The smaller, lighter polys are a little tougher(like CCH said) to swing, your loop collapses easily if you swing too fast. You have to get your arm behind you and swing slower and float it, much like a reata. If it is getting a figure 8 in it you might be using too much wrist and not enough elbow/arm to swing.
That is why I suggested the Open Range ropes they have the feel of a nylon, your loop stays open like a nylon but it is a poly/nylon blend, they seem to last a long time. I have one that I bought 4 years ago and I don't think I would be exaggerating if I said if I said I have roped several hundred head of yearlings with it. Plus they not as weather temperamental as a cotton(cotton is very moody! horrible in high humidity or extreme cold) or a poly. And my polys glass over fast sliding on a slick horn. But that is going to depend, are you using rubber or a slick horn and sliding rope?
That will also determine your rope length too. You will not need 50ft of rope if you are roping in a small pen with rubber.(but you could buy a 60/65 ft rope, cut it in half and tie a hondo and slap a speed burner on it and have two ropes) Otherwise buying a 40 ft. rope and cutting a couple of coils off is a waste of money.
I also find it cheaper to buy poly rope off the spool rather than buy a rope with hondo and burner on it if you decide a poly is the way to go.
CCH touched on tip weight which is very important. Hence why I have a variety of ropes with different material, lay and size all depending on the feel I like given the situation and weather. I think it is pretty experimental.
I attached a pic of some different ropes with speed burners(one is a cheap breakaway hondo, obviously), I cut the rawhide burners off and put the plastic ones on. If they are a 5/16 or a scant rope a put a little electrical tape underneath before pinching them on so the don't slide around. I like them better than the rawhide ones.
Also I cut the knots off the end if they came pre-tied and I put some electrical tape on the end to keep them from unraveling.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
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