How to Nail a Horizontal One Turn

Baton may not seem like the easiest thing in the world, but with practice, you can master skills that will amaze your audience. One trick that might amaze your audience is a horizontal one turn. Some people have the hardest time in the world trying to nail a horizontal one turn!


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    Learn box preparation. When doing the box, literally sweep tip of the baton in your underarm, very lightly. It might sound a little nasty, but this makes it easier to toss the baton and it looks better than a sloppy preparation and/ or toss.
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    Do the toss. Toss the baton straight up. Always follow the baton with your eyes.
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    Perform the spin. When spinning, spot your spin by looking up at the baton, that way you're more likely to catch the baton and you won't get dizzy.
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    Be sharp with your arms when spinning. If you have your arms out, it increases wind resistance, which slows down your turn.
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    Always end with a smile. Do so whether you dropped the baton or not. Judges would rather see you smiling with confidence and drop the baton than to see you nail it but look unenthusiastic.


  • Stretch. It's definitely not fun having to suffer through a pulled hamstring.
  • Set a goal. Try to aim for 5 in a row, and then gradually increase per practice. If you drop, start the count over, even if you're on the last one.
  • Identify and correct mistakes. If you drop the baton, try to ask yourself what you did wrong. Then try to improve it by not doing what you did wrong.
  • Keep hydrated. Bring water to every practice.
  • Repetition is key.
  • Practice makes perfect!
  • Only skip practicing for emergencies (for example, sickness, family emergencies, too much homework, you get the point.)
  • Practice smiling in a mirror, to get a natural one when performing. You don't want to have to force a smile or look extremely fake.
  • Appearance is everything. Look like you're having fun!


  • Avoid:

    • Sloppy arms
    • Slow spins
    • Craning of the neck

Things You'll Need

  • Baton
  • Patience
  • Water to keep you hydrated
  • Twirling/ Athletic Shoes
  • Clothing you can twirl in (snug fitting, such as soffes, t- shirts, tank tops, etc.)

Sources and Citations

  • ^that is a link to a bunch of different organizations

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