Disc Golf Advice from Ron
Through the years I’ve heard many methods for achieving distance when throwing a disc. These
methods include “pretend you are snapping a towel” or, ”bring your elbow across your body!” Rather
than argue about the most efficient way to use your body, I’ll start with facts that I do know.
- Fact one – When throwing anything, the single most important factor in achieving distance is speed.
- Fact two – Longer levers apply more force.
- Fact three – Objects traveling around a center point get faster the farther out the orbit is.
- Fact four – Big muscles generate more power than small muscles.
- Fact five – Like any other machine, the body reacts to over-stressing negatively
These facts combined with observation through a period of 25 years form the basis for my views.
“The point where I differ from most is that I suggest a straighter arm combined with the rotation of you body is in fact a longer lever.”
The point where I differ from most is that I suggest a straighter arm combined with the rotation of your body is in fact a longer lever. Weight shift acts as the counter balance of a catapult. Extension allows a wider and thus FASTER orbit given the same rate of turn. Using the large muscles to increase the rate of turn allows the smaller muscles to be used for control. As an added bonus, with good arm extension, the speed generated goes up without having to turn faster! This means that ¾ power, more controlled throws, are actually leaving your hand at a higher velocity.
Look at Youtube video of distance throws by great players and watch the slow motion. Many seasoned players incorporate most of this
technique even though they may not notice it themselves!
Last but not least, get rid of that nagging ache in your elbow after a hard day throwing! Stand up straight, save your elbow, and let physics increase your distance.