Improve Your Disc Golf Mental Game!

This post on pro tips to help you improve your disc golf mental game, is the seventh post in a series designed to help you elevate your game. Watch the videos and reinforce the concepts through reading. Watch, read, practice, and improve!

We all know it’s important.

It’s a story as old as time in sports.

Those with the strongest mental games, find their way to the top.

That isn’t always true for the most talented players. In fact, many a talented player has “not lived up to their potential” because they couldn’t get over the mental hurdles.

Conversely, names like Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Mia Hamm, and so many more have made it to the peak of the athletic mountaintop in large part because of their mental fortitude.

Drive, passion, confidence, fortitude, and belief are all just words. But when an athlete exemplifies them, they are powerful words indeed!

Applying a strong mental game to disc golf is just as important.

When you stare down that windy 25-footer to stay in the hunt, you need a strong mental game.

When you eye a tight fairway on the 18th hole to preserve your one-stroke lead after your opponent just laced it up the middle, you need to have that belief that you too will execute the shot and bring home the W.

So if we know the mental game is so important, it stands to reason that it’s worth working on our mental game as well.

Today, we look at some videos that will help you do just that.

Hopefully, by the end, you’ll have some strategies to apply to your mental game that you can work on while practicing so they carry over to your competitions as well.

Let’s get to it!

Take a Moment and Breathe…

In this quick video, Zoe Andyke reminds us the importance of pausing to take a breath. Not only can this calm you down and loosen you up before your shot, but it can also help you channel your mental energy where it belongs. 

“An extra breath or two is going to help you with your focus, and collect all your energy to make the shot happen. If you can visualize it, take a breath, believe in it, and achieve it.”

Watch Zoe deliver the message and add it to your routine!

Disc Golf Mental Game – Visualize

In a related video, we have Eric Oakley stressing the value of visualization in order to achieve success on the course. 

It can come into play quite a bit for successful players before they execute shots. 

How many times, while watching the pros, have you seen them get in the tee box, walk up to the front, stick their disc out at their intended angle, and back up for the real shot? 

What so many of them are doing in that moment, is visualizing their successful shots. 

And when you visualize that success, your body is much more inclined to do the motions that will help you realize that visualization. 

This trick can be used when you are playing well, or, to pull you out of a rut when the disc isn’t flying your way. 

Take a moment to visualize a successful shot.

Then, go out and complete it!

Putt (and Play) Confidently…

This video also came up in the post on disc golf in bad weather, but it’s absolutely worth reviewing! In essence, Connor gives us a tip on how to putt confidently. 

If we step back, and expand that out to the rest of our game, we can also think about playing confidently,. 

When we are confident we are far more likely to succeed. 

So, similar to Connor finding what gives him confidence on the putting green (see video), we too should find that which gives us confidence in as many aspects of our games that we can find.

Then, we can play confidently and reap the rewards out on the course! 

Keep the Stress Low!

And on a lighter note, if we putt confidently, but they don’t quite find the chains, here is an insightful video on how to ensure we don’t get overly stressed out over missed putts! 

Enjoy!

Disc Golf Mental Game: In Summary

Your disc golf mental game is absolutely something you can work on.

The work you put in will pay dividends on the course.

By having confidence, visualizing successful shots, practicing, and taking a moment to breathe, you can calm the nerves and execute the shots when it counts the most.

So, while you are out there practicing your putting, approaches, drives, rollers, or any other aspect of your game, be sure to work on your mental game as well.

It may be the most important thing you do!

Thank you for reading everyone. If you have any tips or tricks that you like to use for your mental game, be sure to share them in the comments.

That way we can all learn from one another and up our mental games collectively!

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

State of Disc Golf Survey: Practice and Play

2023 State of Disc Golf Survey

The greater disc golf community has a large variation in the level of participation in our sport. There are those among who currently are (or are working toward) making disc golf a career, and who play or practice daily.  At the other end of the spectrum, there are people who may only play once or twice per year. They may not even own their own discs. This week’s State of Disc Golf blog will discuss a few survey results that will help us see where we lie on that participation scale.

