Well, I did it. I signed up for Buck Brannaman's H2 clinic coming up this summer. The clinic is described as having some roping, but I don't know the first thing about roping. So I took a lesson this morning, and will continue lessons until the clinic.
After getting some basic instruction, it was clear what I had been doing wrong. I learned the how to hold the rope, how to swing it over my head, how to hold the coils and where to put my left hand, and various tips for hand placement and follow through.
The big bummer is I forgot to bring my rope, as it seems to have this un-fixable twist that messes up my loop. No matter how I untwist it, it gets twisted again and it makes me say very bad words. The teacher had lots of ropes for me to use, and I felt pretty good using his. Of all the shots I took (at a bucket on the ground), I only missed one.
When I came home from work today, I got my rope and practiced some more. Still trouble with the coils and the twisting of the loop. I could get it okay one time, but I'd have to re-un-twist it every time. Ugh. Anyway, I put out a little table upside down, stood on the deck, and practiced. Colin thought it would be funny to get some video to document my frustration and attempts - and success!
I'll practice with Mac while we stand still and see how that goes!