2 - Raking Beginner Tips
TLP Course 1 - Lesson 2
Some of the most common coaching I have to give to my students when they are struggling with their raking attacks:
- 90% of the time students apply too much tension with their tension wrench.
- You can slowly wave your tension in and out.
- Are you spinning the correct direction? If stuck and unsure, try spending some time checking both directions.
- You can switch to other tools of the same type for a possible better feel or better fit.
- Find your tension "sweet spot". To find this, if you are raking for a long time, pause and hold that exact tension. Bring your ear to the lock, and then slowly release your tension wrench a little bit at a time. Somewhere in between the time between when your first pin stack releases and your last pin stack releases is going to be your sweet spot.
- If people are breathing over your shoulder, give them a task, or just tell them to go the hell away, to give you a different environment.
- Move the locked obstacle to make it easier for you to reach it or easier to be more comfortable while picking. And/or move your BODY around so that your hands are more comfortable.
- The lock might be opened and you might not know it. Occasionally push that tension wrench much harder just to see if the keyway (the "plug") will spin open.
- "Bogota Pi Titanium" set: $45. Seen in one of the first overhead shots. A credit card sized black vinyl case with three rakes, one hook pick, and one tension wrench. Fantastic tool I've carried for years.
- "Bogata Titan Mini Flats" set: $35. Seen taped to the back of a credit card in one of the fist overhead views. Bogota-style rakes are very smooth and just have a generally overwhelmingly effective design. These "flat" bogotas have no twists or bends in them making them a great option to store in your wallet at almost no added weight or bulk.
- "Mace Picks" $12. Seen at minute 3:11, the small triple peak rake with the small handle that has a cross-pattern on it. I ALWAYS recommend the Mace pick set AND almost any selection of Bogota-Style picks as a "two-set combo" that people should start their toolbox with. Great shot of how I carry them at minute 10:43.