I was asked by Ryan Lowe to analyze his backhand (pull and huck). Ryan Lowe has been releasing some great content, most recently 8 Tips […]
Articles on throwing backhand
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
The most fundamental throw in ultimate is the backhand. It’s important to learn the mechanics of the throw (grip, wrist snap, body movement) before spending […]
This video, posted with permission by Colin McIntyre, discusses how to get more distance on a backhand. Note 2: Some people struggle bringing the disc […]
This video, requested by a fan on Facebook, talks about throwing an air bounce backhand. I talk about how to throw it, when it should […]
This video, requested by a fan on Facebook, talks about throwing a high release backhand. I talk about when you should/shouldn’t throw it, how to […]
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
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.
Why is backhand so important?
Since in a game you are going to be marked by someone, you will want to be able to throw both a backhand and a forehand. A backhand will give you more separation from your mark than a flick since you’re getting further away from your pivot foot on your throw.