DISC GOLF TIPS
Disc Golf Lessons:
The biggest problem with throwing a disc is that most new players have to unlearn bad habits. This short instruction is aimed in that direction.
PRESSURE POINT DRAWING
The basic throw is backhand and the proper grip is the key. Look at the drawing, then pick up your disc and imitate it. Almost the entire grip is between the thumb and index finger. The other fingers change the angle of release or help add more grip. Many players learn to throw by using the thumb and finger grip only. Remember the harder you throw the harder your pinch. Relax the rest of your body and throw. Donít try to establish a record until you throw and follow through are relaxed and consistent.
The stance for a drive is shoulders and feet in line with the line representing the line of throw you desire. The distance throw is always on this line. As you get closer to the hole and are making an approach throw, you can loosen up your foot placement to as much as 45 degree for a putt.
The back swing is like winding a spring. Plant your feet on the line. Sit
down two or three inches to loosen your hips then bring the disc back as far
as you can reach. Your arm should be directly over the line to the target and
your wrist should be cocked so that the disc is touching the inside of your
throwing arm. The throw is an unwinding of the spring, first the ankles,
knees, hips, stomach, shoulders and lastly your arm. If you feel like you have
snapped a whip, you are getting the idea.
HIZER & ANHIZER
To throw a left curve, tilt the disc to the left and a right curve curve tilt disc to the right. Experiment!
HE BACK HAND THROW
There are many schools of thought as to bending the elbow during the backswing. The fully extended arm is the longest fulcrum we have available to throw with. Why take a chance that it may not be fully extended during the throw? Start with it straight and end with it straight. This will insure maximum hand velocity and you won't have to worry about timing.
THE TEE OFF
The putt is your most important throw. Turn 45 degrees from the line, hold the disc in the same grip you drive with. Paint the target up and down to be sure you are lined up, focus on one link of chain. Take A REHEARSAL throw in your mind and throw. Focus and practice. A word of caution, only imitate a CHAMPION!
How to Choose Disc Weight:
Disc weight plays a large part in the flight characteristics of discs and the success that players will have with them. While disc weight may seem insignificant and is often overlooked, it is quite important to find discs in a weight that will help you achieve maximum success.
When considering drivers you want to throw straight, you should take your power level into consideration when choosing a weight range. If you are a higher-powered player, discs at 170g or higher should give a controlled, stable flight. If you are a player of moderate power, discs in the 167-172g range should be a good choice for control and distance. If you are a lower-powered player or beginner, you will probably have best success with discs that weigh in the 160's, or even discs in the 150 class.
If you are looking for a disc to curve to the right, lighter discs will be easier to turn. If you want a disc to finish hard left or fly better into the wind, heavier weights will hold up better in those conditions.
Releasing the disc with the outer edge at an angle lower than parallel to the ground. This will cause most discs to curve to the left.
Releasing the disc with the outer edge at an higher than parallel to the ground. This will cause most discs to curve to the right.
High Speed Turn
The characteristic of a disc to curve to the right at the beginning of its flight when thrown hard.
Low Speed Fade
The natural tendency of a disc to tail left as it slows down at the end of its flight.
A term used to describe the relative resistance to high speed turn and amount of low speed fade of a disc. A more over-stable disc will generally have higher resistance to turn and greater low speed fade.
A term used to describe a disc with relatively low resistance to high speed turn and less low speed fade.
The term used to describe the flight of a disc that curves to the right when thrown flat or at hyzer. A less over-stable or under-stable disc will generally be easier to turn over.
Releasing the disc with the front end of the disc lower than the back end. Certain discs will fly better when thrown nose down.
Releasing the disc with the front end of the disc higher than the back end.
A term used to describe the flight of a disc when it peaks in height and drops off to the left without much glide. This generally occurs when the disc is thrown with the nose up.
A term used to describe the flight of a disc when it begins by turning to the right and then "flexes" out and glides back to the left.
A type of throw where the disc is turned over so far that it lands on its edge and rolls.
A term used to describe the arm speed and power a player gets into their throw. More snap will generally make the disc fly faster and further.
Types of Discs
Fast and low profile, these discs are made for distance. Drivers can be found in varying levels of stability, ranging from discs that will gradually turn to the right to discs that will pull extremely hard left immediately after release. Although these discs are the longest flyers out there, this is accomplished at the expense of accuracy.
Used for the "in between" distance shots, midranges are often the staple of a golfer's game, especially on shorter courses. These discs are generally of medium relative speed with good glide and a focus on control rather than distance. Although the recent trend in disc golf has been to develop smaller-diameter discs, many of the very popular midrange discs are of medium to large diameter. Midrange discs generally are taller and more blunt than drivers but sharper and flatter than putters.
Putt and Approach
The most blunt edged discs, Putt and Approach discs generally have a tall profile and are slow flying. Used for putts as well as short drives and approaches, these discs are made to fly straight and are the most accurate discs in a golfer's bag. Putters are often made in soft, tacky plastic in order to grip the chains better and stick in the basket.
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