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Baoding Balls, Iron Balls, Exercise Balls.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by thefruitfarmer, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. thefruitfarmer


    Feb 25, 2006
    Kent UK
    I got myself some Baoding Balls the other day and I am really feeling the benefit.


    After a week, my hands are loosening up a lot and getting stronger. Also, it is quite good fun to do, like a meditation it requires a certain calmness of mind and it tickles the pressure points on your hand as the balls move around.

    I got them from a Chinese Doctor, who said to just play with them at first, no more than one hour per day and to learn something each time you pick them up. It is more of a workout than I thought and you could overdo it...

    Has anyone got any experience? How good are they for bass playing? Any potential problems with their use?
  2. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    Ahhh Balls
  3. thefruitfarmer


    Feb 25, 2006
    Kent UK
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I won't say that hand balls are bad for you, but they do nothing to help your playing. The only thing that helps your playing is playing.
  5. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    I agree with Jimmy in that they do nothing to help your playing. However, they can help to keep the hands supple and in good condition, especially when you dont have the bass to hand (pardon the pun !). They are certainly more beneficial than the grip gadgets that people often use, but to play anyway good, you have to...well...play..:)