How to get started with Freestyle Footbag

Whenever I perform freestyle footbag in front of an audience there’s always one individual in the crowd that decides he wants to learn how to play. Later on after I’m finished I’m usually asked by this one individual how they should go about getting started with freestyle footbag, and for that one individual in every crowd I decided to write this guide.

 

Equipment

So first things first, if your serious about learning to play freestyle footbag you need to buy yourself the right equipment.

As for a starter bag I would recommend a Mr. Sandbag. You can buy these from Freedom Footbags here. Once you have all your basics mastered it would be best to move on to a 32 panel pellet filled footbag. You can also buy these from Freedom Footbags, if your at this level and are unsure of which to buy I would recommend buying a Hania footbag.

Now for shoes just about any pro freestyle footbag player would tell you to buy rod lavers. Afterall, they are the most widely used and durable freestyle footbag shoes you can buy. However in my opinion Nucleus shoes are much lighter and in the long run can help you land harder tricks that require more leg speed. They also force players to play using good form which can be very beneficial to a players well being in the long run.

Finally for clothing I would recommend buying shorts specifically made for footbag. I say this because I’ve literally gone through dozens of shorts that have driven me crazy while playing because they weren’t fitted properly for footbag. Shorts that aren’t designed for footbag can often be difficult to use during the execution of more complex moves and sets. So for this reason I would recomend buying a pair of shorts from Fourkast.

 

Learning to play

Alright so you have all your equipment and are ready to play. First thing you should do is check to see if there is a footbag club or group in your area. You can do this by visiting footbag.org and going into the clubs section. Alternatively you can just click this link. If you have a club in your area I would recommend contacting them and joining up with them to play footbag. If the club contains any experienced members then they will be able to help you learn freestyle footbag much easier then trying to teach it to yourself.

However if you’re one of the unfortunate many that don’t have a footbag club in your area you can follow tutorials and learn on your own here.

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Contact Me

If you wish to contact me for any reason you can send me an email at nathanfreestylefootbag@yahoo.ca