Four Ball Takeouts
Four Ball Takeouts is, as it
sounds, a four ball version of Takeouts, accomplished by adding a
multiplex to the normal 423 pattern. For this reason it
might help to already be familiar with tricks like Cliff's Confusion, which
share the same style of multiplex throw. Regardless, you should definitely
have regular Takeouts mastered before attempting this version.
To begin learning Four Ball Takeouts, start with one ball in
your dominant hand and two balls in your non-dominant. Cross your
non-dominant hand under your dominant hand, and then make a short
under-the-arm stacked multiplex throw from your non-dominant hand while
simultaneously revolving your dominant hand up and over the top multiplexed
ball. Catch the bottom multiplexed ball with your dominant hand as it
completes its revolution, and then catch the top multiplexed ball with your
now empty non-dominant hand.
As shown in the animation above, you will want to get to the
point where you can perform this step on each side of your body in rapid
succession. To add in the fourth ball, start with two balls in each hand.
Make a throw from your dominant hand toward the center of your body, and
then cross your non-dominant hand under your dominant hand and make an
under-the-arm stacked multiplex, clearing space for your non-dominant hand
to catch the ball previously thrown by your dominant hand. As that stacked
multiplex throw is being made, swing your dominant hand over and around the
top multiplexed ball, catching the bottom multiplexed ball as the hand
finishes its revolution. As that catch is being made, make a throw from your
non-dominant hand toward the dominant side of your body, clearing space for
the hand to catch the top multiplexed ball. The last ball will then also be
caught by your non-dominant hand (on the dominant side of your body.
Practice this on both sides. To run the full pattern, simply
modify the last part of the previous step so that the last ball is caught by
your dominant hand after it makes an under-the-arm multiplex throw on the
non-dominant side of your body (mirroring the second throw and first catch
of the sequence). Four Ball Takeouts is one of the easier four ball tricks,
requiring only an hour or two of practice if you are already experienced
with regular Takeouts.
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