How firm should my power grip be?

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How firm should my power grip be?

Postby MikeyDays » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:08 am

When driving how firm should my power grip be? I know that too loose is bad, what about too tight? How much pressure should the thumb have? I heard that it is better to apply more pressure towards the tip of the thumb.
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Re: How firm should my power grip be?

Postby Redisculous » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:36 am

Have you seen this video? Feldberg talks about using your thumb at about 10:50


Looks like I can only link to the mobile version. Disc golf monthly episode 94.
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Re: How firm should my power grip be?

Postby JR » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:21 pm

I suspect some of my findings because i'm injured and often times my subconscious opens my fingers even in putts despite conscious commands to grip tightly once the elbow starts straightening. I start out loose so that i can get a good acceleration of the arm and try to pinch with all my might late in the throw between the index finger and the thumb in drives. In the beginning it is good to have most of the grip power in the rear of the disc between the base of the thumb and the opposite side of the hand. Mids and putters require less index finger pinch. In driving the thumb pressure has a lot to do with the distance because to achieve a full disc pivot and a late enough rip in the full hit stage the thumb has to pinch hard because once the disc is off of the fingers you can't add power to the disc and in order to hold on to the disc long enough a lot of power is needed on both sides of the disc and the thumb is alone vs 4 fingers. So the thumb determines the grip strength and much of the distance and spin=flight path. Between 45 and 80 degree angle of the thumb to the flight plate helps in pushing down harder on the flight plate (leverage). It is way easier to push the thumb into the flight plate this way so there's more pressure and some of the plastic touches the sides of the tip of the thumb for more friction reducing slipping.

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