geoloseth wrote:Speaking of making strides, when brad and I were talking and playing yesterday he mentioned incorporating a pendulum motion in the pull back where your arm swings downward instead of punching the disc backward. He tolde how Blake had mentioned it to him and how it lowers your front shoulder which almost all of the longer throwers do when airing shots out. I has tried droping the my shoulder in the practice field but I was droping it while still punching the disc backward. Yesterday it clicked and I realized that I had seen another person do that with his throws, my other friend who throws 500'+. I used to think that it was just some goofy form that he used and that was not part of the reason he threw so far. But yesterday I tried doing it for long shots, just swinging my arm downward and back. When I did it correctly it felt like my whole body had tendon bounce and the disc just launched out even further with the same effort. The only problem I had was that it naturally put the disc on a hyzer angle during the pull but now its just a matter of time before I get used to it and start pulling the disc level.
So as I see it now the keys/steps to a fundamentally good long throw are:
Keeping your weight forward on the x step (landing on your toes)
getting your swing back to drop the shoulder
pushing of your back foot to drive your plant foot and get your weight forward
getting your pull going as soon as you plant
keeping your wrist open but loose enough to let the wrist naturally cock itself
pulling through your front shoulder
extending your wrist
continuing to drive off of your back leg to open the hips and gain more momentum
accelerating through the hit
letting your body naturally follow through
Those are the main things I focus on getting locked in and they might be happening at different times in real life and there are probably 100 more subtle rings that have to take place, but that's what's going through my mind.
geoloseth wrote:Pulling through your front (throwing arm) shoulder is just something that helps you get out of the way of yourself. Its easier if you have a reach back that turns your back to the target. Basically your pulling your arm through your body like your trying to catch up to your throwing arm shoulder (you can't do it but you can try). This causes your elbow to come out in front of your throwing arm, it helps you pull straight at the target, and it stops you from having your shoulder open up too fast during your throw. Plus for me it helps me throw more explosively where I'm not throwing with just one speed and I'm hittig like I'm punching my hand at the target.
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