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JoaoPedro
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Hi fellows!

I'm having some problems in choosing the right manipulation balls to my sweaty (not thaaaat much but sweaty enough to disable me to do some things) hands.
I've tried ping-pong balls (very good to palm but hard to manipulate) and golf balls (sooo slippery).
I've been thinking about Fakini but I don't know if they will also slip...

Any advice? I really love ball manipulation but I think I haven't found the correct texture of ball to me!
Any help would be great! Smile
João Pedro
Regan
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The Fakini Balls are the best and easiest to handle, IMO. They are made from a silicon??? I believe that is easy to grip and hang onto. They even make a set of Golf Balls that look just like real golf balls, but they aren't slippery.

Hop this helps.

Regan
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I agree with Regan! Also, you can try rubbing a bit of fanning powder on your hands for the sweat; it works for me. ROY
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I know that in the UK you can get a brand of products called 'Physio Sport' and within them they do a lotion which rubs into a powder and helps athletes to gips things easier. Large sports shops will sell weigth-lifters chalk and also some clear spray stuff that rugby players use (not sure of the name)to help them grip the ball easier. However if your are wearing black you have to be careful that you don't wipe your hands on your trousers.

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JoaoPedro
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Thanks for the tips. Anyway...That's a good tip! I'm studying physical therapy and I never thought about those products! Glad you mentioned it Smile !

I'll try the Fakini balls!
João Pedro
Bill Hegbli
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Just find a good hand lotion. There are many different types on the market. Then in the USA we have a product at golf pro shops called Golfers Grip. It a hand lotion that give your hands a feeling like roughing fluid on playing cards.
JoaoPedro
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That sounds good! Thanks for the advice Smile . I'll try to find it in a sport store.
João Pedro
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Putting your hands in cold water right before you practice helps also.
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I had a billiard ball act I did for 9 years and the best thing I found for the problem was to wash your hands right before a performance with a dish washing soap. It removes all oils and lubrcating things. And also "corn huskers" lotion works well. When it it first applied it gives a sort of tacky feeling that last a few minutes.
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I agree that Corn Huskers lotion will give you a tire-tread grip - used it for years. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly, drying them thoroughly, before applying the lotion.

I've found that Fakini's grip well if the hands are a little moist. Ping-pong balls and real golf balls are horrible for manipulation, unless you restrict yourself to using not more than two at a time.
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Hey Joao ,
a really great one was mentioned by wmhegbli - golfers grip lotion ! - works just great

( wmhegbli didn't I tell you about it in another topic ... ;-)

Anyway , another great thing is to use bee-wax ( pretty fresh candle wax - it's normally dark yellow --- I hope you know this kind of wax over there ) .
You just put the wax in your hand and close your hand a few times tightly around it .
After that, your hands will be really sticky --- this method is excellent if you use plastic or metal balls .

Cheers ,
Philipp
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The Fakini Balls are great because THEY palm YOU. The glossy finish is that easy to grip. They are a little scarce and pricey, but worth it.
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I just got hold of a geoffrey buckingham vid, and he recommends a lotion made from 3 parts rosewater and 1 part glycerine.
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I got some form the blackpool con, they have a brilliant grip and sparkley red (would be nice under lights)!!!!!

I think there from a german maker, chicago balls I think there called?

extremely light as well, (i think there just bubbles)

over all I like them
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I still use Fakini to this day and love them for their excellent gripping quality and overcraftsmanship. The book that Geoffry Buckingham put out, "It's Easier than you think, is simply a wonderful resource for the manipulator. If you can find a copy, I highly roccomend getting it. The chapter on holders and loads and stealing is worth it alone.

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Hey listen Fakini balls are the best. This next part sounds funny but it really works. Get some gel style deodorant and rub some into your hands. It keeps them from sweating and adds a good stick. Trust me good stuff.
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On the other side of the coin, also, make sure that whatever you put on your hands does not leave your hands cold. As much as we worry about sweating, the manipulator needs to make sure his or her hands are always warm.

If you have ever tried to do manipulation with cold hands, it is like doing it in super slow motion. It is the most awkward feeling.

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2 things.

First, Walter Cummings used corn huskers lotion so go for that. (if you don't know who he is and you are a "manipulator" shame on you and look it up)

Secondly, there should be a locked post on the top of this forum advising anyone looking for billard balls to use Fakini. We get a post like this every few weeks asking the same question and we the community seem to very much agree on the answer.
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I'll be honest, though I may get drilled for saying so. Fakini balls (though wonderful) slip through my sweaty paws like crazy. They are great when they are brand new and still have the mirror finish, but after a couple of months, they just don't work for me. I use rubber balls (not silicone) that keep the mirror finish and are a tad lighter. The finish seems to be tacky with sweat, not slippery. I do love Fakinis, but my hands are water faucets.

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I will say that Fakini Balls are very good and probably the best for 99% of the people. I do find that they will creep slightly in classic palm. Not a major problem but a disadvantage over wooden balls.

Walter Cummings...What a jewel? I think I have some tape of him working I need to dig out and look at again. Remember his story about treating the cards with Cashere Bouquet. If you hands sweat he would say, you can see tiny bubbles coming off your fingers. Most people do not know he was Neil Foster's teacher at Chavez.
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