On Memorial Day 2017, Infinite Discs was honored to have Ricky Wysocki come to our home town and join with the locals in a tournament at the Cache County Fairgrounds. Ricky is a class act and really treated the local players well, addressing everybody with respect and a contagiously cheerful, positive attitude. After the tournament was over, Ricky took the time to give a disc golf clinic and answered questions for the group of players who were anxious to hear from him.
These are three videos covering that clinic.
The first video covers Ricky’s answers mostly concerning putting and grip.
The second video covers Ricky’s answers about throwing rollers.
The third video covers answers to questions about Ricky’s infamous sidearm throws.
We really look forward to seeing Ricky again in the future. We feel very lucky that he has taken the time for a couple of years to visit the players of Cache Valley. It’s always fun to not only watch, but play with and learn from a professional.
Ricky Wysocki, the #2 ranked disc golfer in the world, and arguably the best putter, gives a few putting tips to a clinic at the Cache County Fairgrounds. There are a lot of different ways to putt, different ways to grip the disc, and different stances that all work. Ricky recommends that you use the grip and stance that works best for you.
He emphasis these three points to improve your putting game:
1. Use your entire body.
2. Use your lower body to provide the power. Your arm guides the disc while the lower body provides the power.
3. When you bring the disc down before the putt, bend your leg, shift your weight to your back leg, and let the leg pop forward to provide the power.
The mechanics for driving, putting, and approach shots are really pretty similar, just on a different scale. Professional disc golfer Ricky Wysocki gives a few tips to improve mechanics and disc golf driving distance for backhand throws, forehand throws, and rollers.
A few general driving tips:
Use a straight forward run up. Line your shoulders up and run up in the direction you want to throw.
Don’t throw across your body. It’s bad for your back and bad for consistency.
Get your timing right. Driving distance and power is all about getting the mechanics right.
Driving is all about timing and weight shift using both lower and upper body to maximize potential.
Straight back, and straight forward.
Don’t curl your wrist.
Throw essentially the same shot for a hyzer or anhyzer, just place your body in a different position.
Get a full reach back. You will get more power when you’re fully extended and reaching all the way back. Fully extend on the reach back and on the follow through.
Timing issues are best fixed with time, and practicing in the field.
The form between sidearm and backhand is actually pretty similar.
Reach all the way back and forward with your follow through in the direction you want to throw.
Keep your elbow tucked in close to your body right before you throw.
Having a good upshot game can reduce putting stress and shave strokes off your round. In this clinic, Professional disc golfer Ricky Wysocki provides a few tips to help you improve your upshots.
Ricky says that these tips are pretty basic, but that it’s the basics that people fail to execute that causes most of the problems. Here are four of his tips for more accurate consistent approach shots:
1. Line up properly. Line your shoulders up with your feet so that all body parts are going the same direction.
2. Keep your legs in an athletic position, pointing where you want to throw about shoulder length apart.
3. Lock your wrist in position and keep it there the entire time. (Whether you’re throwing a hyzer, anhyzer, or tomahawk throw)
4. Eliminate the variables so that your disc only has one thing to do — go in the right direction.