It's always quite worrying watching a baby tumbling towards oblivion...
except this time the fall wasn't over...
it was more 'around'.
My friend's daughter, affectionately nicknamed 'Monkey', had just learned to roll over.
Here she is. She clearly has attitude.
She rolled completely without control at this point and so quickly that I was scared she would hurt herself...
but her rubbery baby body made that almost impossible.
She rolled so quickly that it was like she wasn't rolling herself.
It was more like she was a puppet on strings, being rolled by an external force.
Fast and easy.
Speed on stings doesn't just exist with babies. We see it in sports sometimes.
You've seen people do things so quickly and effortlessly, it almost looks like they're being pulled along by invisible forces.
Compare this to normal performance that looks much harder work and it's easy to see why some people consider 'speed on strings' a God given gift.
We all had it once. When we were babies, like Monkey.
But many of us lost this way of doing to some degree or other through picking upbad habits (see the previous article series on bad habits here).
With work and use of the correct methods, we can reclaim some of our speed on strings.
Rolling is actually a great way to begin the process.
Practise learning to roll from your front to your back with minimal effort will start to give you some babyesque rubberiness back.
I've attached a video of a baby learning to sit up by itself.
Look at how she never strains.
She just slowly, after a few trials, effortlessly rocks onto her backside.
I want to you to approach rolling in the same way.
I don't care if you manage to roll or not.
It's the strain-free attempts that will free you up.
And that new freedom will give you a little more 'speed on strings' whatever your game.
Arton "Big Monkey" Baleci