In having quite a bit of trouble learning 5 balls. I know it takes a lot of practice, but I still cannot do it. I've broken 50 catches twice, my record is 61 catches.
My question is, how do I structure my practice for 5 balls? I normally do 5 catches 10x in a row, then 10 catches 7x in a row, then 15 catches 5x in a row, then 20 catches 3x in a row. After that I would just run it. Any suggestions on how to structure my 5 ball practice? Thanks
P.S as I said, I know 5 balls takes a lot of work. I am not discouraged, so please don't tell me just hard work
You've almost tripled your record from a month ago, I'd say you're doing fine.
Do you have any idea what is causing your pattern to fail? Throw consistency? Timing? Endurance?
Sounds to me - but I may be wrong - that you're doing the exactly same pattern over and over again. So, when you fail a throw (only slightly?), you're pattern is lost with few skill to get back into ground-state? Have you considered doing some preliminary 3b varying high, highest, wider \\ more narrow, low & as fast as you can keep it up? .. Or even do that with 5b, in order to gain control?
Do you grasp the balls with your whole hand? Can you try to form a basket with your fingers and not grasp the balls, just sustain them with the thumb? .. somewhat looser, nimbler - only a bit - so to say ..
I've never been a big fan of pyramid training, especially beyond very early progress with a pattern.
After "getting" the basics of a pattern such as 5b, there are at least 2 further stepping stones:
1) correcting bad throws & correcting twist
2) learning to relax and breath / blink
Both of these, but particularly 2), might not be obvious if you're stopping your runs earlier than these 2 limits when training. I'd focus on #2, even when doing only 5 or 10 catches. Try breathing and blinking consciously while juggling.
And I second what was said about varying it a bit. I tried practising 5 balls much lower than normal and much higher than normal, and then when doing it normally I felt as though I had the reflexes and the speed from practising low, as well as the accuracy from practising high, to not feel on the limit so much.
Hi again, ..
.. I saw, you're very good at 4b fountain (512 c recorded), so .. if you just try 6b fountain (!) - just for a try and only a few minutes before or after a session - .. even if it fails (!) .. every run more than 6 throws, will have you think bigger / higher, and 5b will seem lower, slower and a good bit easier for sure.
What U think? Will you give it a try? :o)
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Can't state on that .. 4b and 6b is actually not my terrain (maybe s.o. else). - The idea was just to make use of your 4b skills to do a higher number using the same pattern, fountain, which would then be 6b.
Obvious would be to do it just in the way you do the 4b fountain.
- either doing it preliminary to 5b cascade: just a few even failed tries \ attempts would be enough for your mind & brain & hands & eyes to have that "seen-&-done-such-heights-and-speed-before"-effect when, later, you do 5b.
- or, you might (?) find 6b even easier (!), than 5b, just because that suits you more?! .. you'd then maybe have better successes with 6b ..
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