HOW A SLING SHOULD BE THROWN
 

Initial warning.

A sling is a weapon and as such its use entails certain risks, especially when used by a novice.

Measures to limit the risks:

    Practice in areas far from people (at least 200m).

    At the beginning, use tennis balls.

    Those who are not throwing should protect themselves (at least the first few times) e.g. behind a tree or wall.

 
     
   
     

Step 1

Put the index finger through the loop in the sling.

 
     

Step 2

Put the stone, that should be more or less round in shape, and of the size of an egg, in place.

The choice & shape of the stone is very important since at the speed with which it is thrown, the air has a marked influence on the path it takes.

We insist that, for beginners, it is very much advisable that tennis balls be used – never golf balls since these are more dangerous than stones!

 
     

Step 3

We should hold the other end of the sling as in the photo. The index finger should be placed inside the loop and the other end held firmly with the thumb.

We should try and make sure that the sling is held steady so that the stone remains in the centre.

 
     

Step 4

Positioning of the legs.

For the right-handed thrower: Place the left foot forward and maintain the spine parallel to the throwing area.

For the left-handed thrower: Place the right foot forward and maintain the spine parallel to the throwing area.

 

 

 
     

Step 5

With a slight impulse we swing the sling clockwise above our head. The rotation should be made by a hand  & wrist action (not by moving the whole arm).

 
     
   
     

Step 6

Try to keep the legs in the correct position.

Try to concentrate on the direction to where the stone should be aimed.

 

 
     

Step 7

Remember that at the beginning it is more important to throw the stone in the correct direction, the distance is not so important at this stage.

To aim correctly, the use of the other hand is very useful, to point in the desired direction.

 
     

Step 8

This is the most complex moment, that of the throw itself. The idea is to throw, as if we didn’t have a sling in our hand and let go of the end of the sling as if we were throwing a stone with our hand.

A good movement is to swing our arm above our head, in an arch movement. This gives for a more energetic throw and we are less likely to damage our back.

This is the Step where we need most patience and we should try time after time.

 
     
   
     
 

There are no hard & fast rules on styles of throwing; each person can develop their own.

Try taking a step forward when throwing, or putting a hip forward…..its just a question of practise!

 
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