Today we were doing distance testing of five different discs as beginner/intermediate disc golf throwers. For me, the results were far from anything desirable – I was throwing my favorite disc, the Star Destroyer an average of 195 feet over ten throws. I was also throwing the far flying Innova Beast only 180 feet, until I made the following changes. By making these changes, you will be able to change from a beginner thrower to at least intermediate.
Change the direction which you face
I noticed my throws had a high flying rainbow affect which didn’t allow for much air time. Their velocity (speed) was great, but they just didn’t have the hang time that a disc should have. What I changed was the direction that I faced while making my throws; instead of facing forward, I turned 90 degrees to the right. This allowed me to lower my arm while I made my throw making a much more level throw that sailed through the air.
Keep Index Finger and Middle Finger Close
When throwing it, I was trying to put as much power behind it as possible, and really just smash it. I felt that when my index and middle fingers were in the shape of a V that it would really fly, but I was wrong. When I put the fingers together I was able to have better control of when to release and the angle of my release and a higher spin. This increased both speed and accuracy.
Crouch Through The Throw
While my throws had drastically increased by this point, I wanted to focus more energy behind the disc and really get all of my muscles contributing to the power behind the throw. If I released from my crouch early from the throw, it just didn’t have the same power, so I was would bring my arm across the front of my body my abs would be flexing and I would be in a low almost sitting position.
After making those tweeks, my throws would be level, low, and straight for a distance of anywhere between at least 260 and up to 300. When I was able to control the natural S curve of the disc, I would be hitting the fence at the end of the baseball field where we practiced.
It was really a lot of fun to watch these discs just fly by the end of the session. What’s even better is that by the end of throwing a disc 50 times, I would usually be experience a lot of fatigue, but with the changes in the form fatigue was not settling it like it normally would, I was able to throw many more times beyond my previous throw count.