Corkscrew 720's or, "cork 7's" are one of the coolest looking tricks on the trampoline, hands down. This article will show you how to perform one with an easy to understand, step by step pace to have you landing cork 7's in no time!
- Since a cork 7 is one of the more difficult tricks on the trampoline, make sure that you already know how to do both a backflip and a straight 720 first. These two tricks are the foundation of the cork 7 and you will have a very difficult time trying the cork 7 without them. Once you've completed these two tricks, you can go onto the next step.
- Get warmed up by performing a few backflips and 720's, then perform a "180 degree" back drop. (A back drop is just where you jump onto your back) To do this, get a small bounce and on your takeoff look back and to the left, (or right if you spin goofy) landing on your back facing the same way you started. If you are having trouble, try tucking your chin slightly into your left shoulder and opening up your arms; when you land you should be looking up at the sky. Just think of it as a combination of a back drop and a slightly inverted 180.
- Now you're ready to attempt a cork 7. Don't be intimidated as cork 7's are actually quite easy once you get the hang of them. Once you've got a medium to large bounce, on your takeoff you'll want to stand up as tall as you can, looking behind your back and down at your right heel (if you spin counter clockwise). Make sure that you get plenty of spin by really tweaking your upper body the way you spin, along with throwing your right arm down and to your left. The takeoff is the most important part in a cork 7, so make sure that you stand up on your takeoff and use your core strength to create your spin.
- Once you leave the bed of the trampoline, (don't do this step too early) you will want to tuck your body into a ball; sometimes it help to bring your knees to your chest by putting your right arm over your shins. This is the part of the trick where you get most of your spin, so look over your shoulder and get as much spin as you can. Your feet will come up towards your head about one half way through tricks, then go back down; when you feel them coming down look for your landing and put your hands out. This is one of the only tricks where it's ay to look for you landing early in the maneuver.
- Keep in your tuck until you can see the tramp bed and feel that you've gotten all the way around. Then open your body and stick your landing. It may seem scary and difficult at first, but you'll soon find out that cork 7's are really easy!
Some common problems are not making it all the way around and going too off axis; both of these depend on your takeoff. Make sure that most of your energy goes into your spin, not your amount of "off axisness." In other words, you can control how off axis you spin is by where you look. The more you look down with your spin the more aff axis it will be and the more you look to the side the more on axis it will be. The cool things about cork 7's is that you can do many different amounts of inversion and still land it cleanly. So once you get some practice in, you will most likely find that cork 7's are easier, cooler looking and more fun than straight 720's!
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