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Day 10 of trying to practice using the same method Anthony Gatto did. See my forum post for details of what this involves and my rationale for wanting to do it:
I just about managed to wake up early with Cat, and after a coffee I walked to the squash courts, where Lewis was already juggling. I got there at maybe 7.20 or so and was still fairly sleep, despite a large mug of coffee, so this may not be the most accurate log ever, and I am writing it the day after. Also did some fun passing with Lewis after I was done with the solo stuff. We did some body throws and then a 6 up 360 out of 6 club ultimates.
Warm up: Did all the moving about with a balance stuff, all three balance points. 5 balls with a balance went ok according to my notes I got about 40 catches.
Mills warm up was fine, but then 5 ball mills didn’t go too well, I got around 20 catches.
Pirouettes went very well today, tried to really focus on technique with the 3 ball stuff. 3 ups out of 5 felt good, linked two together, both ways
5 ups feeling very nice. I landed 6 in my allocated time, a new best. I then landed one out of my weaker side within a minute, I should work on this more.
5 ball siteswaps:
20 rounds of 744 to pattern.
20 rounds of 645 to pattern
663 felt dodgy again, although Lewis was sympathetic, saying it’s a tough pattern.
753 got 12 rounds.
94444 felt good again. I got 4 rounds thrown but not back to pattern. I tried the new 9447700 360 that Lewis showed me. It will be fun to work on
97531 felt fine. 2 rounds back to pattern, starting out of both hands. Tried for a few longer runs but it wasn’t happening.
(8x,4)(4,4) got 8 rounds back into (6x,4).
I got a 100+ run of 6 ball asyn.
Got 60 ish catches of sync. Landed the transition a few times.
I kicked up from 5 to 6 a couple of times to a stable pattern.
Got 10 ish rounds of 771 back to pattern in my allocated minute (66 entry 661 exit). I tried the 773 entry but it felt a bit weird.
I got maybe 8 rounds of 77772. I would have spent longer if I had more time
7 balls: didn’t feel very nice, my notes say ‘not good’. I think I was struggling to get 20 catches.
5 ball half shower with backcross, felt difficult, Lewis sympathised, and said he had tried working on half shower where you penguin catch the high throws.
6 ball half shower. I got over 60 catches, apparently.
Total practice time: 60 minutes
Location: Squash Courts, Leeds