I was thinking about something the other day. When I’m looking at a someone’s trick video, no matter how much I try not to, I subconsciously form impressions on how skilled they are from the first throw, and continue to throughout the video.
It seems that subtle differences in execution make a BIG difference in whether you look like a beginner or not.
For example here’s a simple combo:
There really wasn’t anything ‘wrong’ with how I did it, but the way I threw it and the amount I moved my body and arms just made it look like what I was doing was on the edge of my skill level.
Compare that to this:
Now of course that was a little faster, but not that much. More importantantly everything from the throw to moving the hands only as much as is needed for each trick seemed to make it look like I had more of an idea of what I was doing (in my opinion).
I see people in the community that I know have been throwing for YEARS, and have some cool tricks to show for it, but whenever I see videos of even just their breakaway, it looks like they’ve been practicing a couple months. I know everyone has their own style and everything, but it seems like anyone’s own style could be improved by taking some time to focus on execution.
I am also fully aware that there are many people (especially on this forum) that throw for their own satisfaction and don’t really care how beginner they look or not. But I bet even those people would find it very fulfilling for their tricks to start looking like the second video instead of the first. I can sure tell you which was more fun to film.
Just something to think about.