drinkysr wrote:In previous expiriments with it I have had no luck - rapid climbs to 60 feet then knifing into the ground.
It sounds like you have nose angle issues, but that's perfectly normal for a beginner, especally one who has an Ultimate background. Most disc golf discs, especally drivers, require the nose of the disc to be angled downward with respect to the trajectory of the disc.
I'd highly recommend the grip article and the Rick Bays article to get you started.
For me, the major things I do to keep the nose down are:
1. Make sure the disc is above the seam in my hand and in line with my forearm (from the grip article)
2. Make sure I don't start my pull until after I plant my foot (using an x-step)
3. Make sure my weight is forward at the release.
4. Follow through strong.