I've always struggled with getting any kind of power or consistency with an inline or slightly staggered putting stance. Out to 20' I'm pretty consistent, but 25' and further I basically may as well just lay up. It has always been extremely difficult to get the disc out to 25' with a putt, and 30' was basically out of the question unless I just get lucky. I understand the idea of a weight shift, but I just can't get the power with it.
Today I tried a straddle putt for the first time, and WOW. After less than an hour of practice, I was hitting 25' putts with a decent amount of confidence and even moved out to practicing 30' putts (which I never even really spent time on with a normal putting stance because it was just too far to even consider practicing). Even when I missed I was close, and I was getting the disc out there on a laser line. With a little jump, I could even get the disc to the basket from around 40' with ok accuracy.
I think the straddle stance works because I can bring the disc down near my ankles with a mostly straight arm, and there is a great amount of distance from there to the release point over which to accelerate the disc. I can still utilize somewhat of a weight shift by pushing off the ground at greater distances. With an inline/staggered putting stance, you can only bring the disc back to around your waist area, and then your waist gets in the way; there is much less distance over which to accelerate the disc.
Anyone else notice this?
This could just be because I am unusually light, barely over 130 LB, so maybe I simply don't have enough weight to make a weight shift all that significant.
Pure Meteor/BuzzzSS/Buzzz/Wasp Leopard/Teebird Currently auditioning: Road runner/Sidewinder/Beast/OrionLS/OrionLF