Juggling Shower Practice Hits and Misses

I’m still working on the 3-ball juggling shower practice. I’m up to the toss and catch. It has taken me a couple of weeks to get beyond just dropping balls all over the place.

There are a couple of methods I’m trying. One of them is to start the toss and catch by tossing up the 2 balls in my dominant hand right away, one after the other (which I’ll call Method A). The other is to toss just one ball up (Method B).

Method A is illustrated using an animated stick figure and circles on a website called the Library of Juggling. It’s also recommended by some jugglers. Method B is demonstrated on the website Taylor Tries.

I thought Method A would be the only one I could hope to master, but I can’t seem to work my way up to tossing the second ball up high enough to work my way into the actual shower pattern—which is very fast, in my opinion.

But I couldn’t manage to do Method B at all until today. I would consistently drop all the balls. I’m not sure what made the difference today, but that’s been the usual way I progress. I get stuck and somehow, I get unstuck if I just keep practicing.

Where I’m at today is usually where I have trouble working into the juggle pattern. I had the same problem working into the 3-ball cascade (which Sena is working her way up to now). I have trouble letting go of the ball I need to toss in order to start the actual pattern.

I’ll be working on trying to sneak extra throws into the toss and catch for now. I need to let go.

Author: James Amos

I'm a retired consult-liaison psychiatrist. I navigated the path in a phased retirement program through the hospital where I was employed. I was fully retired as of June 30, 2020. This blog chronicles my journey.

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