How To Throw A Frisbee

How to throw a frisbee; there are many different ways depending on the need for distance, accuracy, or body position.

There are two major grips or throws used to throw a disc - backhand and forehand. Both these throws can be used for both accuracy and distance.

Backhand: Grip the edge of the disc so that all your fingers are wrapped around the edge of the disc and your thumb lies along the top of the disc. Extend the throwing arm across your body and swing your arm away from your body, releasing the disc when your arm is about 45 degrees from your body with a snap of the wrist. At the same time, step forward with your right leg; you should complete your step and release the disc at approximately the same time. The power behind your throw should come mostly from wrist motion and partly from the movement of your arm. Make sure the disc stays level while you throw!

Forehand: The forehand throw is more difficult and will take a little more practice to get right. For the forehand throw, you will only use your two fingers and thumb to grip the disc. Place your middle finger on the rim of the underside of the disc. Extend your index finger toward the center of the disc on the underside and rest your thumb on the top of the disc, wrapping it around the edge. The power behind the forehand throw comes almost completely from your wrist. Stand with the disc to your right, horizontal to the ground. Hold it even with your body, maybe slightly behind you. Rotate the disc on your wrist behind your hand and snap your wrist forward, moving your arm forward slightly also. Release the disc when your arm and wrist movement bring it in front of you about 45 degrees, maybe slightly less. At the same time, step forward with your right foot (this may be counter-intuitive at first, especially if you've ever thrown a baseball), stepping down just as you release the disc. It is common to find your forehand throws landing vertical rather than horizontal at first - try tilting the outside edge of the disc toward the ground before you throw. Tilting the disc this way is also helpful if there is a strong wind.

Curving the disc:

Throwing curves, either backhand or forehand, takes some practice. To throw a backhand curve that curves away from you (to the left for a right-hander) and then back to the right, tilt the edge of the disc farthest from you away from the ground slightly. You will also want to step across your body and release the disc with your shoulder and part of your back facing forward. The degree of tilt and timing of release really just takes trial and error to perfect. To throw an inside-out backhand curve, begin with your arm extended across your body, but instead of extending it forward as in a normal backhand, bring it back across your body and release the disc about when your arm is extended straight forward. The disc should curve out to your right and then back in to the receiver.

To throw a forehand curve that first curves away to your right and then back in, tilt the outer edge of the disc slightly up and release slightly earlier than you would for a normal throw. You can also throw an inside-out forehand, which curves away to your left and then back. To do this, bring your arm across your body and release the disc in front of you rather than to the side as in a normal forehand. Tilt the outer edge of the disc toward the ground a little. This one of the most difficult curves to throw.

Other throws:

There are other throws you can use, two of the most common are the hammer and the push throw. To throw the hammer, grip the disc as you would for a forehand. Raise the disc vertically over your head, slightly tilted to the left, bring your arm back slightly and then throw it forward, snapping your wrist and releasing the disc over and slightly in front of your head. Step with your right foot. This throw is especially useful if someone is blocking the horizontal area in front of you and can be thrown quite a distance with a little practice.

A push throw is only used for moving the disc short distances. Grip the disc with your thumb on top and the other fingers resting flat on the underside of the disc, extending your index finger along the edge of the disc. Hold the disc straight out from your arm, bring it back towards your body and release it when your arm is about half-extended. When you release the disc, set it spinning by pushing it and rolling it off your extended index finger (the disc should spin clockwise). Your throw will probably only go a few feet - don't worry, that's all it is supposed to do! In general, you would only use this throw to get a disc accurately to someone a few feet away.

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