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Zen Throwing Routine Video

The Zen Throwing Routine, developed by Ben Wiggins, is a combination of a group of exercises that he found to help develop his own balance and versatility in throwing. He was inspired to put this into a cohesive form as a partner-slash-alternative to Lou Burruss’ Kung Fu Throwing, which is a very effective plan with very different goals.

To view all of the 21 steps in the Zen Throwing Routine, visit the playlist here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLezzWvSJAw_Y9WqN4bE1v6EzatYqh2d0M.

You can download the complete Zen Throwing workout here: http://bit.ly/zenthrowing.

What is balance?

Kung Fu Throwing Video Tutorial

Kung Fu Throwing is a system developed by Lou Burruss and Mike Caldwell in 2005. He wanted to come up with a structured throwing plan to help developing throwers. As the only two Seattle Sockeye players who lived on Capitol Hill at the time, Mike and Lou would meet often to throw. Lou solicited Mike to help him with this and to their surprise they found that it was an excellent system for established throwers. (They were in their 7th and 9th years on Sockeye.) They did KFT once a week the entire season and Lou’s throws were more consistently on than any other year.

Ultimate Project #4

In the Ultimate Project #4, Michael combines the first 3 videos and looks at 2 hucks. One from Brute / Riot at 2010 worlds and one from Brute / Fury at 2010 ECC. The two plays are similar and Betsy is the deep cutter in both plays. One play is successful and the other isn’t and this video looks at the differences.

Long Throw Analysis – Ultimate Project #2

Michael Lawler (former Brute Squad coach) has created a series of videos analyzing footage from the past couple of years and utilizing them as teaching moments. In this video, he analyzes 13 or so long throws from the Brute / Riot game at 2010 Worlds. This video looks at the 10 seconds leading up to the throws and tries to determine of the throw choices were good or not without knowing the outcome of the play.

To Huck or Not To Huck


A general rule of thumb I like to follow is this:

Huck from Zone A; don’t huck from Zone B. In Zone A, use shallow/deep cuts (ie horizontal stack); in Zone B, use break side/open side cuts (ie vertical stack).

Several factors affect this general rule:

  1. What the Defense is running against your Offense – if they’re running a zone then maybe you want to try and work it up the field. Or maybe you want to huck right away for field position so you don’t turn the disc over close to your end zone.

Ultimate Frisbee Throwing Outside – Part 2

My buddy Tyler and I went throwing outside and I set up the video camera to capture our throws. Getting out and throwing with someone is a great way to work on your throws but make sure to focus on having good form and thinking about where you want your throws to go. Also, learn how the disc moves through the air and practice reading the disc so you’ll be a better receiver/defender in a game.

Ultimate Frisbee Throwing Outside – Part 1

My buddy Tyler and I went throwing outside and I set up the video camera to capture our throws. Getting out and throwing with someone is a great way to work on your throws but make sure to focus on having good form and thinking about where you want your throws to go. Also, learn how the disc moves through the air and practice reading the disc so you’ll be a better receiver/defender in a game.

How to Throw in the Wind

Why is throwing in the wind so important?

There are several reasons:

  1. A team will generally run a zone defense against your team when it’s windy – hence your handlers should be confident throwing in the wind
  2. When it’s very windy, the number of people who can actually throw in the wind is surprisingly low – so if you can than you’re one of the exceptions
  3. It will make your throws in no wind stronger and more consistent since you understand how important it is to have spin on the disc

How to Huck Backhand

What is hucking?

Simply put, hucking is when you throw the disc far – to a receiver. When you huck, you almost always want to throw to a receiver. So it’s not just throwing the disc are far as possible (although when you’re at a high stall count this can sometimes come in handy). There are many situations when a huck is helpful so it’s not only important to know HOW to huck but also WHEN to huck. I will talk about the HOW and the WHEN with more of a focus on the HOW.

In order to huck well, one needs to:

Hucking forehand

What is hucking?

Simply put, hucking is when you throw the disc far – to a receiver. When you huck, you almost always want to throw to a receiver. So it’s not just throwing the disc are far as possible (although when you’re at a high stall count this can sometimes come in handy). There are many situations when a huck is helpful so it’s not only important to know HOW to huck but also WHEN to huck. I will talk about the HOW and the WHEN with more of a focus on the HOW.

In order to huck well, one needs to: