Bradley you are a genius! It finally clicked for me. I know that this concept has been mentioned countless times by Blake and others on this forum as well as the DGCR forums, but I don't think it was ever really emphasized in such a way that I actually considered it to be my problem. I've always assumed I wasn't pulling close enough, or not stopping the elbow even though it felt like I was, and I was also not understanding why I would feel the weight of the disc so much when I did the Blake's secret technique drills, but when it came to actually throwing I couldn't reproduce it. I realized that when I've actually been throwing I lock up my entire grip instead of just the pivot point which prevents the pivot from actually happening. I always wondered what everyone was talking about with needing a strong grip, because I could whip a disc hard as I wanted to and never have it pop out if I clamped down with a little bit of effort. I just chalked it up to all the years of guitar, bass and drum playing having developed strong wrist and finger muscles. Eventually, I found that if I did not grip until the very last instant (and I mean the last possible instant), that I would kind get what I assumed everyone was talking about; the disc pulled loose of my fingers with a snapping sound. In actual reality I was half slipping the disc out trying to get the noise, but since I was gripping with my thumb and all four fingers equally hard it wasn't pivoting and was really just slowing the disc down right before it came out. Plus, half the time I didn't know which finger would rip last so my accuracy was total shit.
Anyways, after reading Bradley's post I went out yesterday morning to test the new idea of gripping with my index and thumb only; I didn't even include my pinky on the disc and the other two fingers were there simply to help support the disc. like so:
With my very first throw I felt the weight shift I've been missing and I felt the disc pivot around my grip with it and !Bam! it ripped right loose. I threw a 350' line drive with my star Leopard about 6' off the ground using about half of the effort I use to get a sidewinder out that far last fall. Keep in mind that this is in the snow at 18 degrees wearing two layers of clothes, no run-up and with gloves on. On top of that I did it 6 times in a row to the exact same result. The best part is the accuracy; having only one consistent rip point instead of 4 random ones, is obviously SOOOOOO much more accurate. I am completely baffled as to how I never picked up on this before. Thank you for driving it into my skull that one last time.
This should be the week we start to loose some of this snow in MN and hit 50 degrees so it came just in time for me. It's gonna be a good year for disc golf.