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Roller Tail
by Paul Maywald

 

No this is not a story, it's an observation I made after reading TRUE SPINNING ROLLERS II, by David Kowalski, and talking at length with Bill Schreiber who is featured in the book. I naturally had to run out to the loft and check the birds that rolled the best for me. They were right! When I felt along the back of the bird toward the tail where the tail connects to the body, there was no bunch of feathers, that area was smooth and almost as thin as the tail. The birds that did not roll that good and were loose in the roll had a bunch at that area, and felt like a hump. What Bill said made sense, when the bird goes into the roll it's a backward summersault, and the bird throws it's tail and head back, the tail should lay on the head. With the heavy bunch of feathers at the hinge point of the tail, the tail is restricted and can't lay back the full extension, thereby standing slightly up and  catching the wind on the roll causing the sloppy and slow roll we often see. The performer that has the good tail gives the hole we all want, and  the dynamite roll. It's like the hinge on a door if there is an obstruction in the hinge area the door will not open the full extension, only part way.

So, one more time-when we feel the hinged part of the tail, we want it thin not thick and heavy to allow the tail to lay back over the head. Not standing up catching the wind while rolling slowly. So much to check for, the wing, the tail, the body, and the overall body configuration. Where is the fun part?  I guess it's when the kit is up and we see the 1/2 and 3/4 turns and the rolls are class, the heart jumps, and a YES! is shouted out, that we know what it is to be a ROLLER PERSON! 

Comments are always welcome, agree or disagree, this causes one to think and study.

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