Chuck Kennedy wrote:Note that you cannot always run up. But you can always stand and deliver. Thus, the simple logic of learning to throw as far and as accurately as possible with no run up needed. You throw primarily forehand and I throw backhand so that may make a difference. I'm guessing my knees may be in better shape although not necessarily due to disc golf?
The same logic also follows for champs like Barry schultz who have determined that straddle putting is the most logical primary putting stance. You can almost always straddle putt from most locations. In fact you usually have two stance options to the left and right from your mini. There's only one foot forward alignment and you are hindered from doing that many times in the woods.
Haha. This is crazy logic even by Mad Scientist standards. Perhaps I should always throw while sitting on my butt. Because no matter the footing I can always sit down. Perhaps I should learn to throw while blindfolded to be ready for blind holes, darkness or loss of sight.
Disc golf requires adaptability due to the various challenges. So it is not like a free throw in basketball where a player can use just one form because the shot never changes. We have to be able to straddle putt and loft putt and forehand and backhand and roll and overhead and yes, stand-and-deliver, as dictated by the shot. But the odd exception should not dictate the general rule.
For our primary driving form we should develop a form which places the least strain on our bodies and maximizes power and control. Very few players would adopt stand-and-deliver based on this standard. Oh, and very few players actually use stand-and -deliver. More importantly, if we rely on the lessons of the best players stand-and-deliver remains exceptionally rare, including Barry Schultz who uses a run up.
Since putting is the shortest shot it places the least strain on our bodies and so is a weak analogy to driving. Since putting is the hardest and most important shot to master we need to use a primary form which works best for each of us. I'm guessing that if Barry Schultz was a significantly poorer putter from a straddle position then he would only do so when forced by the circumstances.