Stringbean wrote:In learning forehand, what's a good disc to start out with? Not brand specific but in terms of understable / overstable, driver / mid / putter, etcetera?
It depends on the skill and experience you already have with forehand throws. If you have basically zero proficiency, then take out your entire bag and maybe add a few overstable backups from your collection. When learning a basic skill it is better to have a stack of discs to try ( more time throwing, less time retrieving ). Winnow them down by how well they work for you.
During a round you might want (or be forced to) take a forehand shot in a putter, mid or driver range, so ideally you want to learn all of them. If you can convince a buddy to join you in learning forehands then you can play catch with a putter from 50 feet, gradually extending back to 100'. Switch to mids and go from 50' to 150'. Then switch to drivers from 100' out to 250' or whatever your easy power range is. Playing catch cuts down on retrieval time. Even if the throws are erratic and you are more playing FETCH than catch it is still more efficient.
It is best to learn in a wide open, flat, mowed area and count your discs before you start. Pay special attention to any shot which rolls and you will find them all easier.
For a raw forehand beginner going by yourself to practice is good. Taking a buddy to play catch with and brainstorm and to watch each other is better. Bring along a buddy and a teacher (anyone better than you
) is best. If you don't have a teacher then watch a few teaching videos on youtube. No matter who your teacher is or which video you watch, take all advice with a grain of salt. What is best for you may not be what works best for them.
You already have a comfort zone with backhand throws. You can throw a controlled shot at roughly 50-80% power which you can rely on. This is the type of shot you want to develop first in forehand in each category ( putter, mid and driver). The key to a forehand is releasing flat and clean and balanced. Think of each category (putter, mid, driver) as a separate task to learn. The release stays the same but the power quotient varies. Soft for putter. Easy for Mids. Full motion for drivers.
If your disc hyzers out too much or it turns over and rolls then this shows you are not releasing flat (the hyzer out may be too weak a grip). This is the most common error. Think about a sidearm karate chop. Your palm faces the sky and remains parallel to the sky. You need to keep your palm flat until you release a forehand. Turning you wrist over (and therefore your palm since they are connected) too soon is common.
We all would love to throw with great power. But imagine if one month from today you had reliable, competent forehand shots out to 75' with a putter, out to 125' with a mid and out to 200' with a driver. How much would this help your game? These are realistic goals. A couple times a week of practice for a month and start mixing them into rounds and these shots are yours.