Once in the inverted position, the athlete should use their legs, core, and shoulders to begin swaying side to side. When ready the athlete will lift one their hands off the ground and touch their shoulder. Once momentum begins to take them the other direction, the hand will be put back on the ground while the next hand is prepared to repeat the same process on the opposite side.
It is important to note that the client maintains a good hollow position before beginning this movement. For a better description of what that is check out the wall facing handstand hold video execution portion.
The purpose of this exercise is to get the client comfortable with transferring weight from side to side in a handstand position, while keeping a good hollow position. This will help the athlete’s coordination and balance when moving on to handstand walks, static handstands, and handstands with shoulder taps (without the wall support).
Once prerequisite mobility and strength are achieved, this is a great skill transfer drill for freestanding handstand movements. It can be used as part of a handstand progression, a warm up, or even a cool down.
This can also be made easier by only lifting your hand slightly off the ground, rather than picking it up all the way to your shoulder. Other variations include, back facing shoulder taps, freestanding shoulder taps, and any of the many handstand drills posted on the Central Athlete YouTube channel.