jubuttib wrote:I've been wondering why women seem to struggle with any sort of distance so often. Any views on that subject? I'm not talking about 400+ feet of distance, just a nice and consistent 250' or so. Of course it takes some work for anyone to get that, but it does not require much actual strength at all and it seems to be much easier to teach a man to throw a relaxed 200+ feet than it is to teach a woman to do the same.
When our club has been holding some disc golf shindigs for companies I've been teaching lots of total beginners how to throw, and while it's natural that some pick it up faster than others, women almost always seem to have two things in common: They always let go of the disc, no matter how much it's emphasized that you keep on gripping it, and they seem to have huge problems applying any acceleration to the throw. They move at a constant pace through the motions and very often seem like they're purposefully doing it in slow motion. Even women who play sports that require fast whiplike movements of the arms and legs can't seem to apply it in any form to a disc golf throw.
Well, I believe it was Blake that said a woman can only throw about 230' with arm speed alone. Also, I think that the majority of women are given the wrong discs to begin with when they start throwing. As a beginner, it was incredibly frustrating for me. I had to put in a LOT of work to get to where I am at.
I am also guessing that most of the women you are teaching have long fingernails, at least compared to any of the guys you teach. That will cause the disc to slip early a lot of the time. Also, it will intimidate most women to throw in front of a group of guys. Even now any time I go out to the course, I can see a lot of the guys watching me every hole I play to see me throw. It used to really make me nervous, and I would shank shots I could normally play with ease.
I now realize most guys that I come across have never seen a girl that can actually throw, and even if I throw a crappy shot for me, they think it's amazing.