Lots of people have trouble getting the timing of poi moves correct. Without good timing, poi will not look good and it can make the difference between looking average and looking good. I find that listening to music when you’re practising helps a lot. Poi is basically, just a form of dance and any dancer will tell you that it’s almost immpossible to dance without music. Why should poi be any different?
Some people will tell you that there is special poi music in a an attempt to get you to buy their stuff. It’s all bollocks. Listen to whatever you want. I personally find pop music and dance music the best because they have such a strong beat to spin to, however they can be a bit too fast at times. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter, just do what you think will suit you best. Oh, and remember to subscribe and tell all your poi friends about us!! People leaving nice comments is also greatly appreciated!!
Many people have different opinions on what weight the perfect set of Poi would be and I think it depends on personal preference. Heavy can spin much slower and give greater control; their own momentum keeps them spinning but they can be difficult when doing more complicated moves. Light poi spin a lot faster give a greater range of options in terms of tricks that are available. However they require a lot more energy to keep them spinning.
One of the easiest ways to adjust the weight of your poi is to fill a balloon with rice and use that instead of tennis ball or glow product. If you find the weight is not quite right or you just fancy a change, you can!! This method is easiest with sock/cone poi. I read somewhere that the optimum weight for beginners is 120g, I’m not sure whether I agree with this. I think that you should experiment yourself.
There is one thing above all else that will turn you from being an average spinner to being an amazing spinner. The secret word? Transitions. These are the things that allow you to go from one trick to the next without any pause in between. Very often, people either ignore them or forget about them, but they are so important!!
There is no point learning hundreds of different moves if you can’t link them all together in one seamless motion. However, I personally find them the hardest to learn and perfect. If you want them to look good it takes a lot of practice, but the rewards at the end are great!
Try different types of transitions. Stalls make a crazy way of going from the wall plane to side plane (or the other way round). There are so many possibilities, but this is what makes poi so good, the ability to personalise it at every step!!