Topic: Dynamics of a Whip
I wasn't sure if it was prudent to post a whole topic about this, but I wanted to ask some questions about whips. Some of them may sound ignorant or dumb, but I hope you folks can enlighten me.
I was wondering a few things about whips in general.
After using my bullwhip for a almost a year, I notice that the opposite side of where it 'coils up' is much more rigid than the side that wants to bend a certain way. This makes forming a loop and performing cracks correctly on that side a lot more difficult. Is that a normal phenomenon with whips? Is it a sign of damage, or is there something I can do to alleviate the tension, perhaps like rolling the whip?
Also when I feel the whip while cracking, sometimes it feels like it wants to twist. I notice the plaiting wasn't always dead straight, but maybe through my inexperienced hand it has exacerbated things as the plaiting seems to be twisting a little.
I don't want to sound like I am making a mountain out of a molehill, but I was hoping people with more experience might be able to school me up with this.
Thank you very much.