Is it the worst idea ever to practice rolling by myself? I went to a roll clinic on Wednesday. The instructor kept telling me I was making progress. I think I have all the pieces, I just need to put them together. I’ll be going to another roll clinic again on Wednesday, and doing as many as it takes for me to get it. I feel like with a little more time I can get it by myself. I’m comfortable with wet exits. I don’t have a pool to work in but I do have a nice big deep slow pool in the river that is free of any rocks to hit or things to get caught up on.
I am left handed. My dominant foot is my right though, which is slightly unusual. I also do many things right handed instead of left. I was trying to roll left handed. After I came home and watched a few troubleshooting videos and tried some motions, I’m starting to think I should have been doing it right handed instead. I feel like my hip snap will have much more power and control right handed instead of left. My paddle sweep may not be as precise as left handed, but I can dial that in as will. I have no doubt I can get this with not much more time at all. Now I really just want to go do it.
FWIW the first thing I plan to do after getting a roll, whichever side it may come on, is to learn it on the other side. I used to juggle for fun. I frequently found after learning something on my strong side it was much easier to transfer it over to my weak side. It’s mostly just a matter of getting the timing down. I feel like rolls will be the same way. Once I understand the timing on one side I’ll have it on both sides.