You should be able to add a noticeable amount of power just by closing/opening your hips, which looks like the biggest red flag to me on those drive clips. Just don't do anything that's going to tweak your back. I also like Aaron's comment about getting your weight forward.Steady 26542 wrote: 2) The hips; this is probably where I can gain the most. I've never used my hips.
black udder wrote:Look up Will Lewis on the pdga site. He was trying to get distance for years, although it was before all the new discs came up. He finally just gave up and accepted what he had - around 300' of accurate distance. You'll see he's done quite well for himself. He worked on his putting and his accuracy and is a huge challenge to beat on an accuracy course.
The problem is that when it comes to the bigger, wide open courses, the bigger arms get an advantage. However, if he plays in his age category, he dominates.
It might be that's an alternative for you.
If you decide to try and get more distance, you could be in for 2-3 more years of inconsistent, uneven play as you try different form adjustments. Trying to get more hip power could throw off your current timing. If you manage to add snap, it could change all of your distance shots (i.e. you could throw further and have to learn all over again what to throw when. Plus, you'd have issues then until you could do it consistently. You'd end up expecting X distance, but getting Y. Expecting an overstable disc to fly flat because of your snap, but if you miss the snap, it becomes a meat hook. it could be frustrating and not worth the end result.
A lot of the players I play with are younger and I since I'm so competitive, I want to throw like them. I would like to throw over 400', but I suspect that my max will be 350' with longer shots down hill or in positive wind situations. For that 50' of distance, I've suffered through several years of inconsistent play. If I'd worked on putting instead, I might have been better off
Steady 26542 wrote:Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to make notes and try them out. I'm not a multitasker so I'll probably try one idea at a time, work on it, see if I get any improvement, and go from there.
I can assure you I put everything in those throws. It may not look like it, but I am. I think there are 2 areas of concern. 1) The hit; if I try the "pull slow until you get to the right pec" technique, I definately can't get any D. I don't have enough power to explode through the hit that way. The 2 finger idea is worth taking a look at. 2) The hips; this is probably where I can gain the most. I've never used my hips. My left leg just drags along. I started playing this great game 5 years ago at the age of 48. We'll see how much this old body will take. I'm not going to try to throw the hips like Markus, but I'll see if I can get the hips to lead a bit more. Is it me or does it look like he's a candidate for hip replacement...
Black Udder you may be correct. I've had a lot of success, is it worth it? I guess I just like improving. I'm better in every aspect of my game this year except for distance. I've never thrown a disc over 360'. Is it worth risking injury trying to throw farther? Probably not.
Thanks again everyone. This is a great forum!
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