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Old Nov 03, 2007, 09:43 AM
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Right hand vs Left hand for DLG lauch?

I am justing starting out in DLG. I am right handed. Should I train myself to launch with the left hand?

Are there any good websites teaching dlg launch technique?
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 10:26 AM
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Typical DHL launch setup

If your 'right' handed, you will want to throw with your right hand, and hold the TX in your left during launch.
Most people setup a launch preset,(usually a tad of up elevator), on the TX that is triggered on a momentary switch accessible with the hand that is holding the TX during launch.
After launch, you will have plenty of time to get your launch hand back on the stick to arc the plane over at the apex of the throw.


Hope this helps,

Jeff
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 12:43 PM
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There are advantages to launching and catching left handed. As you make your approach to catch you can fly the plane right into your hand. On launch you can fly the plane immediatly and this will help you put the plane exactly where you want it more efficiently.

Of curse this does not help if your launch suffers because you are trying things wrong handed. I have tried launching wrong handed and it just felt (and looked) bad.

Bruce Davidson
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 01:02 PM
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If you have a look on youtube, you will find plenty of examples of launch techniques.

Everyone has their own take on whats good and whats not.... the only thing everyone agree's on is a straight arm and not trying to "flick" your wrist at launch.

Be aware of tip-strikes too.

If you are right handed, its almost certain that you will launch with your right hand.

I agree with Bruce about being able to control you model when catching/launching... I solve the problem by flying mode1, and mixing my rudder stick to control the ailerons when landing.
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by magee8578
I am justing starting out in DLG. I am right handed. Should I train myself to launch with the left hand?

Are there any good websites teaching dlg launch technique?
There's a pretty good DVD available from Paul Naton at www.carbonart.com
featuring some of the best lefthanders like Bruce from Kentucky, and Joe W.
Another excellent lefthander - Jens Kleinert - can be found at www.pcm.at putting his Fireworks on orbit.
But if you're righthanded, why would you want to throw with your left hand?
Cheers,

Yves
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 02:09 PM
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perhaps he wants to launch lower....
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Old Nov 06, 2007, 10:10 PM
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I have tried launching wrong handed and it just felt (and looked) bad.

Bruce Davidson
Bruce,

If I remember correctly, you always launch wrong handed. Of course I wish I could launch as well right handed. Or something even close.

Doug
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Old Nov 07, 2007, 11:09 AM
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But if you're righthanded, why would you want to throw with your left hand?
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perhaps he wants to launch lower....
When I was a novice at DLG, I had this thought too - "If I'm right handed, how will I fly the plane through the launch phase if I've jsut used it to throw the model?". What I didn't realise was just how little there is to do on the Tx if you have the model setup well - a smidgen of preset is all that's required, and if you don't want to you don't even have to have that (with careful setup).

On the flip side, until you've worked out your best technique and got it familar enough to be in "muscle memory", there's absolutely loads to remember on the launch - hand, wrist, arm and feet positions, weight distribution, arm angle, etc etc. As a result throwing with your "wrong" arm is going to make a difficult thing even trickier IMHO (plus that arm is likely to be less strong to start with).

Matt
most of whose throws look wrong, even using the right arm!
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Old Nov 07, 2007, 11:17 PM
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Due to the Coriolis effect, there is some advantage to throwing left handed in the northern hemisphere and right handed if you live down under.
Of course if you live down under you have to throw standing on your head.
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