Hello everyone first-time poster here,
I realize that this thread is pretty old so hopefully this is the right place for my question(s)... Additionally, i would like to apologize in advance for the long post that will precede.
I spent the last few days reading through this entire thread, and the snap 2009 thread... I have been playing disc golf for about 2.5 years and have maxed out in the 320'-350' range (i need a giant anhyzer flex w/ an overstable disc or huge hyzer flip with a wraith to get the 350 -- it's very inconsistent to say the least) but do 320' pretty consistently with a line drive. I recently saw a video on youtube of dion arlyn throwing 500'+ up that giant hill... I have been unhappy with not seeing any improvement in my drives for a while now, and seeing the video with dion was a real eye-opener. I knew i must not even have the basic fundamentals once i saw that! That's how i found this great forum! I've decided to build my drive from scratch (from the hit back!).
Anyways between everything I've read on here I feel like some things are either jumbled around in my head or some of the posts i've read kind of contradict one-another. If anyone would be kind enough to provide clarification of the following i would be eternally grateful:
1) It is my understanding that the "rip" is is what occurs as the disc is pivoting from 12 o'clock to (if you're lucky) 4-4:30 o'clock between your index finger and thumb. Is this different than the "hit"? I feel like the hit and the rip are two separate things (although they are happening within a few milliseconds of eachother), the "hit" being when your wrist begins uncoiling?
2) In regards to tendon bounce/opening of the wrist etc:
- Some posts seem to indicate that your wrist should be loose as a goose, flapping around like a broken shutter and then flapping open during the "hit". Is this what should be happening?
- Should you be trying to hold your wrist straight, but force it to closed with forward momentum and then let it flap open in the hit?
- Should you resist letting it bend in the pull, and then force your wrist open in the hit (if you were using 30% strength to "resist" the bend, increasing your strength to 100% causing the wrist to swing open even harder)? <-- this one seems the most logical to me, but i don't know anything
- Should you let it flap closed, and then force it up on the hit?
^---- sorry for so many questions but it just seems a little ambiguous...
I did some experimenting yesterday by doing some throws with my wrist semi-flexed (not flapping like a shutter, but not stiff enough to where it wouldn't bend) during my swing. For the first time ever, i could actually feel the elusive tendon bounce that some people speak of... I read in another post that maybe you're not supposed to do that, but you can use that to help you find where you should be trying to force your wrist open in the hit?
On to the hammer drill:
I did some practicing with it today, and i can effortlessly shoot my putters out to 250' and further (just standing still). I could really feel the rip (disc pivoting inside the index finger and thumb) and it felt like it was releasing somewhere in the 4-5 o'clock range. I never really felt the disc ejecting off my palm or anything though, I'll wait for clarification on my previous questions before I waste anymore lifespan on my keyboard
Thanks in advance!