441 Mills Mess
The 441 Mills Mess is a
variation of Mills Mess done with the 441 siteswap, meaning each ball is
thrown and caught by the same hand, and a horizontal pass is done every two
throws. When performed properly, the 441 Mills Mess looks superficially
similar to the regular Mills Mess, except for the quick exchange of a ball
To learn the 441 Mills Mess, start with one ball in each
hand. Cross your dominant hand underneath your non-dominant hand, and then
make a vertical throw from your dominant hand. As that ball reaches its
peak, make a vertical throw from your non-dominant hand, and then uncross
and recross your arms in the opposite configuration, catching the first ball
with your dominant hand, now on top, and the second ball with your
non-dominant hand. Notice that the balls did not switch hands.
As shown, practice this on both sides. To add in the third
ball, you are going to start with two balls in your dominant hand and one
ball in your non-dominant. Cross your dominant hand underneath your
non-dominant hand, and then make a vertical throw from your dominant hand
followed by a vertical throw from your non-dominant hand (as done in the
previous step). As you uncross your arms, make a horizontal pass from your
dominant hand to your non-dominant hand, and then recross your arms and
catch the two vertical balls in the same manner as the previous step.
As shown, practice this on both sides. To run the full 441
Mills Mess, simply make another vertical throw as the second ball approaches
your non-dominant hand. That will clear space for you to catch the second
ball, which will then be used for the horizontal pass after you make another
vertical throw from your dominant hand. The 441 Mills Mess looks best when
the vertical throws mirror the throws done in the normal Mills Mess, so make
sure to angle the vertical throws toward the center of your body.
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