One of the ways we might express our participation level in disc golf is how many tournaments we play. Typically, if you like to play tournaments, you probably play more disc golf than the average person. And you might spend a bit of time practicing for tournaments. In the survey, we wanted to find out how often people practice putting and doing field work. We’ll look at those responses and get a snapshot of the current level of participation in disc golf.

Putting Practice in Winter

To dissect the data a little more, we asked about how our practice habits change from summer to winter. We’ll start with putting practice in the winter. Here are the survey results

An impressive number of us, 29%, practice at least twice per week in the winter. If you live in a climate that allows for comfortable outside play, or if you can putt indoors, you are more likely to keep putting when the temperatures drop and the snow flies. Putting leagues are another way to be competitive and keep practicing in the winter. Now let’s see how warmer weather affects putting practice.

Putting Practice in Summer

Almost half of us are committed to practicing putting in the summer at least two times per week. Nearly 16% don’t do any extra putting practice, but the rest of us will break out the putters at least once per month.

Since missed putts can add so many strokes to our scores, we would all benefit from practicing. Unfortunately, putting practice isn’t the most fun activity in disc golf.  We can improve our chances of putting regularly by playing putting games. There are solo games that you can play, where you keep track of either points or consecutive makes. And there are games you can play with others. Playing putting games makes the time and the reps fly by.

Fieldwork in Winter

A cousin to putting practice is field work. Throwing discs in a field is a great way to work on our form and our distance. Regular practice will improve our consistency and conditioning. Field work is a little more fun than putting, to me, because you get to watch the flight of the disc and feel the satisfaction when you get a great rip. It is tougher to do in the winter in much of the country, because of snow. Let’s see what the numbers say about field work

Just over half of us don’t do any field work in the winter. Cold and snowy conditions are probable responsible for keeping most of us indoors instead of out practicing in the winter. Another reason could be that the days are shorter and we might not get off work in time to practice.  About 10% of us still manage to get out at least twice a week in the ‘off-season’.

Fieldwork in Summer

Now we’ll take a look at how much change there is from winter to summer. Below is the chart for summer field work and we can see that over 75% of us do field work at least once per month. One in five of us practice two or more times per week. Those numbers are a little higher than what I see locally, but maybe people are practicing at non-disc golf fields.

 

Data From 2017

We’ve asked similar questions in the past, so let’s look at the numbers from 2017.

The data from 2017 shows that a lot more people indicated that they practice putting regularly. A third of us practiced at least twice per week. And a lot fewer people indicated that they either never practice putting, or only practice a few times each year. Let’s see how the fieldwork numbers compare to the recent survey.  Here are the results from 2017:

The number for the 2017 fieldwork results is similar to the results for this year’s results about fieldwork in the summer. There are slightly more people today who never do fieldwork, but most of the numbers from 2017 are similar to this year’s numbers.

Rounds Per Month

Another survey question that shows how active we are in disc golf is how many rounds per month we played last year. That question was only for those who started playing in 2021 or before. The results are pretty close to what I would guess. Let’s take a look at the chart.

A small percentage of us only averaged less than a round per month. However, at the other end of the scale, over 5% of us got to play nearly a round per day! Playing in leagues and tournaments regularly will bump your average up a bit. Add a few casual rounds with your buddies and it’s not too hard to get up to double-digits per month. However, over half of us stayed in single-digits.

More or Less Golf Last Year

In addition to seeing how many rounds we averaged last year, we also wanted to see if the number of rounds we played were more or less than in 2021, or if it stayed the same. Here is the data:

Prediction For 2023

It’s good to see that a significant majority of us played either the same or more disc golf in 2022. Regionally here in northern Utah there is a tournament or league happening every week, so it isn’t difficult to get your golf fix, if you have the time. Although we can predict how much free time we’ll have in the future, we did ask how much golf that people thought they would play this year compared to last. Here are the results:

I like people’s optimism about this year. Most of us will be playing as much or more disc golf this year. Let’s hope that works out for all of us!

 

Tune in next week for more State of Disc Golf survey results.

State of Disc Golf Survey: Demographics

Once again it is time to check out the results of the Infinite Discs State of Disc Golf survey. We had fewer surveys taken this year versus last year, but we still had 6536 people take the survey. I always look forward to seeing some of the results, which are a snapshot of the current state of disc golf. It’s also fun and interesting to compare this year’s results with prior years. Let’s check out the results.

Demographics

Every year we ask people about their basic demographics. We asked where people live, their age, and their gender. We’ll start with where we live. In the survey we gave people the option to select any of the 50 US states plus the District of Columbia, Canadian Providences, Australia, New Zealand, many countries in Europe, and several regions around the world. Hopefully, through the work of the McBeth foundation, in the future we will need to include all countries in Africa, Central and South America.

Where We Live

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the states with the most survey participants are also the most populated. However, after the top two, the survey doesn’t match the list of the most populated states. Here is a chart of survey respondents according to where you indicated that you live:

 

 

Historically, the states with the highest number of respondents will vary slightly from year to year. As mentioned above, the most populated states are typically in the top of the results. But, that doesn’t tell us the per capita results. So, I took the survey results and compared them to the state population to see which state had the highest participation rate. Again, the state in the number one spot won’t be much of a surprise. In the chart the number by the state indicates how many people are in the state for every person who took the survey. Here is the chart:

 

 

The home state for Infinite Discs is Utah, so it’s easy to see why we had the most participation per capita. Third place Idaho is right next door to Utah, and even has an Infinite store. Sandwiched between those two states is Vermont. With its sparse population, it doesn’t take a lot of people who took the survey to make them move up the chart. Oregon and Kansas have much bigger populations, and also good survey participation.

At the other end of the spectrum, Rhode Island and Washington, DC had the least participation per capita. Out of curiosity, I looked up both of those states’ PDGA membership. DC has 128 members (current and expired), while Rhode Island has 300. Utah, at the top of the per capita chart, has 2210 PDGA members.

Our Age

We did something with this survey that we should have done a long time ago: we cleaned up the age ranges that you could select. For example, instead of indicating whether you are 18-21, 22-25, 26-29, etc., we asked in 5-year increments. So, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, Etc. While I like the 5-year blocks, it makes it tougher to compare this year’s results to previous years. But, we’ll do what we can. Here are the results of this year’s survey:

 

 

The resulting graph looks generally similar to results we’ve seen in the past. The numbers slowly climb as we approach 30, then slowly decline as we age past 35. Nearly a fifth of us fall in that 30-34 group that is the largest. That is close to the same number of all players 50+.

Let’s look at a couple of previous years’ results so we can see where the numbers might have changed.

It looks like the age group that is consistently the highest is the 30-35 ish range. This year, however, that age group gave up some numbers to those of us who are younger and older. Let’s look at the under-30 group, the 30-39 group, and the 40+ group.

 

The survey results for the 40+ age group reflect what I see in tournaments in the area. The age-protected divisions are growing rapidly. As someone who plays in that group, that news is very encouraging. Hopefully that trend doesn’t stop, which will allow current young players to have a lengthy disc golf career.

It’s also encouraging to see younger players in the area, and see their numbers continue to grow. Despite the stats in the survey, we are doing pretty well as a sport. The future looks great and disc golf should continue to grow and expand. It really helps to have some of the young pros that the youth in disc golf can look up to and aspire to be.

Gender

 

When it comes to gender in the sport of disc golf, the numbers are probably always going to lean massively toward the guys. That’s what we see with the pros, and at most tournaments. Even so, FPO players are seeing the same relative increase in the number of competitors who are considered top tier. That is exciting for those of us who are fans of the pros and watching competitions. And beneficial to disc golf. We’ve already seen some great FPO tournament finishes this year, and with the number of top players increasing, we’re sure to see more. Let’s look at the results for this year.

 

 

While the number of women taking the survey remains significantly lower than men, the actual percentage bounces around from year to year. When I pulled up a couple other years’ results, percentage of women who were taking the survey stayed within a fairly narrow range. The men’s numbers were in an even more narrow range. Here are some previous results:

 

 

Prior to last year, we only had two options for gender: male or female. There were some who didn’t want to answer, so we added the NA option. Last year we has .05% who chose NA or didn’t answer. This year is was nearly double that.

Since open answers are difficult to process, we want to have set answers to choose from. Next year we will reevaluate the best options to be the most inclusive. And we will still give people the option to not answer

Tune in next week for more survey results.

