How to Throw a Flatter Flick

The key here is mechanics and muscle memory.

As Michael Jordan said (and we can apply this to throwing a frisbee):

You can practice throwing (shooting) eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at throwing (shooting) the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.

The mechanics part of this refers to actually snapping your wrist on the flick. Since we naturally turn our wrist over when we are throwing a baseball or football, when we go to throw a disc, it’s very common for us to flip our wrist and cause the disc to turn over on the throw/flight. What we need to ensure is that we keep our palm facing up toward the sky to make sure the disc will come off flat when we snap the disc. A good explanation of this is in my video talking about the “Planes of the Forehand” (above).

Since a disc is flat, we must throw it on the proper plane, unlike a ball which doesn’t have any planes.

The muscle memory part refers to making the snap motion automatic so that we do it consistently every time without consciously thinking about it. This will come from a lot of practice. Throwing 200 throws 3 times per week is a great start to making this motion automatic and committing it to muscle memory.

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About Ultimate Rob

Rob McLeod is a frisbee ambassador and motivational speaker, a 12 time World Record holder (including 6 Guinness World Records), 12-time World Champion and currently holds the Canadian Distance Record. He created ultimaterob.com in 2009.

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