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How to skip rocks

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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.

91 Comments on How to skip rocks

  1. I never skipped stones before because I can not find any good stones. Boo-hoo-hoo. ):

  2. alex1z2x3c4v // November 1, 2009 at 9:53 pm // Reply

    once i skipped it 30 times and all you have to do is get it to 25 degrees and something as big as half your hand and throw it as fast and spin fast

  3. I’ve skipped a stone 12 times!

  4. thanks for the tip now i can go beat my friends

  5. bob pearson // August 23, 2009 at 9:04 am // Reply

    If skipping rocks was a professional sport i would be on the alstar team. This lesson of skipping rocks i feal has a few flaws. while i do agree triangular rocks get good amount of skips they are also much harder to throw because of the of the points.see if uthrow a triangle rock at imperfect angle or to hard the three points of the rock are likley to pierce the water which would end up in a bad skip.

  6. hey i was with some friends and i got 16 skips and then i got 17 skips.

  7. adverge 10-15 best 27

  8. pro skkippper // August 8, 2009 at 10:43 pm // Reply

    I once skiped it one hundred and eleventeen times!!!! :P

  9. skipping stones for girls

  10. If your a beginer, skip coins. that’s
    what I did

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