Throwing a houlihan?

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    05-23-2013, 06:46 PM
Throwing a houlihan?

Ok, hows it done. I know the rope is swung clockwise but other than that I really don't know what to do with my wrist and what not.

I've just been piddleing out in the back yard and wanted to try something different.
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    05-23-2013, 07:42 PM
Green Broke
You have to basically learn to do by doing. Lol.
Remember to keep your elbow up, a lot of people drop their elbows. When I throw one, I release roughly right in front of my face, maybe a bit to the left (havent thrown many of em) and snap my elbow and give my wrist a little flick to get it moving cause im a wimp. Also, remember your follow through!!!
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    05-24-2013, 12:16 AM
I am assuming this is a backhand? I am horrible at it, but I can repeat what I was told...
You grip your rope like a coffee mug rather than a pistol grip. The movement is clockwise and the forearm draws the loop back and the momentum carries it forward, when you release the hand is palm down flat and there should not be a lot of arc in the delivery.
Again, I am not a good person to take advice from on this one...LOL
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    05-24-2013, 12:49 AM
Ya, I'm thinking it is a backhand. I thought there was a roll of the wrist on delivery but wasn't sure which way to roll it. Roll palm up or roll palm down. Maybe I was thinking of another throw though.
    05-24-2013, 07:53 PM
Green Broke
Now you have me sitting in my living room with a kids rope. Lol.
I always end up with my pinky side of my hand up and pointing at where I threw, but that is with no follow through.
    05-28-2013, 08:57 PM
I roll palm down and have little follow through. I don't know if I'm doing a classic houlihan, though. But, it's what I use to catch horses in a corral.

Okie dokie. I looked at a few videos on youtube. I do like this fellow from Germany. *shrug*
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    05-28-2013, 10:54 PM
I just got done feeding horses and threw a couple of loops at the dummy...
Caught a few then asked hubby because like I said I am famous for doing it incorrectly!

Arm back, power comes from the shoulder and elbow, not the wrist. Same as mentioned above, coffee mug grip, momentum in the loop comes from drawing it back not pushing forward. Your hand should be palm down and fingertips up like if you were pushing on a wall when delivering. The loop should land fairly flat and open, the top strand hitting behind the head on the neck and causing the bottom strand to drop. If your loop comes down at an angle(like if the loop was a knife and the calf was a block of cheese) then you really have to make an ideal shot according to hubby which is how he throws but makes it work.
    05-29-2013, 12:04 AM
Originally Posted by boots    
I roll palm down and have little follow through. I don't know if I'm doing a classic houlihan, though. But, it's what I use to catch horses in a corral.

Okie dokie. I looked at a few videos on youtube. I do like this fellow from Germany. *shrug*
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Ya, I did find that video after I posted the original post. I guess it helped a little bit. I'm just having a problem with my loop staying almost straight up and down instead of flattening out a little bit. I guess I'll just keep throwing loops. I'm just piddling around with it. I don't think I'll ever get real handy with a rope unless its in a haul system for a rope rescue deal at work.
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    05-29-2013, 12:07 AM
I want to rope so badly, can I practice on dogs?
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    05-29-2013, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
I want to rope so badly, can I practice on dogs?
Yes. And cats, but they quit on ya pretty quick. Same with unsuspecting friends who doubt your ability, at least once.

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