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4ball Palmspin

Image contributed bykverens
Image uploaded2000-10-10
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Last Edit2001-03-30
Author: kverens

Easy as it looks, this is actually quite difficult to do. To learn it, you should first learn the three ball palm-spin.

When you have learned the three ball palm-spin, try putting a small ball on top of three larger ones (a pool ball on top of your usual balls, for example). You have to be careful to keep the three base balls together, or the top ball will fall.

You'll find that to get the balance right, the balls should be weighted towards your little finger, so it feels like the pyramid is actually tilted in that way (it's just a tactile illusion, though).

A trick you can learn from here (send me the video if you do!), is to drop the top ball off the base, and roll it to your elbow, then back and up again, all the while spinning the three base balls. A variation is to have a three-ball palm-spin going in both hands, then roll the top ball along the arm, over the chest, and down the other arm to the other palm-spin.

Author: chicken
I have actually done this with four tennis balls. Since I only still have one acrylic, I can't do much palmspinning with it, so I have used the tennis balls, and can now hold a decent four ball rotating stack in the left hand going Clockwise. The trick is not to make the three base balls touch one another, or they will rub unkindly and mess up everything. I have tried to put the acrylic on top of the three tennis balls, but when it weighs down too much, and slips off.
Author: flesh
I'd tend to disagree with you there chicken, three acrylics can rub together because such a smooth surface has minimal friction. Your tennis balls will make a mush of it though.
Author: flesh
I'd tend to disagree with you there chicken, three acrylics can rub together because such a smooth surface has minimal friction. Your tennis balls will make a mush of it though.
Author: klas
With acrylics there's no problem to to have the three bottoms balls touch each other. With balls that tend to stick togheter you'll have to do as chicken says. Leave a some space between the balls.

With sticky balls (I'm using oddballs) it's much easier with four balls than with three. The top ball helps to keep the space between the balls in the bottom by pressing down.

So if you're not using acrylics (or other balls with low fricton) the advice from Kae about learning the three ball palm-spin is not true

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