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Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. A great pastime for people of all ages, disc golf is a fun event that can be played socially or in solidarity.
A relaxing stroll across a course on a warm spring morning is enjoyable for everyone.
But as with most hobbies and sports, most people want to be good and excel in their playing.
Disc golf can be a difficult sport to play and develop skills in. It isn’t easy to excel.
However, there are many ways to improve play, mostly based on practice and repetition.
One way to drastically increase one’s performance and to lower your scores is to throw the disc farther.
The cages are not very close to the tee pad. Hundreds of feet separate the launching point and the final destination.
Approaching the cage quickly is the best way to improve your skills, as a quick approach will decrease the throws necessary to finish a hole.
Many people have learned how to throw farther in disc golf, allowing them to drastically decrease their scores.
A few tips and tricks, when utilized properly, can help you throw your disc much farther and set you up for a much more successful putt.
How to throw farther in disc golf
The first step in throwing deeper is to be comfortable. Having a relaxed body will allow for a smoother and more comfortable throw.
Natural tendencies for throwing deep include tensing the body during the throwing process.
These tendencies can be detrimental to the throw.
A tense body will slow down muscle movement, making the throw come off slower and with less spin.
Tense muscles also make it more difficult to aim.
When you are learning your deep throw, make sure you find a fluid, smooth motion that allows you to remain comfortable.
A solid grip
A solid grip is the next step to mastering a perfect deep throw in disc golf. The grip is another aspect where comfort comes into play.
Having a tight grip will cause issues with the release, but so will having an overly loose grip.
A happy medium has to be found.
When holding the disc, there should be no tension in your arm or wrist, but you should still have a firm grasp of the disc.
After many sessions of trial and error and repetition, you can develop a natural feel for how to properly grip the disc, making it more of an act of second nature.
If the grip is too loose, the release will be early and the throw will come across slow.
The same thing happens with an overly tight grip, except the release becomes late.
Having a developed understanding of the technique and flow of the throw is the most important aspect of the throw.
This is where the majority of the power for the throw is generated, which is contradictory to the common assumption that the run-up generates the most power.
Though a run up can increase the power on a throw slightly, it can greatly mess with the required mechanics and can greatly alter the accuracy of the throw.
If accuracy is compromised, the distance may not matter as you may have thrown the disc far, but it went away from your target.
Mastering a proper technique will develop a throw that travels much farther as compared to a throw with extra steps.
Picking the right disc
A large variety of discs are available for purchase. This variety includes discs made for putting to mid-range throws to driving.
When first starting, many experts and advanced players recommend starting with a putter for all throws.
This will allow you to develop your technique in a much more efficient way.
Beginners should start by using lighter discs with slower speeds and low stability.
This will teach you to throw properly instead of trying to overpower the disc down the range.
Choosing the right throw for you
The most common throw for disc golfers is the back hand.
For a novice or common player, a simple stroll across the course will show the most experienced players throwing deep throws with a backhand.
This, however, may not be the right option for all players.
The backhand throw can be difficult for beginners to truly understand how to throw.
This will lead to a lack of power on the throws, lowering the distance the disc travels.
Beginners can try throwing a forehand, or sidearm, throw to increase their distance.
The forehand throw is often more comfortable and easier for those who played sports like baseball to pick up.
The throw is more fluid and allows for greater accuracy for beginners.
When throwing a backhand, the thrower needs to turn away from their target in order to generate momentum.
A side arm throw allows the player to keep their eye on the target, lowering the risk of an accuracy issue.
This is arguably the most important aspect of throwing a disc farther.
For more developed players, a simple small step approach can be used to generate an extra boost of momentum into the end of the throw.
This is not required, however, as a throw from a locked in position can generate as much power and momentum for beginner players.
One way to generate more momentum is to create a full body process.
When you throw with just your arm, you are placing a cap on the power and momentum that you can generate.
A lot of power can be generated from the hips and legs.
A single pivot step or twist of the hips will add more drive to your throw.
When you go to throw, reaching your arm farther back will also create more power and momentum.
This will give the arm more distance to travel on the throw.
Moving the arm like a pendulum from high to low to high will also create a launch point with more momentum and more power.
Following these tips can help you greatly increase the distance and accuracy of your throws.
Increase your distance to get lower scores and be a better player.
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