Relf's Revenge 6

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     Relf's Revenge 6 is a three ball pattern that, ironically, has very little in common with Relf's Revenge. The trick can best be imagined as Rubenstein's Revenge with the "U-ball" thrown from the center of your body instead of under-the-arm. This forces a change in the arm flourish and gives the pattern a different overall cadence. Before attempting Relf's Revenge it is important that you already be fairly comfortable with Rubenstein's Revenge, but no experience with Relf's Revenge is necessary.

     To begin learning Relf's Revenge 6, start with one ball in your dominant hand and two balls in your non-dominant hand. Raise your dominant hand up to about shoulder height, and then shift both of your hands to the center of your body such that your non-dominant hand is positioned under your dominant hand. Make a roughly vertical throw from your non-dominant hand (ideally it should be angled slightly toward your non-dominant side) while simultaneously swinging your dominant hand under and around the thrown ball. As the ball peaks, your dominant hand should be circling over it; you will then throw the ball in your dominant hand over toward the non-dominant side of your body and claw-catch the first ball. So far this should all feel pretty similar to Rubenstein's Revenge. After the claw-catch you will then swing your dominant hand in a "C" shape toward the dominant side of your body while making a throw from your non-dominant hand—the throw will be made from the center of your body toward your dominant side, but it should be mostly vertical. This will clear space for your non-dominant hand to catch the ball thrown by your dominant hand. Your dominant hand will then, after completing its "C"-shaped flourish, catch the ball thrown from your non-dominant hand.
    As shown, practice this on both sides. You have just completed one cycle of Relf's Revenge 6. In order to connect both sides of the pattern together, you must change the way you catch the ball thrown by your dominant hand. Instead of simply letting the ball descend into your non-dominant hand, you are going to reach up and claw-catch it. You will then continue the downward motion of the claw-catch while simultaneously making a throw from your dominant hand that mirrors the very first throw you made; this will clear space for your dominant hand to catch the ball your non-dominant hand had thrown (the last throw of the previous step). You will then swing your non-dominant hand around and under the ball just thrown by your dominant hand before finally claw-catching it. You should end up with two balls in your non-dominant hand and one ball in your dominant hand.
    Practice this on both sides. To continue the pattern simply make a throw from your non-dominant hand before doing the claw-catch, and then just keep mirroring the first set of throws and catches you performed.

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