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How To Do a Monster Roll

March 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Videos: How To Twirl

The monster roll is an advanced baton twirling move that is beautiful, fluid, and challenging to master. (For you contact staff spinners, you know this move as the matrix). The monster roll can be done continuously, or can be executed as a transition with other rolls, to create an impressive sequence.

This helpful video below breaks the monster roll down into it’s components. You may find it beneficial to work on the distinct parts of the roll separately, and then gradually hook the skills together.

How To Do a Baton Twirling Monster Roll

This baton coach offers an excellent explanation with demonstration. Instruction is provided in executing the component moves of back neck roll, front neck roll, transitions under the arms, practicing using a neck trap, and rotating the body. Practicing these separate building blocks is a wonderful strategy that will improve your skills!

Here’s a sample of the monster roll, or matrix, done with a staff and without turning the body. You’ll notice the slowed down speed when done with the longer, heavier staff.

A big thank you to twirlsportjunkie in California, to Ella Burch in the UK, and to Wombatovich in the UK for sharing their YouTube videos!

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