So you want to learn how to throw a disc golf disc huh? Well then you’ve come to right place, I am going tell you exactly that! This is a beginners guide for new players and anyone interested in learning how to throw a disc properly.
In this guide I going to touch on each of the most important aspects of throwing for a new player in disc golf and hopefully with the help of my guide you will be playing the game better much faster than others who are unaware of my awesome advice! (haha) All jokes aside, I am going to teach you all about the best plastic(discs) to go with, the best grip to use, putting practice and the best technique to throw with as a beginner. Now, on to the guide.
Before you throw a disc golf disc make sure you have the right plastic, if you chose the wrong disc you will have a rough time trying to get the disc to fly in the pattern you intended it to in the first place, for this reason you are best not to choose a overstable disc vs an understable disc as a beginner as these discs tend to be better for heavy power throwers and high arm speeds. Don’t get me wrong though, these discs are awesome for someone who has experience and who can already throw a disc with great form, technique and accuracy.
Let’s choose a grip, shall we? When it comes to choosing a grip in disc golf there are many different grips to choose from but, as with anything else the grip you choose will effect how well the disc can fly, so for this reason their as recommended grips for each of the 3 main discs, the drivers; control and fairway, the mid range, and the putters.
For distance you want to choose the Power Grip since, this is the grip that will be giving you the most ‘power and distance’ out of your throw. For your mid range throws a better choice would be the Fan Grip or Modified Fan Grip, since that grip is meant for more control and accuracy over your shots.
For your Putting and Approach shots I would go with the Fan Grip once again. These grips should help you get that distance and accuracy you are looking for.
Now, that you’ve chosen the right disc and grip to use go out and test ‘drive’ on the course or at a park you need to go out and throw those babies until your arm falls off! (Hopefully not though) No, but seriously if you want to get better just go out and start throwing the discs, it doesn’t matter how you throw the discs at first as long as you can get some distance and as you progress you will gain more and more speed and distance in throws.
Do not worry about running up into your throws like you’ve likely seen others do, this is a technique you will learn eventually, if you try to use the X Step or Run up now, chances are you will lose control of the disc and it will not go where you intended it to go. So, as beginners you will want to work on just standing still with throws until you have the technique down enough to incorporate the Run Up into your throws.
The run up – X Step
You know that awesome dance move looking thing that you see players doing, just before they sail the disc off into the air? That is called a Run-Up or X-Step. So, now it’s your turn to learn how to do it.
Okay, so to start your run up will be want to be facing away from your target or the basket, if you are facing away from the basket you then want to pull the disc all the way back with your right arm, your shoulders turned, and your hips turn as well.
Now that you have your body in that position use your back foot’s heel as momentum to get yourself moving next you will want to bright your right foot forward, crossing your left foot behind it, and then bring your right foot back in front of your left foot once more, taking a total of 3 steps to complete the process, as you approach the end of the tee pad or your Run Up, you will want to and on your front foot and have all of your weight on that foot as well.
If done properly your back foot will swing past and around the front of your body because of the amount of momentum you’ve built up during your Run Up.
You will need to spend some time to work on your putting, if you do you will start scoring more points on the course. Why should you work on your putting? Well I’m not sure about you but, if you have been out playing even once there is a good chance you’ve tried to throw your disc into the basket, only to have it miss by like 5 – 10ft or bounce out! This obviously really sucks considering maybe you’ve been lucky enough to throw disc within 10-15ft so you only need to get that disc into the chains to get that par, now you get to wittness that disc either miss entirely or even worse fall out of the basket. Well, needless to say you will want to work on your putts so you can avoid that.
How should you work on your putting? Grab all of your putters and get about 10-15ft away from the basket and throw them from all sorts of directions. Move around and the more consistent you get with your putts and banging the chains, you should work your way away from the basket, I would work on your putting all way out until 40-50ft where you might be better off using your mid range for more distance and control.
If you have been practicing for a while and you figured out how to get the disc to stay the course and keep flight, without soaring way up into the air you now you are ready to work on your technique a little bit more, so the first thing to work on would be how you are handling the disc.
Keep the disc straight as it leaves your hand. Try not to curl your wrist or break it since, this will cause the disc to go off into the other direction. Next try to put all of your weight on to your front foot as this will, help the transfer of energy into the disc and help to give it more power and speed as you release it.
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Now go out and throw!