Hand slaps and Fork Hits

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Oldschool, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Oldschool

    Oldschool New Member

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    I noticed in Joerg's videos he often talks about the "hand slap" and even created the Shield design to help this. Do you still get hand slap with your Phoenix and other small slingshots or can you avoid it. The new natural Joerg made was very small which I like. What is your opinion on how to avoid hand slaps and fork hits.(or worse hand hits) <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_redface.gif" alt="Embarassed" longdesc="10"> I have hit the webbing in my hand using a small narrow forked designed and moved quickly back to higher/wider forks. Any tips? Thanks<br>
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I think it has to do with extra energy. Ie: The ammo size compared to the bands used.<br><br>Try heavier ammo, only reason I say that is cause I get a lot of slap from light ammo.<br><br>I debate on just adding a leather hand slap guard to counteract it tho, but experimentation is important nonetheless.
     

  3. JoergS

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    Hand slaps are very common when you shoot powerful bands with lightweight ammo. Haven't ever had a hand hit, and fork hits are rare if you flip.
     
  4. Oldschool

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    When you flip, do you let the wrist go LIMP after the release of the pouch which in turn forces the slingshot down? Do you actively push the slingshot down with the forearm muscles? I have wondered after seeing your videos and gamekeeper john who flips down as well. <br>I will experiment with flip technique but was very inaccurate in the past because I was concentrating on using my muscles to 'flip' down before releasing the pouch. Thanks.