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How to skip rocks


An expert rock skipper can achieve dozens of skips in a single throw. To begin your quest for stone skipping success, follow these steps:

1. Select a skipping stone

The stone should be mostly flat, about the size of the palm of your hand and about the weight of a tennis ball. Triangular stones tend to skip best. Avoid circular stones. They’re less stable.

2. Grip the stone properly

Hold it with your thumb and middle finger, then firmly hook your index finger along the edge. Your thumb goes on the top of the stone, not around the edge.

3. Throw the stone

Stand up straight, facing at a slight angle to the water. Try to maintain this position during your entire windup and release. The lower your hand is at the release, the better.

Throw out and down at the same time. A skipping stone is bouncing off the water, so give it plenty of downward force. Try throwing faster instead of harder — strength is not the key, quickness is.

4. Release the stone

The faster the stone is spinning, the better it will skip. Spin it as hard as you can with a quick snap of your wrist. The stone should hit the water parallel to the surface.

Tips by Jerdone McGhee, founder of the North American Stone Skipping Association.

7 Comments on How to skip rocks

  1. I have 10

  2. My latest record is 16!

  3. MinecraftPlayr547 // August 2, 2015 at 4:12 pm // Reply

    I’ve always wanted to skip rocks, my dad can but I can’t. My cousins can, but I can’t. This is good if you are wanting to skip rocks but can’t. I’ll try it next time i go to Steele Creek!

  4. PINK FLUFFY UNICORN // June 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm // Reply

    21 skips

  5. my old reacord was 4, but i used these tips and i got 9!

  6. I take slate and shatter it then it brakes into the best skipping rocks ever. They can cut you but try it be sure to have a shattering boulder

  7. the dude // May 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm // Reply

    i got 11

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