Discmania Deep in the Game: Ep 2 - Backhand (Instructional Disc Golf video)

Uploaded by DiscmaniaGolfDiscs on 30.04.2012

the thing I like about Disc Golf is this -
what I consider the magic
of Disc Golf and that's when
I throw a perfect shot and I can feel that shot leaving my hand
and flying all the way of the target
and I know exactly where its going
and I know that I had just
done it perfectly.
That's a magic moment for me.
Most of the drives you see on a disc golf course are backhand drives.
Now, lets go deep in the game and I show you proper backhand driving technique.
There are two main types of grips: The is the fan grip and the power grip.
The fan grip is when you spread all four fingers along the bottom side of the disc,
power grip is tucking all your four fingers.
Fan grip is good for putters, midranges and control drives.
I personally like the power grip
for big maximum distance because it allows me transfer more power into the
disc itself.
Thumb position on top is very important. Your thumb is all you have on top
to counterbalance all four fingers on the bottom.
Thumb positioning right where the rim meets the flight plate itself.
Thumb too far in cause a loss of rotation
Thumb too far on the edge cause the disc to slip out of your hand.
You want a nice firm grip, nothing too tight will cause you grip lock your shot. Nothing too
loose with a disc could just fall out your hand.
And now for the arm swing.
Your are pulling back with a one straight line -
pulling the disc across your chest nice and flat, driving the elbow
and extending to very final release point.
You wanna keep in straight line A to B.
You have three hinges -
You have a shoulder, your elbow and your wrist.
You get a lot of power out of your shoulder,
A lot of power out of your elbow as you drive in it,
and not a lot of power out of your wrist. You want to lock your wrist for the most part
very little movement and motion.
Too much motion in the wrist
will cause a loss of accuracy. Also by point across your chest you´re able to utilize
your major muscle groups.
Your traps, your deltoids and your triceps.
those will help to drive the disc
and pull it through.
It all about simple physics -
keep the disc nice of flat,
a nice flat pull line
and a nice extension through
on the nice straight line.
You don´t wanna curl the Disc too much
or over rotate.
this will cause a loss of accuracy As well.
Head turn -
when I'm reaching back, I don't turn my head more than ninety degrees
to get full extension.
Turning too far -
you lose accuracy
and its usually designated throwing maximum distance.
So when shifting the weight from back to front
I´m really trying to get good extension in my arm
locking my hips and loading them and then
bringing all the momentum and power accross keeping the disc flat -
and to the release.
Its all about reaching back in one straight line
and generate all the power
as you pull through to the chest
drive the elbow
use your legs
and drive the disc.
like I said: its entire body throw not just your arm.
The run up is all about
putting your body in to optimum position
to throw the disc.
I personally use the four-step run up.
When I´m lining up on a tee pad, I line up facing the target
taking a small step with my left leg
a medium step my right
actually gets hips to rotate and load toward the back
as I crossover behind on my left foot again
totally load my hips backwards as a turn my torso backwards. It's very critical as
you make your last step forward
you plant foot
lands at ninety degrees facing forward.
It will help you utilize your power from your legs
and your hips coming forward.
Now let´s bring it altogether.
Using your legs and your torso to drive the disc
I´m actually shifting my weight
from back to front using my legs
and my hips.
Reaching back on one straight line
pulling through keeping the disc flat across my chest
and driving my elbow.
I'm trying to bring my elbow
over my lead leg.
A split second after it hits the ground
I´m trying to drive
my elbow forward.
Timing is everything:
a split second early or split second late will cause also lost power and control.
Now let's talk about the hit point.
the hit point is where you transfer all your body's momentum
into a release at the end. The hit point is described as were the disc pivots and
rips from your fingers.
Its a point of release
where you hit your line
and release and launch your disc down the fairway.
After releasing the disc you want to follow through -
rotating on your plant foot
swinging forward taking a large left step
rotating your hips and your shoulders
following a shot.
It helps maximize distance -
also helps accuracy and control.
It also prevents strains on your knees
your hips, your shoulder
and your elbow. It's very important to follow through if you want to play this
game for years to come.
So there are hundreds of different drivers out there that´ll have
a different flight patterns.
You don't need to learn to throw them all, you just need to know these three angles
to control them.
First off you have the nose angle:
that's the front edge of the disc
and driving the the front of a disc is the nose.
By controlling this and getting the nose down
you maximize distance in the field.
next you have the angle of the release.
that refers to matching arm angle
and matching the line you're trying to hit from a hyzer
to a flat
to an anhyzer shot.
Next is angle of height.
That's if you are throwing up hill -
throw from low
to high
on the release.
if you´re thowing downhill
from high to low.
Learning these three angles
will help you throw any disc out there in the game.
So, here's a tip on throwing the backhand drive:
when you're taking the final last step, your plant foot,
lining ninety degrees perpendicular body
and you transfer your lower leg energy and momentum
and shifting on their front leg.
As you're turning, you´re going to rotate on your heel.
Not much lifting it off the ground but rotating and spinning on the heel.
It´s a cleaner rotation that will produce a lot more power.
typically, you´ll see other players if the rotate they rotate on the baller foot
losing a lot of power and control.
so it's planting
rotating and spinning.
as you follow through on your shot.
That´s your pro tip
take it or leave it.
Three key points
to the backhand drive:
1. Controlling the angle of the disc
have your arm swing angle match the angle of the disc.
Visualize the line.
2. Body alignment.
the main objective of the run-up
is to put your body in optimum position to deliver the disc.
3. Timing: Timing is everything.
A split second early
or a split second late will result reduce the distance and control.