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Beginner's Corner

Before you jump into slingshots
  • Forget power when start shooting - learn the basics and increase power later
  • Don't buy before you checked all the most popular designs - take your time
  • Register to the Trinity Forums (the three biggest slingshot forums) to get a grip on the topics - you can pick your home forum later
  • Learn slingshot language as soon as possible - it will make your life easier
  • If you're polite, friendly and honest you will find great support at the forums - there are lifetime slingshot experts, collectors, businessmen and respected older people behind avatars
  • Less talk... more practice
  • Safety first | pick a safe anchor point | wear safety glasses | check elastics & frame prior shooting
  • Never stop learning - try different shooting styles time after time, you will be surprised by the variety of possible shooting methods
  • Our anatomy is widely different - what's fine for you is not necessarily comfortable for others - this is one of the reasons why you can see so many slingshot variations and shooting styles
  • Share your builds and evolution - if you enjoy what you find at the forums take your time to support the community
  • Help teaching kids and let others now our sport
  • If you have powerful elastics and a strong slingshot that doesn't makes you a hunter - hunting accuracy need to be gained
  • A good slingshot is a tool that works for you - if it's a nice one you will like it better and shoot more

Where to start? A step by step guide

  1. You have to check your eye dominance for first. You may be surprised but a huge percentage of people have cross eye dominance or semi-dominance. This video about checking eye dominance can help you out at start.
  2. Purchase a good starter slingshot like The Scout. Or make your own natural frame! Before you actually start shooting there are some tricks to do. Hold your slingshot and draw back bands. No ammo is needed. Check how it feels. You may say - it's just too light to pull, I can pull 20-30 lbs easily. Yes, that's true, but don't forget you want accuracy and you have to pinch a tiny ball between your fingertips. It's also good to know how elastics are working. Thinner is faster and easier to pull, thicker is not faster (usually quite slow compared to thin bands) but you just waste energy with draw. Heavier bands and tubes (above 15lbs) are working great with matching projectile size with a higher mass, but time is needed to build up yourself to securely handle such a powerful slingshot.
  3. When you pull your unloaded slingshot never draw to your eye. If something happens (like band is tearing and slapping back) usually will occur during draw and mostly not while aiming. Draw and lift your pouch hand to the anchor point.
  4. The most popular anchor points are corner of the mouth ("fix") and behind ears - above shoulder ("floating"). To picking which one is a complex decision. My suggestion is to practice both. Your success depends on your anatomy also. If your arms are longer (relative to body height) you might find corner of the mouth anchor is not comfortable. Switching thumb up to thumb down is also a handy practice. Don't forget to keep some time at a method. If you're switching shot after shot you can not build up consistency witch is a key to success.
  5. Even if you know which one is your dominant eye it may be useful to perform a couple hundred shots before you make a long term decision. Take your time, you need to develop finger dexterity for reloading.
  6. Don't change your slingshot during early weeks of practice. Stick to one with a light band set. Shoot the same lighter/smaller ammo. Think of this as a system where everything is stable and consistent except your skills. This way you can observe yourself and change the way you're shooting. If you change the slingshot all the time the experience will be distorted.

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