Let’s Talk Tap

How many of the following questions can you answer?

  1. Is it the tap same for a big girls as a small girl?
  2. Is tap the arch or the hollowing after the arch?
  3. Do big and small girls tap at the same time?
  4. Do we tap because a giant can not be made without tapping?
  5. Do we tap because of the low bar? If so, why do men tap?
  6. What is the perfect time to tap?
  7. What is the ideal technique to tapping?
  8. Do big girls have to tap twice and small girls only once? Or do big girls have to hold their arch for longer than small girls?
  9. Should small girls arch at all in their giants? If not how do they tap?
  10. Is the tap for a giant the same as the tap for a flyaway dismount?
  11. Are speed giants with exaggerated taps possible on women’s unevens?
  12. Can speed giants be done by both big and small girls on unevens?
  13. Are speed giants with exaggerated taps desirable for women on the unevens?
  14. Do they tap speed giants at the same time?
  15. Do you tap to compress the bar and get the action or to speed up the giants?
  16. Should tap always be taught before giants?
  17. Should giants always be taught before tap?
  18. Should big girls always be taught tap first?
  19. Should small girls always be taught tap first?
  20. Do big girls have to relearn a whole new technique when switching from a strap or single bar to do unevens?
  21. Should big girls waste time working giants on single bars without having to tap or pike?
  22. Should big girls straddle to miss the low bar when they tap?
  23. If they do, should they bring their feet together before they tap, after they tap or tap and bring their feet together at the same time?
  24. Is the ideal tap technique the same for a tall weaker girl as it is for a smaller strong girl?
  25. If girls can giant without tapping, why would they want to tap?
  26. Is tapping a more attractive technique than straight giants?
  27. Does it speed up the giant?
  28. Do big girls pike or break their shoulder angle or both to miss the low bar before tapping?
  29. Do big girls kick behind the bar after breaking to miss the low bar?
  30. Do little girls kick behind, also?
  31. Do big girls go pike, arch, hollow and little girls go hollow, arch, hollow when they tap?
  32. Is a faster giant a better giant if there is no release move or dismount?
  33. Do you teach two little girls to tap the same if you think one will grow up big and the other will always stay small?
  34. Is the tap for a big girl the same for a reverse hecht as it is for a Gienger?
  35. Is the tap for a small girl the same for a reverse hecht as it is for a Gienger?
  36. Is the tap for a big girl and a small girl the same for a reverse hecht?
  37. Is the tap for a big girl and a small girl the same for a Gienger?
  38. Is the tap done exactly the same way if the giants are done the other way facing the low bar?
  39. Do big and small girls tap the same way if the giants are done the other way facing the low bar?
  40. Is a perfect front giant tap exactly the opposite of a perfect back giant tap?
  41. Are front giants facing toward and away from the low bar supposed to be tapped the same way and at the same time?
  42. Are front giants facing toward and away from the low bar supposed to be tapped the same way for big and small girls?
  43. Are front giants tapped the same way for just giants and release moves and dismounts?
  44. Do front giant taps go arch, pike, arch; or pike, arch, pike; or straight, pike, arch; or straight, arch, pike?
  45. Do big tap swings improve dismount consistency or decrease consistency?
  46. Is there a point at which extreme tap swings make bar routines look uglier?
  47. Do big tap swings improve release move consistency?

Here are some other questions involving, big, medium and small girls, weaker and stronger girls, front and back tap techniques, taps for other releases and dismounts, but let’s just limit it to the following:

  • Do you have a scientific basis for your answers to the above questions or just an opinion?
  • Is there too much emphasis on tap?
  • Is there too much talk about so-called ideal tap technique and not enough about how each individual can best swing for giants, dismounts and release moves?
  • Is there really any perfect ideal tap technique or does it depend on the size of the girl, the strength of the girl, the bar setting and/or the skill being done out of the giant?
  • Is there really any ideal perfect tap technique then at all?

Incidentally, the definition of a big girl would be one who cannot swing straight through past the low bar and a little girl is one who can. A medium girl would be one who almost can swing through straight.

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