The Ball has become a staple in the drytooling industry as a must-have hold in everyone's arsenal.
This 1-1/2" Ball is easier than the smaller sizes of balls to hook on. It is also large enough to grab as a hand hold. Balls expose a climber's tool technique, even for elite athletes. Keeping your tool close to the wall with constant force is required.
The 1-1/2" Ball is a beginner-level hold though it can easily be used for any difficulty. It forces the climber to place the curve (under the beak of the pick) precisely on the backside of the Ball. The curvature is very slippery, so if the climber allows their tool to rotate on the z-axis, the pick will pop off the hold.
The XY-axis is left to right on the hold against the backplate. The Z-axis is in and out from the backplate.
The 1-1/2" Ball can be set directly on low-angled walls, though we recommend placing them on volumes that lessen the angle of the wall you are setting on. Putting this product on a wall 10 degrees overhanging or steeper becomes increasingly difficult, even for the advanced-level climber.
The smaller the Ball, the more tool control is required, especially in the Z-axis plane.
The 3/4" Ball is the most challenging size. The 2" Ball is the least difficult and is large enough to use with your hand.
Size: 1-1/2" Diameter
Stands off the wall: 1-1/2"
Backplate: 4" Circle
Material: Stainless steel
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RESPONSIBILITY: Please be aware that it is unacceptable to drytool at your local crag. Drytooling damages natural rock. You should drytool only in places where the local community has dedicated the area and never on established rock climbing routes.
DRY TOOLING ETHICS: What You Should Know before heading out.