Making and Using the Venerable Hand Sling

You don't have to anticipate facing a foe named Goliath to enjoy taking a whirl with a hand sling.

hand sling - throwing technique
THE OVERHAND THROWING TECHNIQUE [A] The thrower drops the pocket and draws the missile back into a wide vertical orbit. [B] The throwing arm rises high, then swings down behind the slingers head to tighten the first orbit. At the same moment, the slinger begins a long "pitcher's step." [C] The thrower completes the forward step as the missile reaches the top of its second orbit, and the knotted cord is released as the slinger's wrist snaps forward.
hand sling - preparing to throw
The author's preferred hand sling technique uses and overhand throwing motion. ("Go ahead, Goliath, make my day!")
hand sling - displaying the projectile pocket
The sling pocket is simply a piece of leather with a bulge in the middle and cords attached to each end.
hand sling - parts of a sling
The parts of a sling. Within practical limits, the longer the sling, the faster the missile will be propelled. Generally, though, the ideal length is 24" to 26" per side.

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