Jason Bryant wrote:The funny thing is, I'm a pretty good athlete and a big guy to boot, but at 5-11 255, I cannot get ANY type of distance. A 10-year old is out there kicking my butt.
I had some friends visiting a few weeks ago, all 20 somethings in good shape, and we went disc golfing. We got to one hole and someone managed to get a disc stuck in a tree. There was a kid about that age playing behind us and we let him play through. We had to stand there and watch this kid throw a sidearm drive farther and more accurately than any of our shots, drop in a gimme putt and happily trot off. It was a very humbling experience.
Since my last post I've been improving my throw and while I haven't measured my throws very accurately, I believe I'm inching my way up to the consistant 300' mark. The three things that I believe improved my drive the most are: keeping the disc close to my body on the pull through, only gripping the disc hard enough to keep in in place during the pull through and then suddenly gripping tighter at the hit, and improving my follow through. The first two were more of figuring out a better arm and wrist motion, but the last one, the follow through, just flat out added a bunch of distance. Concentrating on my hips and shoulders during the pull through has also helped a bunch, but I get the feeling some of that has improved simply because I'm following through better now. I also found that quickening up my x-step makes everything come together much better as well...but that's been happeing more automatically with the follow through as well.
It is weird and frustrating trying to learn a technique as mysterious as snap. It's kind of like trying to explain to someone how to whistle. Everyone seems to talk about it as if it's some sort of magic you have to just know and can't really be told about. While that's sort of true, there are things that are condusive to getting a lot of snap that you can concentrate on. If you understand what the snap actually is and work on arm and wrist motions (I used the bent-elbow technique, concentrated on gripping loose at the beginning and hard at the hit and thought about throwing fast, not hard) then it should come to you. I had always heard that gripping hard was the secret to getting snap. For me that just causes me to grip too hard so I wasn't getting any tendon bounce from my wrist and made it hard for me to keep the disc close to my chest during the pull through.
Read the articles on here several times. Right before you go out to practice and right after are great times to brush up on them. Read through and try and remember a lot of the technique repair suggestions too, so when you find something wong that's consistantly happening you may be able to remember how to fix it on the fly (no pun intended.) While this may be opposite to what I just said, don't overthink during the throw. Think a lot before and afterwards, but overthinking while you're throwing can cause extra problems too.