A good pull is like having an 8th defender on the field. The goal is to get the disc as far down the field with as much hang time as possible, to give the pulling team time to run down the field, and get the receiving time starting off as far away from their end-zone as possible.
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.
The specifics and mechanics of throwing are the subject of much debate; everyone has their own technique. However, there are undoubtedly core elements, which are key to making good throws; the fact that these may be achieved by a wide variety of styles and approaches means that throwing is more of an art than a science.
The elements that are key to throwing are:
- Feet should be apart (shoulder width) and knees slightly bent (soft)
- Weight should be distributed evenly on both feet
- The thrower should feel relaxed and comfortable
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.
This is a great drill for becoming a better puller. By doing this drill, you will be able to throw the disc longer, higher and more accurately. As well, you will become better at reading the disc while in the air and you can practice your catching. I only show this drill with my backhand but you can also do MTA’s with a forehand.