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Mar 1st, 2021 at 7:31pm
 
So i have made about 8 slings over the span of the previous year.

All but one were string slings, made from paracord, except for my current sling which is jute woven beleric sling.

Im not sure what range I should be getting out of my sling. 

I have hit the farside of a local river which is 55m wide

However as of late i am landing at about 40m.

My methods of slinging are figure 8 and Balearic.





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Reply #1 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 7:39pm
 
What are the stats on your set up? Welcome to the forum by the way.
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Reply #2 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 7:57pm
 
my sling is about the length of my arm, i dont own a measuring tape at the moment so no numbers sadly.

I would say a little over two foot.

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Reply #3 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 8:11pm
 
If you are slinging stones, I'd say you could do better.  If you are slinging tennis balls, that might be about right.

For a true breakdown of how to get more distance, you'd need to post something showing your form when slinging.  Distance is about the speed of the projectile, and getting more speed comes from good form, just like in all throwing sports.
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Reply #4 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 8:16pm
 
Too light or too heavy a projectile will affect range dramatically. Once you get a bit more practice and the right set up (sling, sling length, ammo type) you will be throwing much further than that.
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Reply #5 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 9:27pm
 
I would say 50m is very good if you’re just starting, after you get good form hitting 100m would be pretty easy, after that it starts becoming more about your projectile and your form, then next a special distance sling.

Apparently 500m is possible.
Officially it’s more around 420m
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Reply #6 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 10:45pm
 
whats the proper throwing form for figure 8 and balearic
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Reply #7 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 1:48am
 
Watch a baseball pitching form breakdown. Slinging has a lot in common with it, in regards to the hips turning and torso rotation.

Balearic examples:
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojtZakKT5FE
2.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCZaDLQCPlY

Figure 8 example and instructional:
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-yvC5f1SWw
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PyN2MnBOzI
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Reply #8 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 8:15am
 

The best thing to do is to post video of some of your own throws from the side and from behind, then we can see your form and comment on it.

You can post YouTube videos that are link-only and not generally available to the public.

Lots of big distance throws here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR8SjT7gnTQ
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Reply #9 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 1:46pm
 
    100  meters is a very reasonable goal.  I agree with what David wrote.  One video is worth a thousand words.
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Reply #10 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 6:29pm
 
Ill video tape me slinging in a few days, i ordered some 3.5-5 inch stones for consistency

On the plus side, I worked on my form today and slowly worked my way in from 40m until i was able to hit the bank with small stones.

I have also completed a sling that's longer than my current one.
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Reply #11 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 8:19pm
 
Josephusflav wrote on Mar 2nd, 2021 at 6:29pm:
Ill video tape me slinging in a few days, i ordered some 3.5-5 inch stones for consistency

On the plus side, I worked on my form today and slowly worked my way in from 40m until i was able to hit the bank with small stones.

I have also completed a sling that's longer than my current one.


Remember this thread when you have been doing this for awhile and you will see an amazing improvement. The day will come when you will hit 40 meters with practically no effort at all. But its just a learning experience the whole way.
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Reply #12 - Mar 3rd, 2021 at 12:16am
 
I figure I should ask if release method effects anything

I currently tie one half half of my sling to my pinky and place the other in between my thumb and pointer finger.

To release i fully open my hand.


Is this kosher?

Should i be doing something else?
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Reply #13 - Mar 3rd, 2021 at 3:21am
 
I have to say that's an interesting method I haven't heard of before but if it's working for you then great! It can be good to try out lots of different styles though to see if you can find the most comfortable way of slinging. Most people have the retention loop on the middle finger then holding the release cord in the first finger and thumb. There are a lot of different methods but that's probably the most common.
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Reply #14 - Mar 3rd, 2021 at 11:09am
 
The only thing I can think of is with the cords being held far apart in your hand, this will cause the pouch to also be more open during the throw.  I believe I've seen others mention this can affect the release (not in a bad way, just different).  It could also cause projectiles that are more spherical to fall out more easily.  Although if you're not having problems with this, I certainly wouldn't worry about it.
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