Webster missleg Grandmasterswipe (GMS)

Misslegs are probably the most common transition used specifically to be technical, or to give the impression of difficulty for difficulty’s sake.  This transition is rarely used to create momentum, or even sustain it, but instead it is used to create a certain ‘wow’ factor.  To create a missleg transition, create a reversal where the second leg literally misses the ground, usually without swinging past the base leg, before changing its line of momentum and launching back into the next trick.  A simple concept to understand is that quite often, if the direction of the combo changes, it’s a missleg.  This is not true all of the time, but it’s a good starting point for identifying misslegs, particularly with invert axis tricks.

Missleg is one the most misused transitional names in tricking.  It seems anytime a singular transition occurs that isn’t a swingthrough into a cork, raiz, or webster, the missleg name gets thrown around.  This transition can be subtle, at times, so its important to look for the defining feature of the transition.  Look for the in-air leg to travel as if it is going to land, then abruptly change its path.  This is what sets it apart from a swingthrough.  Similar to misslegs is its cousin, the rapid, which can be described as a one legged punch.  This means that a rapid is a more or less instant transition where the landing leg just bounces off of the floor, rather than planting and allowing the in-air leg to rebound its momentum, such as in a missleg.


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