Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Spinworkx First Mount #28 - Slack Trapeze

Back in the day before contests had the 1 minute preliminary freestyles, contests used to have Compulsories instead of 1 minute freestyles. This Compulsory trick list comprised of 10 difficult tricks that players had to perform to accumulate points, and the players with the highest points then moved on to 3 minute final freestyles. In one of the last few Compulsory trick lists, Slack Trapeze was one of the trick components on the list and players had to hit it two times in a row.

The Slack Trapeze is one trick that was created back when Slack tricks were still new and an unexplored area of Spinning. Now, the Slack Trapeze is one of the tricks that practically every advanced Spinner can hit. Slacks opened doors to get into new and intricate mounts for Spinners and it is still one of the main components of trick combos seen today.

Without further ado, let us get into the Slack Trapeze proper.

First, throw a straight Breakaway and instead of swinging the yo-yo over and onto the string into a Trapeze, use your Thumb and Index Finger of your non-throwing hand to pinch the string about 2-3 inches away from the yo-yo.

Next, wrap the string segment that is hanging down from your throwing hand onto your throwing hand Index Finger as seen in the picture below.

The purpose of wrapping the string segment around your throwing hand Index Finger is so that it makes throwing the slacked string from your throwing hand easier.

After wrapping the string segment around your Index Finger, throw this string over your non-throwing wrist and have your throwing Index Finger go to (or even touch) your non-throwing wrist as the string slack goes over the wrist.

Next, maneuver the string so that the front string goes into, and hits, the yo-yo gap.

Once the string goes into the yo-yo gap, let go of the pinch on your non-throwing hand and let the string just fall onto your non-throwing Index Finger.

Following this, swing the yo-yo clockwise with your hands positioned close together to get back into a regular Trapeze.

You have just successfully hit the Slack Trapeze, so give yourself a pat on the back!

Some pointers to take note of when learning this trick:
1) Ensure that the yo-yo is spinning straight and keep everything in one straight plane, especially the yo-yo string slack.
2) Remember to aim the slack into the yo-yo gap.
3) Perform the trick slowly and steadily, don't rush through it, giving it a little more 'flow'.

That's all for #28 of the Spinworkx First Mount project.

If you have any questions or feedback, drop us a note here, or shout out to us at our Facebook page.
You can also show off your Slack Trapeze by tagging us on our Instagram Page, with @spinworkxsg #firstmount. 

Till next time,
Keep the Slack (on the yo-yo string) coming!~

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