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.
In his first post on Ultimate Rob, Stephen Winters shares with us a free flowing poem of sorts, roughly titled “What I Like Most About Ultimate”. He definitely captures the spirit of ultimate in his post. Look for more from Stephen as he will hopefully become a regular contributor!
I’ve been working on an idea for the past little while since I’ve had a lot of requests from fans via email to help with their throws.
As much as they try to describe what their problem is, I truly believe that if someone knew exactly what was wrong, then they could fix it.
So what I’m offering is a free throwing analysis. Send me a video of you throwing including a description of what you’d like to work on to email@example.com and I’ll send you back my thoughts and suggestions on what you can improve.
I ran a throwing clinic during one of our byes at an indoor tournament in Saskatoon. Two of the main questions I had from people were about getting more spin on forehands and throwing a better hammer.
This video shows me throwing a scoober, thumber, hammer, push pass, high release backhand and air bounce backhand.
Why is it important to know how to throw a hammer?
The more throws you are able to throw the better because you will be more of a threat to your opponents and the harder they will have to work to cover all of your players when you have the disc. By having the hammer as an option, you will be a huge asset to your team and you will force the defense to be more aware when you have the disc.
When should you throw a hammer?
You will hear many different things from many different people, but there are several cases in which I think a hammer is useful: