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Sidearm Driving Problems

Sidearm Drives
The disc flutters and dives off to the left.


This is a very common problem especially among players first learning the sidearm delivery.

Possible Causes
  • You are throwing with too much speed and not enough spin.
  • You aren't getting a clean release.


    You are throwing with too much speed and not enough spin.
    Possible Fix:
    This is by far the most common problem I have seen with sidearm throws and disc flutter. Disc flutter is caused by too much disc speed and not enough spin. Each disc has a specific amount of spin required for each speed to fly straight. If the disc flutters it will have more understable flight characteristics. If this seems to be your problem, try to use less arm and more wrist flick. Most of the great pro sidearm drivers have grips that maximize spin and generate tremendous amounts of spin on the disc. Experiment with shortening up your throw or various grips until you can find a way to eliminate the flutter.


    You aren't getting a clean release.
    Possible Fix:
    Make sure your grip allows you to get keep the disc oriented correctly and a smooth release off of your fingers. Those of you with smaller hands may need to extend your index finger along the underside of the disc towards the center while keeping your middle finger on the rim. Also pay attention to your thumb placement and pressure and how it effects the feel of the disc leaving your hand.

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    Sidearm Drives
    The disc doesn't flutter but still dives off to the left.


    Possible Causes
  • You are throwing the disc too low.
  • You need to throw with more hyzer angle.
  • You are throwing a disc that is too understable.


    You are throwing the disc too low.
    Possible Fix:
    When discs get turned over or are thrown anhyzer they need enough height to let them flex out and fade as they slow down. Chances are if you are having the left problem and are throwing smoothly you are getting a gradual left turn and hoping for an s-curve. Getting this disc a little higher might solve this problem but make sure you can still get the nose down. If you have tried adding more height and you are still struggling with this, you probably need to throw a more overstable disc.


    You need to throw with more hyzer angle.
    Possible Fix:
    If you are getting a clean release with enough spin and the disc still turns over when you throw it flat, you should experiment with adding more hyzer angle. The disc will rise and flatten. The more hyzer angle you give it, the longer it will take to flatten and the less chance it has to turn over. Make sure you can still get the nose down with your angle adjustments. If you are adding a hyzer angle and you are still struggling with this, you probably need to throw a more overstable disc.


    You are throwing a disc that is too understable.
    Possible Fix:
    Most drivers that fly straight and are very easy to control when thrown backhand will be too understable for a sidearm throw. If you are getting enough spin on the disc and it is still turning you need to think about trying a more overstable disc.

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    Sidearm Drives
    The disc always dives off to the right.


    Possible Causes
  • You are getting the nose up.
  • You are throwing with too much hyzer angle.
  • You are throwing discs that are too overstable.


    You are getting the nose up.
    Possible Fix:
    If the disc goes high in the air and dives hard to the right you are getting the nose up and the disc is stalling out. Do your best to flatten the disc out. This may entail a change of grip, disc orientation, disc height, or making sure your body opens up all the way on the throw. The last one is important as the best sidearm throwers I have seen get their shoulders almost perpendicular to the goal before the disc flicks out of their hand.


    You are throwing with too much hyzer angle.
    Possible Fix:
    If your form is solid but you can't seem to flatten the disc out, try reducing your hyzer angle on your throw. You may need to change some of your mechanics to achieve this. Grip, footwork, disc orientation, disc height, and how much your shoulders open during your throw will all be a factor in this so you may have to change a couple of things around in order to get a consistent flat release.


    You are throwing discs that are too overstable.
    Possible Fix:
    Most newer sidearm throwers require a very overstable disc to compensate for their lack of spin on the disc. As you develop better sidearm technique you will find yourself able to throw less overstable discs for accurate throws. If you are getting good wrist flick with a clean release and have good control over your angles and you still end up right, try something less overstable. The best sidearm throwers I have seen are able to finesse their most understable discs accurately.

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