FierceTable wrote:If you've played baseball or football you might be familiar with the idea of different "slots" of throwing. I don't have much strength in a vertical slot, but there is no pain. I have no pain in a horizontal slot, but anything between the 90-180 degrees can be quite painful. It seems like many of the bigger backhand drives I've seen use a hyzer release which causes the arm to go into that above horizontal slot. Perhaps it's almost horizontal and their shoulders are turned such that it's not as much above horizontal as I think.
Let me make sure that I understand your terminology. Are you experiencing pain with hyzer throws (0-90 degrees, with 0 degrees straight down and 180 degrees straight up) anhyzer throws (90-180 degrees), or both? Is the pain on the pull, the follow-through, or both?
Have you tried throwing a slight hyzer while making sure that the angle of your shoulders matches the plane of the disc? I wonder if doing so might keep your arm swing in a comfortable, horizontal slot.
FierceTable wrote:I was just wondering if anyone out there had a torn rotator cuff and if they could comment on what that has meant for them in terms of how it affects their backhand form if at all.
Decades of water polo and swimming left my rotator cuff pretty chewed up. Backhand can be uncomfortable if I strong-arm the disc or let the pull line drift away from my chest. By switching to a compact bent-arm pull and staying relaxed until the disc is tight in the right pec area, I have been able to avoid shoulder problems (knock wood, rub voodoo charm) when throwing backhand.
Best of luck to you, but if backhand keeps your shoulder from working, you may need to concentrate on forehand . . .