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.
Paul Ulibarri’s clinic focused on tips to help you improve your short game approach shots. According to Paul, the most underrated part of the disc golf game is getting up and down from 100 feet. He has four basic tips to improve your control and accuracy on approach shots.
1. Get in an athletic position with your soldiers square to the target.
2. Keep your eye on the target.
3. Get the nose of the disc up. Having the nose of the disc facing upward will help prevent you from overshooting the basket. To make sure the nose of the disc stays up, Paul recommends keeping your wrist above your elbow.
4. Follow through with your shot.
Watch the full clinic video, produced by Cassidy Houdeshel right here.