In the Philippines, slingshot is commonly known as “tirador”; used as toys by some children and some use it as a tool, to shoo stray animals in the farm or even eradicate unwanted pests; e.g. rats, mice, etc. It takes a lot of practice to master and be a professional slingshot user.
From Biñan, Laguna hails Jayvee Baylon, dubbed or known to be as the Master in Slinghot and considered as a top-caliber sharpshooter because of his astounding proficiency and accuracy in hitting any chosen target, with the use of slingshot.
Jayvee considers the use of slingshot not only as a hobby though. He’s also an expert slingshot maker that’s why he now owns a shop which specializes in making various types and shapes of slingshots. He even made a Facebook page just for the appreciation of his fellow hobbyists, who all are slingshot fanatics. A page where he can display all his creations, for others to admire.
One of the many slingshot collections of Jayvee Baylon, showcasing his love and passion for the hobby that he considers now as a sport:
Watch this video as Jayvee Baylon exhibits his expertise in the use of slingshot:
A slingshot or tirador, is normally a small hand-powered projectile weapon. The classic form consists of a Y-shaped frame held in the offhand (non-dominant hand), with two natural-rubber strips attached to the uprights. The other ends of the strips lead back to a pocket that holds the projectile. The dominant hand grasps the pocket and draws it back to the desired extent to provide power for the projectile—up to a full span of the arm with sufficiently long bands.