I'm just getting back into disc golf this year after about a 10 year hiatus from the game. Back when I played in high school, my buddy and I never learned how to throw correctly and were (what I now realize) as terrible. We're talking "drives" of maybe 175' to 200' average on a flat hole.
After I started playing again I discovered the forums and really started reading. I used to do really funky things with my feet, and at least I now know what an X-Step is. However, that doesn't mean I can execute a proper throw. I've been getting out to max of 280', but it was really hurting my arm. My timing is tremendously bad and I often end up shanking drives to the extreme right. Just two weeks ago, I met a gentlemen out on the practice field of the local school and he noticed me struggling with my drives(sky-high, nose ups mostly). Logan is a local player that is involved in leagues and what-not and was very nice and helpful. He got my grip fixed (not aligned in hand correctly, and gripping mostly with middle and ring fingers). He's had me throwing from either a stand still or with a single forward step (similar to the pec drills shown on youtube etc). I'm actually throwing much flatter this way and getting 1-step throws almost out to the distance I was getting before.
One thing I'm noticing is that I still have issues throwing a Leopard. I have a brand new 170gm DX Leo that does nothing but turn and burn. I'm sure I'm not overpowering the disc, so I must still have some form issues. Can anyone point out any possible foibles that would be causing this with a leo? I read that it the leo is a great beginner disc and to me that reads as should be forgiving of less than perfect form. Perhaps I'm mistaken...
To give you a further idea of my skill level, I'm throwing a River (by far the most consistent driver for me right now) about 260' max with a single step and no real reach-back. Any ideas? Thanks.
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on Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:47 pm, edited 2 times in total.