black udder wrote: You don't want to grip tightly anywhere before that or you reduce your ability to flex and reduce your tendon bounce
For the longest time I have tried to stay loose in my grip and wrist, and this was keeping me right around the 350 ft plateau. Some days I'd get a little further, and some days I wouldn't, but I couldn't get past this. I read something in the new Disc Golfer magazine grip articles that changed my approach to this. Carlton Howard wrote "Do not try to have an incredible "wrist snapping motion" at/near the point of release." This struck me as odd, and contradicted everything I "thought" I had learned or understood about snap. I was curious, so I started throwing with a tighter wrist, and added the easiest distance yet to my throws. When I refer to tighter, I don't mean clenching down with all my strength, but i would not describe my wrist or grip as loose anymore.
I'm finding you have to keep your wrist straight and tight (BW's "thrower is resisting wrist bending"), I just stumbled on it in a different manner. If I'm understanding this correctly, then keeping your wrist loose is using it more as a "hinge than a spring". By the time you get to the hit, you are just flinging open a loose wrist, and there is no spring. There's very little tendon bounce there. When you keep your wrist tighter, then the weight of the disc is pressing back against a spring, created by a tight wrist, and your wrist quickly closes and opens, sending the disc flying. That is new my understanding of tendon bounce. One of the instruction articles talks about bending back the wooden spoon. If you pull back on that spoon with a loose wrist, it will just stay there, until you move your forearm to swing it open. If you pull back on it with a tight wrist, that thing will spring back forward without having to move your arm. Now if you could couple that with extending your forearm, you would send that spoon flying across the room. Same principle with a disc.
I haven't read this thread that closely, but now I figure I can go back and read it with a better understanding.