First some background. I have been playing few yours, and since last June, I have been playing about once a week (with thrree month break at winter), and I admit that I should have been practicing more on field, as I have learned lots of bad habits... I throw almost always RHBH, and altough I have tried x-step, I usually throw standstill or with one-step. Usually x-steps or even one step just mess my already poor technique, but sometimes things seem to go more naturally with steps. After reading hundreds of pages of advice in last few months, and practicing right pec drill etc. on a field few times a week, I still can only throw about 200' on average, maxing with about 250' on a good day. I admit that I haven't been pacient enough, put I quickly found that the right pec drill seems bit unnatural to me, as I tend to swing my arm somehow that I spray the discs to the right. With pull from left pec, throws seem to be better, and with more reachback I feel even more natural, although I have hard time of keeping the aim if I look away from the target, again resulting spraying on the right, or occasionally releasing to early. Another problem has been the hips, which I didn't probably use before at all, and still my knees hurt sometimes and the I feel quite unbalanced, swinging forward etc.
But yesterday when practicing, I saw some other players playing catch with putters, and their line of the pull seemed bit weird. It looked like they were good players as the disc flew so nicely, so I decided to try similar reachback and pull (later I found out that they had been looking me like I was the good player, not them...).
And behold, instanly the disc seemed to fly more straight, faster and somewhat farther, and even the release direction seemed to be closer to the target.
Only problem with this newfound technique is that I'm quite certain is it not the right way of throwing.
Basically I start with full reachback, the disc almost at the height of eyes. I had found out bit earlier some success with such a high starting point compared to the shoulder height, but had forgotten the whole thing as I have recently tried to reduce the length of the reachback in order to time the acceleration better in the end of the throw.
Next, instead of a straight and level line (relative to my body and ground, ie. like there was line between the target and the starting position of the disc), I initially pull with more downward motion, so that when the disc is somewhere between center of my body and right leg (can't say for sure, hard to test the actual motin without actually throwing successfully), the height of the disc is somewhere close to my belly instead of shoulder.
If I have understood terms correctly, in the right pec drill the power zone starts somewhere around the right pec and the disc stays at the same height through the motions, in this style the disc goes up and forward so that when the disc lefts the hand it's about the same position as the end position of the usual throw.
So basically I'm doing somekind pendulum motion with my hand, and this happens totally automatically, so that I can't even describe it very well. If I start by pull from the shoulder level or below, I tend to pull quite straight and level line, but when I start from bit higher, this kind of motion happens, and it feels much more smooth. Somehow I can keep my whole arm more relaxed through the pull, with the hips and gravity giving the initial boost towards the start of the power zone, and then I naturally pull the disc as upward motion to the release point.
So am I onto something, or would it be better to just work normal technique and forgot this sillyness?