TWJ Club (text-based)
Matt's Mess, also referred to
as the Simultaneous Mills Mess, is a variation of the Crossunder pattern in
which the center ball is thrown from the outside and travels between the two
vertical balls before being caught in the middle. Essentially it is a fusion
of the Crossunder and Reverse Infinity, so before attempting Matt's Mess it
is important that you already be comfortable with both of these patterns.
To begin learning learning Matt's Mess, start with two balls
in your dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant hand. Cross your
arms and make the same pair of throws you would normally perform in the
Crossunder and then, as those balls begin to descend and your arms uncross,
throw the third ball such that it will travel from the outside to the middle
of your body. Catch the two vertical balls and then make another set of
crossed-arm throws (in the opposite configuration). The center ball should
travel between these balls and then be caught as you uncross your arms by
the hand that was crossed under your other hand (just like in the
regular Crossunder). You will then catch the two vertical balls.
As shown, practice this on both sides. This is pretty much
the only intermediate step you really need to practice. To run the full
pattern simply make another outside-to-middle throw with the center ball and
follow it up with a set of crossed-arm vertical throws. To get the greatest
effect out of Matt's Mess you will want to juggle it low and compact, close
to the size of your regular Mills Mess pattern.
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