style itself but only my lack of training.
I choose figure8 part because it was working best with my body.  Helicopter hurt my shoulder, figure8 is usually painless
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Reply #8 - Aug 7th, 2013 at 6:48pm
 
Figure Eight never really caught on as an accurate style for me. I always found more success with sidearm techniques, however with that being said I haven't devoted the same amount of time developing it!
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Reply #9 - Aug 7th, 2013 at 6:54pm
 
heli hurts one's elbow... but my fig 8 throws go about as far as my heli throws right now(haven't slung in about 3 weeks minus today)... but heli is rapidly gaining.
fig 8 seems a tad more accurate... in the horizontal plane cause its overhand.
if there were a line of enemies i would choose helicopter cause I have signifigantly more accuracy- plus I would almost garunteed hit one of them...
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Reply #10 - Aug 9th, 2013 at 5:21am
 
Interesting answers you guys.
I went out yesterday and slung almost exclusively figure 8 with a few heli shots for comparison. I think even out of practice my accuracy was better than my usual heli style blunderings lol not that I don't blunder with the f-8! I definitely tend to release too early as a lot of my shots went high. I don't want to let one day decide my slinging fate but the figure 8 is back in my repertoire.
As for tennis elbow? Never had it but I do get shoulder pain sometimes from overdoing it. My friend Matt always says the pitcher is the hardest working man on the team and I know what he means when I feel that way!
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Reply #11 - Aug 9th, 2013 at 9:43am
 
yea... i spent approx 4 hours teaching my friend's little bro to sling(he isn't that much younger.. i think I probably went through ... maybe 3-400 stones... he went through (i am guessing) about 100-200... he really likes that apache you gave me donnershalg!!!!
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Reply #12 - Aug 11th, 2013 at 3:40pm
 
   I prefer Helicopter based styles to Figure 8.  I don't hate Figure 8 but the Helicopter based styles seem more natural to me.  I generally use Balearic, Helicopter, Byzantine, Apache, and Underarm.  There is no right or wrong answer of course.  It's a matter of personal preference. 
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Reply #13 - Aug 11th, 2013 at 5:42pm
 
Glad to hear it, Squirrel  Cool
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Reply #14 - Aug 11th, 2013 at 7:01pm
 
I try and try..oh how I try to love figure 8. It looks so cool, it cancels cord twist, it makes lots of sense...my upper torso just does not want to cooperate. I am far too tight and inflexible for it to be accurate. All my shots are high and my windage is inconsistent.

Byzantine and Greek especially are my strong suits for explosive power and underhand is my go to technique for accuracy. ...weird huh?
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