thanks guys, yeah my biggest problem was definitely it just going wild/swinging/not being able to stop it very quickly. I didn't want to use my hand that wasn't holding it very much since I feel like that compromises the gyro. I believe I have it balanced, and the 2 second drop test works, so I don't know how else to adjust it. As Myles suggested, will pulling the weights up (shortening the shaft) help?
sorry, I kinda turned this into a "help me use my glidecam" thread but figured it'd be better than making a new one.