- Siteswap: 2T332
- Difficulty (1-10): 4
- Prerequisites: Georgian Shuffle, Kingston Shuffle (optional)
Rolf's Wave is a three ball
pattern that may be best described as a gutted Kingston Shuffle; the
multiplex has been removed, and there are no ball carries. However, the
"fake" throw (a throw made and then quickly caught by the same hand) at the
beginning and the claw-catch at the end are both retained. This makes for an
easier pattern overall, so the Kingston Shuffle is not a necessary
To begin learning Rolf's Wave, start with two balls in your dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant hand. Make a throw from your non-dominant hand toward the dominant side of your body, then reach over and claw-catch it with the same hand. As this catch is being made, you are going to cross your dominant hand over to the non-dominant side of your body and then perform an under-the-arm vertical throw. You will then drop the ball in your non-dominant hand (the ball it just threw and caught) and claw-catch the vertical ball just thrown by your dominant hand. Your dominant hand will then catch the ball your non-dominant hand just dropped.
Practice this on both sides. For the next step, you are going to make a throw from your dominant hand after your non-dominant hand drops its ball. You will make this throw from the center of your body, and it will be aimed toward your non-dominant shoulder. Your now-empty dominant hand will then catch the ball dropped by your non-dominant hand, while your non-dominant hand (having just claw-caught a ball) will claw-catch the ball just thrown from your dominant hand.
As shown, practice this on both sides. You have just completed one cycle of Rolf's Wave. To begin a new cycle on the other side of your body, simply make another fake throw (this time with your dominant hand) and then repeat the same throws and catches with your hands reversed. Rolf''s Wave is not the most visually striking pattern, but it can serve as a good foundation for more complex variations.