Joined: 02 Oct 2003 Posts: 30 Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 10:53 am Post subject: Big Ball, Net Sets
Itīs been so quiet here so I decided to start with two interesting question.
We have been talking about big ball theory for a while but Iīm not sure if anything is really happening. I saw P.Tīs prototype last summer in Copenhagen but didnīt have time to play with it. If somebody, somewhere is having any kind of prototypes Iīd like to know and probably test īem.
Another big issue is that we donīt have too many "professional" Net Sets. Itīs cool that people are doing their own net sets but itīs not cool anymore when we are using those same homemade net sets in tournaments. Our credibility suffers in sponsors eyes and in audience eyes And almost always the size of the court is swerwing and same thing with the height of the net.
In my opinion in a few years those homemade net sets should be illegal in bigger tournaments. I donīt think that freestylers would like to play in garage in bigger tournaments
Jimmy Cīs net sets are/were so great so itīs sad that those are not available anymore. I heard that Frankfurters are having their own "production line" for professional net sets. Is that true? If so, when itīs possible to order īem?
What i found to be the closest thing so far to a footbag is a street hockey ball. There's 2 version that i know of it, one for summer condition and one for winter. The winter one is the softer of the two or less bouncy, but it's still quite hard compare to a footbag. What i did to get it less bouncy, was to make holes in it.
I personnally really like it for power kick, it bounce more than a footbag so you can play from further distance and not have to use much energy. As for control, it rigidity make it a bit less controlable, less forgiving than a footbag, but the fact that it's an empty ball and it tends to slow down with distance, you can reach stuff you could probably not with a footbag.
The way to see if a ball would play similar to a footbag, you just need to drop it. If it bounce like a footbag, it will probably play like a footbag. Then you need to check for the right size and weight.
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