Ask the Pros with Richard Durham

Dear Richard,
I am having a hard time choosing what rope lay is best for me. I find that I can swing a softer rope faster, but catch the same amount as swinging a hard rope. What should I do?
K.C., Lebanon , Ore.

Dear K.C.,
A stiffer rope is going to allow for more mistakes in your delivery. If you can swing a stiffer rope and still catch the same amount of steers, you should stick with it. If a steer happens to stumble or you throw a bad loop, a stiffer rope is going to stay open better when it hits the ground. A softer rope tends to collapse. It won’t stay open if there’s any change in the steer or your delivery. The stiffer rope can overcome some of those things.
Richard Durham