How are we doing? I went out today and practiced several things. I took my 5 foot, 6 foot and 7 foot out and vollyed with each one for a while, did some target work, screwed around in general, but at least 10 minutes was spent of volleys with each length. I enjoy seeing how slow I can go and still get a crack.
Mark, I think its fine to skip around, especially if you are spending more than 10 minutes out. Here's the thing, there is no catching up. We all revisit the old stuff, and should be when we are out. Just focus 10 minutes on the crack that we are on, then go 10 minutes on something else you want to try. The most important thing is not to try to go so fast that you pick up bad habits. As above, I spent 10 minutes with my longest whip, then 10 minutes or so target time, then danced around doing whatever (the long whip is most fun doing dancing whatever) and then flung it aside and picked up the 6 footer and did it all again. Then flung that aside and finished up with volleys with the short whip and the 20/20 first lesson, since they go the best with the 5 footer.
Lastly, I practice with headphones on. A personal peeve is people who are so focused on the crack that they just power through their lessons. It's hard on them, the whip, and they are just enforcing bad habits. By wearing the headphones, I can't hear the crack. I hear the music, I go through the motions and when I learn to do them right, I always have a crack. Always.
I hug the people I hate, so I know how big to dig the hole in the backyard.