No, Seth that is a pretty good explanation.
I am going to reserve comment on EXACTLY what we are working on until I am sure what the results will be. I have made the mistake in the past of jumping on my own bandwagon too fast and I was well, wrong.
the key is that there are some EXACT things that can be done. However, the techniques that Blake describes are, very subtle concepts.
I guess I would go out on a limb and say that what we are practicing is truly RELEASING the angles of the wrist using the elbow and momentum. I think most people throw with what I refer to as a "knuckle ball" release. Kind of "ptthhhheeeehhh" all at once. This is really a slip, there is no additional force imparted on the disc. In fact, energy from the arm swing is never transferred into the disc.
Think about this. We are throwing an object.
Think of throwing a fast ball. When you release the fastball the ball literally rolls down the the ends of the fingers and the wrist is driven downward with the last thing touching the ball are the fingertips. This creates incredible torque into the back of the ball. Like cracking a whip.
Think of shooting a free throw. Same thing. Great shooters release the ball by rolling the ball from the palm down the length of the fingers until the last thing the ball see is the finger tips being driven down sharply. This leaves the wrist in what my father calls the "goose head position" (you will see great shooters pose in this position). The ball is not shot from the palm. Shooting from the palm his would result in all of the power coming from the push of the arms like a shotputt. This is also like throwing a knuckle ball which releases from all the fingers at once with no torque applied to the edge of the ball.
Apparently, the same thing can occur when throwing a disc. The problem is that everything is set on its side from the ball examples... so, the disc must pivot to the front fingers in an arcing fashion from the back of the hand. All of this by using the elbow, wrist angle, and the fingers themselves to lever the disc forward in an arc AROUND the base of the wrist.
In that, we have created a second arc. The arm swing around the body is one arc. The pivot around the wrist is a another arc COUPLED to the first arc. Not to mention the fact you get the disc moving to launch position off of the front of the hand.
The nose is down because the wrist is not longer in front of the disc (which causes nose up). The disc is slung out on an arc beyond the hand independent of the arm arc (as seen from the side) and ON the plane of the arm swing. Now the hand can actually TRAIL the disc, and the disc is left of the thrower in a larger arc (as seen from behind the thrower). In that the disc mves instantaneously away from the center of the thrower.
I would give everyone a homework assignment if you are interested in this subject.
Watch some pros...
Do you notice the disc almost seems jump out the left instantaneously at the release? Once I started looking for this, I could see it. The disc is close to the chest into the hit (in the bent arm position) and it appears to jump about a foot left of the hand and arm arc and then travel on that line straight ahead parallel to the line it should appear to be on if you just track the arm swing arc. This is the pivoting of the disc around the wrist. The disc goes from one side of the hand to the other in an arc. This also explains why many pros do not appear to have a ton of arm speed and yet they kill it. The much needed acceleration is radial around the wrist (using the flex of the wrist) and in a separate arc added to the arm arc.
Pivoting the disc also appears to multiply the arm acceleration, which APPEARS to be additional arm speed (it is hard to stop). I think this appearance of a fast finish to the arm speed is an EFFECT of the proper pivoting of the disc, not a CAUSE for more force to be transferred into the disc.
This the only way for the disc to leave the hit with more speed than the arm speed.
Maximum smash factor.
Look at Geoff Bennet throwing a flick. He does the same thing. The disc is trailing the wrist (it is bent back) and inside the arc of the hand (close) and as he enters the hit the disc is pivoted to the opposite side of the hand and arc of the disc appears to completely outside the arc of the hand (far). It goes from the inside of the hand arc, to the outside almost instantaneously. The arc of the disc going into the final release is HUGE.
I believe this the force vector that Blake is always looking for... but Iwill keep working on it.
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