I retired from playing and competing in all disc sports exactly thirty years ago. Playing since the 1960s, injuries and my age over a twenty-year career said it was time to move on. Changing all the activities in my life, I lost all contact with Frisbee players and disc sports.
Articles on pulling
I’ve been writing and talking about ways to improve your pull for more than 5 years. In this video, I reference some of the content I’ve already published but I bring forward my most current knowledge on throwing and pulling in order to help you improve your pull.
Receiving a pull is an area in which a team should be extremely proficient, as it is an event that occurs hundreds of times over a season. It is a mistake to not take advantage of these moments in which the defense is not entirely set. The ideal situation occurs when the offense initiates play from the brick and scores a seemingly effortless, or uncontested, goal.
Whether you’re new to the sport or you’ve been playing a long time, there are some throws which are crucial to being a good handler. Some of these throws you will use far less often than the standard forehand and backhand but it’s good to know how to throw all of these throws.
As a player you might, at times, think about ways you can improve your contribution to your team. Alternatively you might be looking for a way to differentiate yourself from other players, developing a skill that sets you apart and increases your value to the team. A good option is to consider becoming awesome at the pull.
If you spend a lot of time practicing throwing by yourself, a great drill is throwing MTA’s. MTA or Maximum Time Aloft is all about trying to have the disc stay in the air as long as possible. This is ideal when pulling as well so practicing MTA’s will help your pulling big time.
This is an instructional video talking about how you can use your core for more power on your pulls and how to engage your entire body instead of only using your arm.
This is an instructional video showing the footwork and approach elements which are crucial in becoming a better puller. In this video I discuss my approach to the throw and where I’ve gained my inspiration from.
This is an instructional video showing the different angles/edges you can throw on a pull and when it’s appropriate to use either one. I also talk about the position of the shoulders and arms to get the most power out of your pulls.
This is an instructional video showing some sample pulls. It was tough to film the entire pull so what I do is just show me throwing and then let you know the result of the pull. I also offer up some final thoughts on pulling at the end of the video.
Why is receiving the pull so important?
Since the point of the pull is for the other team to start with you as deep in your end zone as possible, the ability to collect the pull and get the disc moving is crucial to keep the defense on their toes.
To catch or not catch?
Ideally you want to catch the pull since this will get the disc moving much more quickly. However, dropping the pull is something you don’t want to do. So, it’s a risk assessment. A few things to consider when you go to catch the pull are:
Why is pulling so important?
You want your team to start on D in the best possible position. This happens when the best puller on the team (NOTE: not the best thrower) pulls. Every pull is huge no matter if it’s to start the game or if you’re pulling on universe point (game tied – next point wins). A bad pull will give the other team an advantage before they even catch the disc so you want to have the best pull every time.