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Discs Climbing

Postby mgilbert » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:58 pm

My best throws are those that never rise above 10 to 15 feet, then fade when about five feet up at the end of the flight. But, it is a mystery to me how to make this happen consistently. A lot of my throws climb to 50 feet, fade and fall way left, and are about 50 feet shorter then they should be as a result. I recently discovered that the ball of the palm right behind the first finger - the one under the first knuckle of the pointer finger - should really be on top of the rim: not the bottom. That seemed to help. I understand the leading edge of the disc should be angled down (nose down) somewhat on release, which I think I am accomplishing by angling my wrist down. but I'm just not sure. I swear, learning to land a tailwheel ultralight wasn't this hard!

Could some of you give me some pointers on how to get the disc to fly level a few feet above the ground without climbing - consistently???
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Re: Discs Climbing

Postby discmonkey42 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:54 pm

You've got the right idea in that the throws need to be nose down. That's a big key to both distance and control. For me what helped is to concentrate on keeping my wrist down but not cocked or open. Just like you'd shake someones hand.
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Re: Discs Climbing

Postby itlnstln » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:19 am

Holding the disc correctly is one thing, but making sure you're weight-forward finishing the throw will help, too. If you're front leg is straight at the finish, you might have your weight too far back. If you are weight-forward, you may need to reach back higher. I had a nasty habit of starting my reachback too low and I was pulling up on a lot of throws. Also, if you're focusing on the hit, you tend to correct some of these things as you're aiming with the weight of the disc in a sense.
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