TWJ Club (text-based)
The Follow is a three ball
pattern in which one ball is carried behind another, duplicating its arc,
and then switches positions for the next cycle. This trick is one of the
many 423 variations and as such it's a fairly easy pattern to learn, though
the carry might take some practice.
To begin learning the Follow, start with one ball in each
hand. Cross your non-dominant hand over to the dominant side of your body
and position it right above your dominant hand. Make a throw from your
non-dominant hand back toward the non-dominant side of your body and then,
as you are making this throw, begin following the thrown ball with the ball
in your dominant hand, continuing as the thrown ball peaks and begins to
descend. Catch the thrown ball with your non-dominant hand, making sure to
follow its descent with your dominant hand; the held ball should end up
positioned right above the caught ball, similar to the way you started (with
As shown, practice this on both sides. You will want to be
comfortable enough such that you can switch directions quickly and smoothly.
To add in the third ball, start with two balls in your non-dominant hand and
one ball in your dominant hand. Position your non-dominant hand above your
dominant hand and then throw a ball from your non-dominant hand back toward
the non-dominant side of your body. Follow this ball with your dominant
hand, just like you practiced in the first step. As the thrown ball descends
you are going to throw the other ball in your non-dominant hand as an
under-the-arm throw, crossing it over to the dominant side of your body
beforehand. This will clear space for your non-dominant hand to catch the
first ball it threw (the one being followed). You will then throw the ball
in your dominant hand—which should have finished its carry and now be
positioned above your non-dominant hand—back over to the dominant side of
your body and catch the under-the-arm throw with your now empty dominant
hand. Your dominant hand will then catch the last ball.
Once again, practice this on both sides. Notice how the last
throw is basically a mirror image of the first throw—to continue juggling
the pattern simply follow that last ball with your non-dominant hand and do
the under-the-arm throw with your dominant hand, repeating the cycle with
hands reversed. The Follow is an easy but fairly unique three ball trick,
which is a great combination for beginners.
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