Mostly everyone can throw a disc or Frisbee.
It is not too complex of a concept for even a young person to grasp. However, once you get past the initial beginner stages of disc golf, the game requires you to adjust your "default" throw.
You may not even be aware of it, but your hand and fingers will maneuver differently when you are facing various shots.
Wouldn't it be great to know what is the best way to hold the disc in an immeasurable amount of circumstances?
Well save your hoping and wishing for another time, because we have provided you with a substantial amount of information you can utilize on your next round of disc golf below!
The Basic Grips
Some of the jargon in disc golf can get somewhat confusing. It may take some time for you to sling around this slang on a course, but we have saved you the time you would have spent scouring the internet looking for these alien terms. Let's start with the basics.
This is most likely how you grew up throwing a Frisbee or disc. This throw and grip requires the arm to be brought back across the body, and then extended away from the body as the disc is released at the correct time.
It is important to pay close attention to make sure your body's weight is shifting from back foot to front foot in the follow through of this throw. This throw usually requires four fingers under the rim of the disc, while the thumb rests gently on top. Take a gander at this article to get a better look at what this looks like.
Otherwise known as "sidearm", this strange looking release is the much more advanced form of the two. It requires a flick with primarily only putting two fingers under the disc.
In order to make the grip work, you have to somewhat tilt your body as you launch the disc to capitalize on distance and accuracy. This article depicts how to throw using this grip, and supplies a variety of ways to hold the disc.
Disc Golf Throw Terminology
Some of you may have heard people throw these words around during a disc golf game or on a disc golf forum, and have been too embarrassed to ask what they mean.
It's okay. We will help you out.
Here are some disc golf grips/throws for you aspiring disc golf players that want to impress your friends with this advanced knowledge. Throw away that thesaurus and dictionary! You no longer need it! (Don't do this actually. We will not reimburse any thrown away dictionaries or thesauruses.)
What's a Hyzer?
This is a fancy word for a throw that throws the disc at an angle at which the disc will bend a given direction. If you are a right-handed player utilizing a backhand throw, the disc will curve to the left. In this case, the part of the disc you are not grabbing will be lower than the part of the disc you are holding onto. Just let expert disc golf player Dave Roper explain to you in this short video.
This throw is the opposite of the hyzer, meaning the end of the disc you are not holding will be higher in the air compared to the end you hold. For a right handed disc player throwing the disc with a backhand, the disc would curve to the right. If you need more assistance, watch this short video.
How To Throw Consistently
Sometimes it can be hard to remember all of these tiny details. It can seem impossible to include a million different ideas into a split-second shot. We have narrowed down some of the most valuable information to consider when figuring out how to hold and throw the disc.
It may seem counterintuitive, but you actually want to release your drive with the nose of your disc angled down. This article states that you may gain 50 more feet on a drive by " tip your wrist down in the backswing and keep it down through the ejection." Nose down gets a thumbs up!
Speaking of thumbs, this finger is utterly important in your grip of the disc. The thumb is not just used for friendly gestures or, if we were in the Middle East, vulgar statements. The thumb applies pressure to the disc, and depending on how much power the player is wanting, the more pressure the thumb should apply. Check out this video and fast forward to the 52nd second-mark.
Just like any good player or coach in any sport, you will be forced to make adjustments on-the-fly. Part of this is integrated into the game itself. Disc golf driving grips are different than disc golf approach grips and even putting grips. Learning how to figure out which grip suits you best in various situations.
How Weather Affects Your Throw
As you all know, the weather is as unpredictable as the lotto numbers. Windy and rainy versus sunny and clear presents a massively different game. You may have to tighten your grip to keep it from slipping out of your hand, or you may be able to not stress too much about it with perfect conditions!
There are few things that affect every single move and shot in disc golf, but your grip is one of them. Although it may seem like a minute detail, it ultimately can make or break a single whole or an entire game.
You don't believe me?
Tell me that whenever you let go of your disc way too late and you have to go fetch it out of the disgusting swamp. Yaaaa that's not fun. Just ask this guy (watch the 4th guy).
If there are certain grips or tips that we did not cover, let us know! Otherwise, go get a grip on yourself...or your disc..you know what mean.