Softcover in good condition. Dover publishing.
Exhibition rope spinning is a hundred-year-old American sport with strong Mexican roots, born amid the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of the great American West. One of the best of the old-time champion rope spinners was Chester Byers. When he wrote this book, he had behind him twenty years' experience of spinning his rope into rolls, figure 8's and zigzags in stampedes, rodeos, roundups and frontier days all over the country. He has a good way with words too, and if you'll follow his directions, you'll soon find yourself managing the rope like an old hand.
Besides being a wonderful spectacle, rope spinning makes great exercise too. Even the first stunts the beginner learns - the simple flat loop, the vertical loop and the Wedding Ring - bring into play the muscles of right and left arms, shoulders, neck, back and legs. More difficult stunts like the Butterfly, Ocean Wave, Zigzag and Roll-over even professional athletes and dancers find real exercise! Practicing these complex stunts will not only keep you in good physical shape, but will sharpen the coordination of hand, eye and body.
In addition to clear written explanations, this ebook contains plenty of drawings which show you just how to stand, the correct positioning of hands and arms, how to hold the rope, and so forth. All the information you'll need to begin rope spinning or improve your skill at it is here: the best kinds of spinning rope, the type of "honda" preferable for different stunts, how to overcome typical beginner difficulties such as twists and kinks in the rope, and similar material.
Whether you're learning for fun or for exercise, you'll find rope spinning a practical sport. With equipment that takes up little space and costs next to nothing, you can spin a loop any time and any place, indoors and out .
Foreword by Will Rogers, photos and illustrations.