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Reply #15 - Jun 13th, 2024 at 3:21am
 
Managed to score a big load of tennis balls. Got into contact with someone from a tennis club, selling 60 balls for €10.- (right bag). When I got there, we got into a bit of a chat, and she offered me another bag, free of charge, with a random assortment of practice balls (left bag). Must be well over 150 balls in total. Money well spent...

Have been having fun trying out my new sling. Found a soccer field nearby with a nice big fence behind the goalpost. Didn't quite expect to be throwing most balls trough the fence.
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Reply #16 - Jun 13th, 2024 at 4:39pm
 
Nice score.
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Reply #17 - Jun 13th, 2024 at 11:12pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Jun 13th, 2024 at 4:39pm:
Nice score. 

THIS!!! ^^^
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Reply #18 - Jun 14th, 2024 at 10:10pm
 
Some of them look to be pretty good quality. I've found that only the pressurized tennis balls hold up for long periods of time. At least for me.
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Reply #19 - Jun 24th, 2024 at 10:12am
 
A few new colours of paracord came in the mail.

After seeing me slinging, my kids wanted a "ball-thrower" for themselves. So I constructed the red and blue slings for my 3 and 5 year old.

I wanted to make a more lightweight sling, so instead of a 6-strand braid, I used a 4-strand braid. The pouch is a 2-strand weave, ended with a cobra knot. And the release cord drops 1 strand halfway trough. The whipcracker is a 3 strand-braid from the core of the paracord.

They came out so well, that I couldn't resist to make another one (brown/black) for myself.

Really like the details of the pouch, and the easy crack of the whip.


I'm still a bit in doubt about the length. As a measure I used the length from the fingers, to the middle of the bicep. For my own sling that happened to be 120cm (about 48"). Practical Paracord talks about 60" slings, so I guess I could make it a bit longer next time.

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Reply #20 - Jun 25th, 2024 at 9:07pm
 
Lookin' good! Thumbs Up

I love hearing about kids wanting to sling (and slinging).  Smiley
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Reply #21 - Jun 26th, 2024 at 7:21am
 
Well, they tried, it failed a couple of times, and then they just started playing with the tennis balls.
Maybe next time they might have a bit longer attention span.

On a side note; Yesterday I went out with a friend, and introduced him to slinging. Took a couple of throws to get adjusted, but rapidly improved. Gave him the brown/black sling. Gives me another excuse to make a new one for myself.

I think I had like 5 throws with that sling, before giving it away  Roll Eyes
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Reply #22 - Jun 28th, 2024 at 4:24pm
 
Dude! That progression is incredible. That last sling is a thing of beauty.
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Reply #23 - Jul 1st, 2024 at 7:57am
 
RhonanTennenbrook wrote on Jun 28th, 2024 at 4:24pm:
Dude! That progression is incredible. That last sling is a thing of beauty.


Thanks! I might enjoy making the slings about as much as using them.

Made a new one. Almost the same design, a bit longer now.
I improved the finger loops by making a cobra weave over the single strands. I used a core-less paracord for the cobra, to keep it flat and low-profile.

It is about 150cm (60"-ish). Had a few throws with it yesterday. It doesn't throw as comfortably as the 6-strand sling I made earlier. But that might also just getting some more throws in.
It does crack a lot less, compared to the previous, heavier slings. Can't seem to find the balance on that... Yet...
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Reply #24 - Jul 21st, 2024 at 4:22pm
 
Ah been busy checking in on my own thread so didn't realize you were new as well. Those are nice slings indeed. The blue one looks very interesting.

Pouch transitions and whip crackers look quality. Nice work.

Stabyhoun wrote on Jun 24th, 2024 at 10:12am:
The pouch is a 2-strand weave, ended with a cobra knot.


Having just braided the extra strings into the cord this interests me (that brownish sling v2's transition looks good). Have an easy to follow explanation for this? Same question for the whip-crackers. Also what is that you've used to twist around the braid? Paracord innards or something else?

Stabyhoun wrote on Jul 1st, 2024 at 7:57am:
It does crack a lot less, compared to the previous, heavier slings. Can't seem to find the balance on that... Yet...


Still using innards of the paracord? Tried any other material? Because same issue here (haven't gotten a chance to try the 6 string versions full force). Best cracking one I've made incorporated in a 4 string round braid is actually a gutted piece of paracord and not braided innards. Worth a try perhaps (?) unless a more senior member here has a better suggestion.

Stabyhoun wrote on Jul 1st, 2024 at 7:57am:
I might enjoy making the slings about as much as using them.


Couldn't agree more with this; it's thrilling to see if the little tweaks render good results. Looks like they've done so here for sure. 👍

Stabyhoun wrote on Jun 24th, 2024 at 10:12am:
I'm still a bit in doubt about the length.


I don't know how tall you are/length of your arms, because figure that might/should change preferences, but without talking cm's most of my slings have with a loaded pouch turned out to stretch to just about my armpit (if that's helpful advice?). This length seems pretty accurate; least for me as a beginner. Longer assume will sacrifice some accuracy at least for a beginner but again more senior members would be more in the know; just giving my two cents.
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