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Inverted Parsnip

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This pattern is part of the Selfless Passing series of patterns. The series is increasing in difficulty, each higher difficulty level has one club more and one zip less.

Patterns to do before this one

Inverted Parsnip


A 1|1: P Z Z P Z
B 1|1:  P Z P Z Z



B starts after A. Note that this is an asynchronous pattern - no throws ever happen at the same time.

A and B each start with on club in the left hand and one club in the right hand.

A starts and throws Pass Zip Zip Pass Zip, B starts a bit later and throws Pass Zip Pass Zip Zip.

It is important to throw nice floaty passes under which your partner can throw their passes without having to evade your incoming ones. This will become increasingly important the more you progress within the series of selfless passing patterns.

The zip-zip is a handing the club to the other hand and immediately handing it back. This can be just a touch with the club to the other hand without really handing it over twice when you start learning the pattern if that helps you to keep the pattern running for a longer time. You should not skip the zip-zip completely.

In general, zips can be done faster (closer to the last throw) than passes. Try to throw the passes as late as possible without making your catching much harder. Throwing passes much earlier than you must will force your partner to also respond earlier and can speed up the whole pattern tremendously.

Because this pattern only has 4 clubs and there are also 4 hands, it is possible to stop at some points in the pattern. This can be useful in the beginning, when you are still busy learning the sequence. But take care not to keep making these "thinking pauses" for too long. Having a steady rhythm in the pattern is important for success.

Additional Things To Do

If this becomes easy, you can try doing the single zip behind your back and also do the first zip in zip-zip behind your back and the second one in front so that the club circles around your body.

Next Patterns

If you haven't done it before:

Compatible Patterns

  • The Why-not Family The Why-not series of patterns has a very wide range of difficulties of patterns. This is one of the simplest patterns compatible with it.