531 200
3 ball freeze-frame





Full period







(Ground state)
111 - (5)
11001 - (3)
1011 - (1)

Ladder diagram


Stack notation




 531 is a symmetrical 3 object siteswap where all the throws cross. The objects are thrown and then caught in the reverse order: the last object thrown is caught first (actually this object is not thrown, it's just passed from one hand straight into the other), and the first object thrown is caught last. The right hand throws the first ball at 5 ball height (a 5), then the left hand throws the next ball at 3 ball height (a 3), about a quarter of the height of the 5, and then the other ball is passed straight from the right hand to the left hand (a 1). Then the same three beats are repeated, starting with the left hand throwing a 5 with the ball that was just passed to it. All the 3s are done with the same ball. When the pattern is done with the right heights and a good even rhythm, the 5 and the 3 peak at the same time.

3 ball 75300 360 animation
Video: 3 club 531 in body throws by Kenny Cheung

Siteswap exercisesEdit

You can use these exercises to practice the same kinds of throws and sequences of throws that are done in this pattern, before you learn the full pattern.

Some of the siteswaps listed below are shortened to leave out parts where you’re not doing anything. Click on them to see animations of the exercises.

You should practice doing these starting with your right hand and with your left hand, so that you will be ready to learn the full symmetrical pattern.

Prerequisites: 441, 501

Exercises to prepare for 531:

  • 2 ball 53
  • 2 ball 31
  • 3 ball 5


Trick 926

Trick 926

3 ball 531 with the 5s behind the neck by Haavard Hvidsten

Siteswap of the Day 22 (531 bounce)

Siteswap of the Day 22 (531 bounce)

3 ball 531 with bounced 5s by Robert Wood

531 Mills Messes

531 Mills Messes

531 Mills mess tutorial

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