In the beginning, the layback terrified me. Even more so the higher off the ground I went. The thing that took me awhile to get used to was how a small slide down the pole could feel like falling several feet. (Sometimes this occurs when your body is just settling into place.) Nonetheless, I always psyched myself out. The longer I practiced, the more I became used to my spatial awareness and my confidence grew. In the meantime, I was glad my teachers had my back whenever I felt frozen.