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Volley Whip Cracks

 

This is where things start to get interesting. When you learn how to do volleys you are entering a whole new realm of whip cracking. Once you can do these you can move on to some really advanced whip cracking routines. They are a little tricky to learn but when you do you will impress your friends and neighbors. Women will swoon and children will gaze in wild wonderment. Well I may exaggerating but they are impressive. When you start out you first have to learn how to modify the forward crack a bit. Rather than just letting you arm drop to your side you are going to want to keep it out straight. This way you can take advantage of the proverbial "back lash" of the whip. You want to take that energy and use it to make the whip crack behind you. To do this you use a bit more wrist action than with most other whip cracks. Also the crack the happens behind you is nothing like the reverse whip crack. In this case as you can see from the video you don't change the position of your hand much at all. The way I learned to do this particular whip crack was directly in front of me on a vertical plane. I basically just tried to see if I could get the loop to form efficiently in both directions just flipping it back and forth. Once I got the hang of doing it that way learning to do it at my side was much easier. Remember to keep the loop of the whip traveling on the outside of your arm. Do not stop the motion of the whip by hesitating as it comes back towards you. This is going to seem a bit strange at first and you will feel as thought the whip is going to hit you but rest assured, if you keep the loop on the outside of your arm everything will be fine. Start out by trying to do three cracks in a row. Once you can do that well you will be able to move on and do any number of cracks. The Guinness Book of World Records at the moment for the most whip cracks in a minute is over 260. This was accomplished by doing volleys. So maybe I wasn't exaggerating after all.

While you are taking a much needed break from learning the volleys why not learn a little flourish with the whip so you can look really cool cracking your whip.The fancy body wrap.

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