“It’s all in the wrist action!” was the response by a young lad in the TV ad for the game, Battling Tops, back in the late 1960s, when asked by an eager TV reporter, ’Champ, how do you do it?”
As an innocent 12-year-old, this exhortation suggested nothing more than having to adjust your wrist in such a fashion that twiddling a lever with a suitable level of pull and twist which was attached to the spinning top, would ensure that it spun out on to the game’s board and decimate its opposition – the battling tops – within seconds of being launched.
As this 12-year-old grew up, the importance of wrist action in vastly different contexts became of increasing interest and not a little alarm. In the school gym for example, the flick of your wrist could mean a badminton racket spinning out of your hands and over the net with the shuttlecock laying forelornly in front of you; behind the school bike sheds, your wrist action was critical to ensuring the ash on the end of your cigarette fell to the dirt and not on to your maths homework and in the bathroom, the correct flick of the wrist was the difference between a first, clean shave or slicing your throat.
It was all in the wrist then and it’s all in the wrist now, when it comes to ensuring you follow through on the ball which you have just delicately lobbed towards the net, hoping with bated breath for the moment when it starts its arc towards the hoop… and the net…and oh. The ground. That flick of the wrist action clearly didn’t quite cut it on that occasion.
No matter. The stats are getting better and the optimism never fades. The failing wrist is just another sign of the times.
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