roadkill wrote: This is further evidence that yours is a timing issue rather than a strength issue. When we try harder we tend to get out of psynch. The most common problems are a backswing that is too fast or the forward swing begins too fast.
Yes, it's definitely a timing issue with me, that was the point I wanted to make. The week I worked on my X-step and added about 20 feet to my drives. I am still improving and I realize I'm not on the level of many here.
Wasn't my intent to say that forearm strength is not important. Just people nowadays have a tendency think that hitting the weights is the answer to everything, when in fact technique is probably 75-90% of things like tennis, drumming or disc golf.
As for the backhand throw being like a backhand drive in tennis, I wish they were similar but they really aren't. On a backhand you swing your arm low to high in a vertical plane. As a result, you don't straighten out your elbow and you really don't even rotate your hips. You are pushing forward then up. The backhand drive in discgolf is almost 90 degrees to that-- you keep your arm on a fairly constant vertical plane (depending on shot) and swing horizontally. You won't ever tennis pros whirling around on a backhand like you see disc golfers do finishing their shots.
The one area where playing tennis and drums has really helped is in coordination. Most people don't have wrist, hands, and shoulders independence. I remember trying to learn how to throw nose down and anhyzer, with my friends. They basically spiked the disc into the ground (and still sometimes do), but it's not a problem for me. Same thing in reverse with throwing high. People lean back, their back shoulder dips, and their hand turns as they move their arm. People's bodies instinctively follow the nose of the disc and vice versa.
This is why putting and approaches are the best part of my game. I have good touch, and the ability to get a little extra zing if I need it without a big run up. My drives are weak because they require the me to work the less coordinated parts of my body (legs, hips).
A few of my drum students have those gyroballs and I think they're one of the better devices out there (though I do not recommend them for guitar) because they require coordination and not just strength.
I would say the same thing about the plyometric exercises I like. It's not that they build up muscles quicker but rather they force you to control your muscles. It's not how powerfully you can contract or elongate, but how smoothly and quickly you can go from contraction to relaxed to elongating. That's what generates explosiveness. To me, that's more coordination than raw power.