Two ringers: Nancy, Thomas. Nancy worked on ringing form, with the primary goal of keeping the loop of rope from swaying out as she makes the catch, and on raising and lowering. When she has no distractions and is paying attention, the loop no longer sways out. She achieved this by reducing the horizontal component of the motions of her hands:
- Lean forward slightly from the hips so that at the top of each stroke, the hands aren’t back toward the ringer out of the line of the rope.
- “Wring” the rope or sally in the hands, twist the forearms slightly, and roll the shoulders back and down as the hands descend, to help keep the hands in a vertical line rather than throwing out in a wood-chopping motion.
- At the bottom of the stroke, don’t pull the hands in toward the body; instead, aim them at a spot on the floor a foot or so in front of the ringer’s feet, flipping the wrists toward that spot.
- (After the backstroke and before the handstroke) On the way up for the catch, keep the hands together and just on the back side of the rope and sally. Don’t let the hands go beyond the line of the rope and then come back to make the catch.