this is from feedback of people i send to this site to view videos and articles. they claim that they are hit with too much information sometimes.
people often try to take too big of a bite at first. when i introduce someone to the sport i generally don't give them any tips until they are throwing 200' aside from crap like "keep it low" and "tilt it this way to make it curve." the whole "intro to disc golf" thing doesn't have much appeal to me anymore. the stuff i have been writing lately is graduate level in comparison.
anyone who's passed disc golf 101 knows things like the x-step, to keep the disc tight to your body during the pull, etc. and they are capable of passing on that knowledge. right now my focus is on DG401, and my efforts are to make the more elusive concepts understandable.
Then, once you have the flow of information right, you could have certain people film different aspects of the article either with simple footage of that certain aspect being performed, or have footage of the verbal and visual together.
The key is that the written portion has links for the individual footage. Too often, people try to jam as much info into a video that it becomes over whelming to the viewer. Sure they should rewind and re-watch. repeatedly. over and over. until it bleeds and you have nightmares about it.
you are correct that it would help, but honestly i don't think it will help as much as people think it will. a key example is the towel drill. i bet we have 20+ locker room nightmare caliber towel snappers on here that haven't been able to integrate a single concept of the towel snap into their dg throw. what's the next step? write an article on how to transition the towel drill into your throw? then get asked for a video... so we video tape someone snapping a towel and then using a similar motion to throw a disc. people will still moan and that shows where the point of failure really happens.
snapping a towel then using a similar motion to snap a disc.
what most people do:
snapping a towel and then throw a disc exactly the same as they always do.
this happens with nearly anything that is difficult to do. being able to change the way you think about things, change the way your body moves, and then have the discipline to practice and improve the way that you move is the key to anything difficult that requires the body.
it's the same reason there aren't millions of black belts in the world, millions of superb sculptors, millions of virtuoso pianists, millions of professional golfers, etc.
Maybe a video of someone doing something horribly (like myself, ahem) and point out what they're doing wrong vs someone with great form and explain and point out what they're doing right with backup and validation from all the advice you have. I think it would make a very powerful thing.
i've done that in the past, and it's actually not a very powerful thing. i'm not trying to be sarcastic when i say this, but people never garner what they should from these types of comparisons.
if you want to punch like bruce lee, you don't go rent a bunch of bruce lee movies and try to mimic his punches, nor would comparing your own punch to his on video be of much benefit. everyone knows what a punch looks like and can throw something resembling a punch. you would be better off buying bruce lee's book, opening your mind, and applying bruce lee's CONCEPTS to your punch and then training your ass off using said concepts. after months/years of hard work you will have a punch that is much more bruce lee-like than anything you'd come up with purely trying to imitate.
Blake - is there anyway to provide the text to edit/compile to somebody or is going into the threads the only way? Do we have any specific threads in mind? I've read some really good stuff from you, as you said, but damned if I can recall where the hell it was.
no. the people who are already following the correct trail of breadcrumbs to the right goal know which ones they are. there's only like 6-8 threads with it (300', stick vs. disc, drive vs. slap, hitting it half way, slip vs. rip etc.), most of which are only a few pages long.
as i said, right now i'm basically wanting an article that will be relevant to the top 10% of disc golfers knowing it may guide 1 in 100 to the desired end result.the #1 thing that people should try to garner about anything i write is to be open to adjusting the way you think about the throw and hope that your body is coordinated to follow suit with what your mind can learn.