Since the spin top forum has been on fire lately, and I have been trying to get some tricks down that require me to practice a bunch, I wanted to pass along three tips I learned the hard way.
- Get more than one type of top, and strings too. It will take you a lot of practice to even get started, and just as with yo-yos, tops all feel different to throw. You will need to experiment.
- Practice outside some. This took me years to figure out, but I kinda choke, especially with heavier tops, if I am inside. This, I believe , is rooted in a fear of destroying my condo and drawing the ire of my wife.
Throwing outside really helped me a bunch with fixed tip tricks.
- Find someone better skilled that can help you. Maybe you think no one else on earth throws, but on the plus side, if you find anyone who does, they will be better than you if you are just learning.
On this subject, if you have any interest at all about throwing tops and you are going to be in Cleveland for worlds, there will be some folks there that would be happy to help you get started.