Hyzerline49 wrote:That's why I don't think he's quite throwing 490.... Can't see the disc so don't quote me on it, but 7 I don't quite think that your form suggests you are actually throwing that far. Your reachback is too short, and you aren't shifting your weight from back to front as you pull the disc through your chest. You definitely have the power though. I'm also a taller disc golfer at 6' 6". Just work on your reach back and run up and you will be golden.
My goodness Hyzerline, 6'6" and only 16 years old. I think I know why you're currently having elbow pains... you're growing so fast. Anyway, I'm pretty good at pacing distance. I recently worked for a year and half drawing graphs with a measuring wheel. When I was young I played a lot of sports including including ball golf, where knowing your distance is critical given the distances are some three times longer than DG. I lettered in High School golf my junior and senior year and played several times a week until I was 24 then I played Ultimate frisbee almost full time. We'd average 15-20 tourneys a year and I could throw the 175 Ultastar lid out both endzones (95 yds) on a calm wind day, was the go to guy to pull the kickoff, so don't confuse my smooth release with lack of snap (I'm not only 6'4" but also 195 lbs and have a 79" reach). When my knees and ankles had about enough running I started playing ball golf again full bore about 5 years ago. I was eaten up with golf and practiced 3 or 4 times a week and played a round on the weekend with my buddies. About a year ago, my Ultimate bud said let's go play some disc golf.
I write all that to say that I've learned how to take a deliberate stride that's three foot long... I've been striding it out for years with the laser range finders, gps, and the golf course yardage markers all agreeing to within a few feet over a hundred yards and that this masters age DGer ain't a complete noob when it comes to throwing far. I just watched my recent distance line 2 shots vid and took that starting point and my recollection of where my 475' estimate landed. When I paced it off down and back that day I was within a step or so. It was downhill so 475' wasn't what I whould have gotten on level ground but I did have one day when I threw my Z Nuke 550' and shortly thereafter 510'. It might not look like it but I feel a lot different in that vid from my previous form. By no means are all my shots good, and honestly my consistancy has decreased when pulling hard but when I'm on the course I'm much more concerned about keeping it smooth, down the middle, and with more reachback than before instead of the full out snap I'm trying to throw high here.
Here's the google earth coordinates; start 35 08 52.59N by 89 59 36.46W end 35 08 56.14N by 89 59 32.65W. My current goal is 450' with control then think about getting longer. Per JR's advice, I've picked up an ESP Nuke that I've only thrown a few times and just today traded online for three more Z Nukes that should be here in the next few days. I know, I know... I'd get more out of my golf game practicing with my putters and mids but throwing far is fun. Here's a known distance that was my best rip ever on a recent Z Nuke uphiller at Shelby Farms DG Course that was just touching a concrete pad... start 35 08 31.80N by 89 50 06.58W end 35 08 36.10N by 89 50 06.84W. One last brag, here's a low golf line with my Sword. The basket wasn't in the long when I threw off the #18 tee but Shelby Forest West doesn't have any long shots so I took this one from under the overhanging trees in front of the tee pad just for fun and parked the long last week; start 35 19 13.06N by 90 03 20.89W end 35 19 12.82N by 90 03 15.79W.
Download google earth then try this link. Its cool as it gives the distance in km and also shows the line on Google Earth. Then find a km to ft calculator. Thanks for everyone's help, more practice required.http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html
Have fun, throw far, and most importantly... teach your children well.