Friday, January 20, 2012

Ways to Throw Golf Disc

The sport of disc golf evolved from the simple tossing of Frisbees, a highly noncompetitive pastime of the 1960s. In 1975, Ed Headrick, the inventor of the modern Frisbee, invented the chain collection basket that is the equivalent of the hole in golf. He also founded the Professional Disc Golf Association. In the 21st century, disc golf is a highly organized game with tournaments, prize money and professionals who compete under the auspices of the PDGA. The sport retains a bit of its hippyish roots, emphasizing fair play and good sportsmanship as well as the accessibility and low cost of the game. Just as in regular golf, technique is vitally important, equipment is ever-improving and avid players are very passionate about their sport.
Basic Styles
The two basic throwing styles in disc golf are the backhand throw and the forehand throw. The backhand throw is based on the normal motion of throwing a Frisbee, You wind up by taking the disc behind the opposite site of your body, then striding forward and releasing it with a twist of the wrist. A forehand throw, also called a sidearm throw, is akin to throwing a baseball from the sidearm position, the arm moving across the same side of your body before releasing it.
Advanced Styles
The tomahawk is thrown like an overhand fastball. You hold the disc in a vertical position, bring it back over your head and release it with plenty of speed and rotation. If your technique is good, the disc flies in a straight, high arc, which is useful for clearing trees that might be in your path to the green. Perhaps the hardest shot to learn is the roller, which you can fling either sidearm or backhand. It is often used on a downhill shot. The disc flies in the air and then lands on its edge and commences to roll down the slope toward the target..
Putting Styles
According to Disc Golf Basics, there are three main putting styles. One is the ordinary Frisbee-type backhand throw with the disc held in a level, flat position. Another style is the butterfly. You hold the disc over the shoulder of your throwing arm in a flat position, then push the disc toward the basket with a flipping motion. Or you can use a turbo style, in which you elevate the disc over your throwing shoulder and use a spinning motion of the hand to release the disc toward the basket.
Innovative disc golfers are likely to create more throwing styles in the future, since the rules of the PDGA impose only one restriction on how you throw the disc. The rules defines throw as a "propulsion" of the disc. As long as the throw is made with your body and no artificial devices, you are good to go. "You can throw it with your foot if that works for you," says the PDGA. Some of the pros are sailing it out there: The record sidearm throw is more than 500 feet and the record backhand throw is more than 700 feet.

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