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 - preparing to throw
The author's preferred hand sling technique uses and overhand throwing motion. ("Go ahead, Goliath, make my day!")
PHOTO: LYNN P. BALLARD
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.
LYNN P. BALLARD
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.
LYNN P. BALLARD
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.
LYNN P. BALLARD











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