I have been cheering for 4 years but I am just starting to learn my back
handspring/back tuck right now. Every time I go to do my backhandspring,
I twist my entire body to the left, like I'm trying to look over my left
shoulder. What can I do to correct this? Thanks so much!
the back-handspring is a BLIND entry. That means you will not SEE where
you are springing to until AFTER you've landed. Usually the twist/turn
your describing happens when a student is attempting to SEE the floor
where her hands are going.
Practice with a spotter & slow down the leg-spring & arm reach
for a few dozen handsprings and see if you can REACH for the mat with
your hands without looking... instead... FEEL how your body is traveling
and moving and let the FEELING guide you to your hands... also, use your
peripheral vision to keep your orientation.
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The surest way to CORRECT your handspring is to SLOW it
down VERY VERY slowly... and MAKE SURE that at slow speeds you are doing
EVERYTHING exactly right... Do LOTS of repetitions at SLOW speeds... (you
need a spotter to go slowly) THEN... GRADUALLY increase the speed....
with lots of repetitions at each increase
and if you do that right... as you get back up to full-live speed you
may still have to CHOOSE whether to do one of the old-messy wrong-but-fast
handsprings... or to do your new well-formed handspring...after a few
HUNDRED correct ones you'll probably forget the old-bad one.
With matting (an incline mat with a folding mat on top of it is great)
you can create a workout environment that lets you experiment some...
to learn and play with small variations in your handspring. Think of it
as STUDYING your handspring... and explore how different changes in your
timing, approach, push, etc. affect the results you are getting.
Have fun, be safe push HARD!