I've been hooping for a couple of months now. I'm no pro by any means, but I've noticed that people downsize the size of their hoop after they start to get better. I'm not sure how to tell if I'm ready to do this or not. How do you know? Do you base it on how awesome you are at the different tricks? As I experiment with different moves, I think sometimes that certain things would be so much easier if I had a smaller hoop, but isn't it harder to do on a smaller hoop? Ugh, I suppose I could just make a smaller one and see what happens. Any thoughts?
Just make some smaller hoops to have and play with. Pick them up, see how it feels. You don't HAVE have to downsize but it is good to have a few different sizes of hoop in general. Bigger hoops are fun to really dance in and smaller hoops are lighter to flip from trick to trick. Naturally as you progress on your own you will find the size that fits you best. do what feels best to you.
I figured that would be the best thing to do. Thanks :)
The only time thats right to downsize is if you want a lighter, faster, smaller hoop. They have their uses but it doesn't reflect *anything* on your hooping ability to use a bigger hoop. I think people have (I know I have) gotten really into the idea that the bigger a hoop is, the easier it is to learn on and we tell ourselves that if we're using what's easy to learn on, that if we're going to prove that we've improved we must then use a smaller hoop. Or something along those lines.
Hoop size is all about how much space you take up inside it. A friend of mine can hoop with one of my 24'' minis AND pull tricks like the vortex with it. (I want to see her multi hoop with them though). She's the tiniest person I know though, and that's pretty tiny.
If you really want to, I second and third and fourth and a billionth suggest what others have, play around with what works for you. A 36'' hoop is exponentially easier to carry around full size than a 40'' hoop. And a pile of 36''ers are exponentially x the number of hoops ^ umpteenth billion times easier to carry than a an equally sized pile of 40'' hoops.
Working on twins can be a reason to downsize too. I think the main thing I'm trying to say is that you'll know when the time is right to make the switch to a smaller hoop because you'll find you want to do things that you can't or that hurt you with bigger hoops.