throwing a frisbee

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.

Getting “Cocky”

This post contains a simple bit of advice that I have often found very useful for players who are working on their throws. Generally speaking, control and distance in a throw comes from making sure that the disc is spinning. Spin is added to the disc via a good wrist-snap, but how can you improve your wrist snap?

One way is to make sure that you’re cocking your wrist when setting up for your throw. If you pick up a disc in either a backhand or forehand grip it is unlikely that you will naturally cock your wrist. The “natural” way to hold the disc (in either grip) is to keep your wrist straight, in line with your arm.

Frisbee: Beyond Catch and Throw

by Craig Simon © 1982

Flat Flip Flies Straight. Tilted Flip Curves. Experiment!

These were the fabulously straightforward instructions that were molded onto every one of Wham-O Manufacturing Corporation’s earlier disc models. Ross Klongerbo, writing for “Frisbee disc World” pointed out that attention to just two words– SNAP and ANGLE–is all it really takes for a novice to throw a disc effectively. That said, I will now resume my usual verbosity.

The Connections Count

Aside from ultimate, think of another sport where the act of scoring a point or a goal requires an interaction between two players….

I can’t think of one. Any other team sport allows a player to score by themselves. It is an individual’s act. Whilst the rest of the team plays an important role in getting the scorer into a scoring position, the actual act of scoring a point is the responsibility of one player alone. For example, kicking a goal in soccer, smashing a puck through the posts in hockey or sinking a hoop in basketball.

Get More Throwing Power

One of the key parts of getting more power in your throw is to increase the mobility in your thoracic spine. Upper body fire hydrants, a thoracic spine mobilizer, is a great drill to get more mobility in your upper back which will give you more rotation, translating immediately into more power when throwing a frisbee, without changing your strength. Try it out, let me know what you think and subscribe to be notified when more videos are added!

Exercise for More Throwing Power

One of the key parts of getting more power in your throw is to increase the mobility in your thoracic spine. Prayers, a thoracic spine mobilizer, is an exercise I’ve been doing for a few months in my warm-up before every workout. I’ve noticed in the past month that I’m becoming more mobile which is translating directly into more power in my throw and subsequently, more distance on my throws.

Frisbee Skills Wins Games*

*Having good fitness will help but ultimately frisbee skills are more important

Far too often, I read about players spending all of their time in the gym and barely any on the field spent practicing. I don’t mean being at practice with your team. I mean going out on your own (or with a partner) practicing throwing and catching. Throwing and catching are a huge part of the game. If you are the fastest player on your team but you can’t throw or catch, then you won’t be very useful.

Where It All Began

Eleven years ago, I bought a frisbee at the University of Alberta’s club week from the University of Alberta Ultimate team. I started throwing that disc in a field close to my aunt + uncle’s house and would throw 3-4 nights per week for an hour each time.

Looking back, it’s easy to see how I started and how far I’ve come. I really appreciate all the support of my fans over the past 2 years and look forward to providing you more videos and articles to help you improve your game.

Throw It Early

To follow up on my post Checking Your Shoulder – Buttonhook, let’s talk about when to throw to those cuts.  In general, you want to put the disc up as early as possible.
There are a lot of factors involved in decision making, but in an ideal world, you want to be releasing your throw after the cutter has planted and has started their first step back toward you.  Putting the disc up early has various benefits:
  • Maximizes yardage on the incut.  The longer you wait, the closer to you the cutter gets and the less yardage gained on their incut.

Frisbee Trick Shots by Brodie Smith

Well shoot. I’ve been wanting to do a frisbee trick shot video for about a year but just never seemed to fit it in amongst my other videos. I gotta give props to Brodie Smith for doing a sweet trick shots video of his own. My favourites are the ones where he throws the disc along a wall. It’s actually really easy to throw the disc but it’s pretty impressive the skill it takes to have the disc drop at the right spot. Check the video out here:

Which of his trick shots was your favourite?

Controlling the Disc in the Wind

A big part of being a good thrower is having the ability to throw in the wind. In order to be a good thrower in the wind, you must learn to control how the disc moves and learn how to throw with edges on the disc. There are 3 edges – inside/out, outside/in and flat. This video illustrates the 3 edges and when you should throw each one.

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.