Other basic movements which are suitable for the beginner with clubs are those of tapping and rolling. Tapping or beating of the clubs adds to the rhythmic qualities of a routine, as does the bouncing...
Other basic movements which are suitable for the beginner with clubs are those of tapping and rolling. Tapping or beating of the clubs adds to the rhythmic qualities of a routine, as does the bouncing of the ball, and it can highlight certain beats or pauses in the music.
Use any part of the club; the body, the shaft or the head to beat the other club or to beat the floor. Rolling the clubs on the body is becoming a popular skill nowadays, especially using an arm or a leg, but this requires a high level of handling skill because of the irregular shape of the club.
On the other hand, rolling the clubs on the floor is simple and effective and is achieved by placing the clubs parallel on the floor and pushing the body of the clubs apart from each other in opposite directions. The clubs will roll in a curve through 180 degree, an interesting movement when combined with a half turn in the kneeling position, lift the foot off the floor to allow the club to pass under it.
The more advanced movements of juggling and throwing do not come within the confines of this article. The skills are many and complex and require a thorough knowledge and understanding of the intricate techniques involved.
Similarly, for the forward rotation, a stronger action of the fingers is required to initiate the forward turn of the club. Unless the correct technique is adopted, it is difficult to keep the club in the correct place, it should pass through a vertical position at all times, and should brush past the forearm on each upward circle.
This is dependent to some extent upon a certain degree of flexibility and strength in the wrist joint and also the dexterity of the fingers. Very much easier in the initial stage is the mill circle in the table place. With the arm held out in front at shoulder height, palm facing downwards and the club hanging from the thumb and first two fingers, the wrist is gently circled and the club allowed to pivot between the fingers until it is circling in a horizontal position brushing just below the forearm.
Here the circle is performed either inwards or outwards, with one or both hands and with both clubs going in the same or in opposite directions. If the latter, the arms need to be wider apart to avoid a clash of the clubs.