Hey Tommy. I had the exact same problem when I first started trying backrolls. The bad news is I don't think there is any trick to it. When you pick up bad habits, it's hard to get rid of them. What happened to me was I would try and focus on holding the handle, but I soon as I got into the air, I lost that focus and dropped it again.
What helped me was to have someone videotape me and then watch exactly when I was dropping the handle. Holding on super tight to the handle during my approch made me land my first one. As I'm saying this to you, I just had another idea. Even when I had landed my first rolls, I couldn't get them consistent and sometimes still dropped the handle. I think this was because even tough I had the correct rotation, I couldn't spot the landing, which made me drop the handle since I was mentally headed for a crash. Turning my head towards my lead shoulder as I started the trick was the key to getting it consistent.
Last but not least, stay positive! After a while every time I went for a roll, I would think "Here goes another crash". Might sound dumb, but I think correcting that small voice inside and telling it that I was actually going to LAND this one helped me a lot.
Hope this helps you in any way, and hope you land it before the season ends! Good luck dude!
(Message edited by janzy on September 13, 2005)