 

FOCUS FRIDAY – Alfa Discs on Discount

FOCUS FRIDAY – ALFA DISCS BRAND

Welcome back to another Focus Friday, where we look at a certain mold or brand, and give you a discount so you can try it out for yourself. This week, we are focusing on ONE brand, Alfa Discs from Norway.

If you would like to learn about the beginning of Alfa Discs and more about the first every Norwegian disc gof manufacturer, read our blog post.

Alfa Discs currently has 3 molds… The Apollo (straight mid-range), The Cosmic (glidey fairway driver), and the Snoopy (easy-to-throw putter).

In addition to these molds, they have 3 plastics to choose from: Copper – a grippy plastic perfect for all conditions and to help increase putting confidence. Crystal – an opaque, durable plastic with excellent grip (This was their first plastic) Chrome – Much like Crystal, but with a more gummy feel.

Each of these molds have GREAT reviews and would be an awesome brand to try out.

DISCOUNT -> To get ANY Alfa Discs Mold for 20% off, use this code at check out: “FOCUSALFA”

This will end Monday night, so get on this amazing deal while you can! 
Check out this page to see all the items that are on sale this week.

Note: After placing your discs/items in the shopping cart and before checking out, click on the “Discount Code” box under the shopping cart and enter that code. Then proceed to checkout.

Infinite Discs 3.0 is Live!

This is a big deal for us. We have spent countless hours working on our new website and now it is finally launched.

As with most new things technology, when new there are always errors and glitches. This is not just a Shopify site, but a custom built website that we have invested in designed specifically for disc golf sales.

Please be patient with us and we are working to resolve them. There are a number of images of non disc products that did not import successfully as well as other errors we are discovering.

If you have an error, please let us know by filling out the feedback form here. 

Some Exciting New Features

While browsing our new website, here are a few things to check out:

Smart Search Feature

Our new search bar is substantially more intelligent than our old site. Now if you type “Discraft” it will take you directly to the Discraft page.

If you type in a disc mold name it will take you directly to the disc model page rather show you individual listings of those discs. These new search features will save you time and make your disc golf shopping easier.

Disc Profile Images

One of the most frequent questions our customer service team is asked is “how domey is the disc”

Well, now you can look at them and see for yourself.

Because our old website did not have that feature, none of the old images feature the profile picture, but going forward you can expect newly added discs to include the profile picture.

Enhanced Flight Paths

New Infinite Discs Flight pathsThe flight paths displayed on InfiniteDiscs.com now vary by plastic type. These flight paths are generated based on user ratings. You can now compare stabilities of different plastics in the same molds based on what previous reviewers have said when entering flight paths in their disc reviews.

With these new flight paths you can also adjust the dimensions based on throwing speed to get a better indication of how a particular disc will fly for you. You can also adjust this flight path based on if you through right handed, left handed, backhand or forehand.

Comparison Feature

New Infinite Discs Comparison FeaturesNow you can compare different discs side by side. Simply add them to your cart, and then compare helping you decided the best disc for you.

Many more to come…

These are just a few of the great new features of Infinite Discs 3.0. We will highlight more features in future posts.

Infinite Discs 3.0 is coming very soon…

Infinite Discs Circle Logo

10 years ago we sought out to create the best disc golf website. The most recent version of InfiniteDiscs.com was really good for it’s time, but, it used some older technology and was built when we had 1/20th of our current traffic and a fraction of our current inventory.

For the last three years we have been working to create a better and more modern website version.

We are currently in the process of transferring our databases (more than 80,000 unique individual products) from our old website and server to a new, better website and faster server.

This new website will provide several advantages including:

  • Faster
  • Improved Functionality
  • Easier to Navigate
  • Ability to handle MORE Traffic at once.
  • Less likely to crash during hot releases
  • Better flight paths
  • 2nd Picture of Every Disc (showing each individual disks profile).
  • Exact scaled weight
  • And other great features to ensure that once again, InfiniteDiscs.com is the best disc golf website.

However, transferring a database this long takes some time, and during the transfer, our retail site will be is down for a bit (we hope not too much longer).

But I NEED to shop disc golf right now!

We get it, sometimes shopping for disc golf equipment is a need.

In the meantime, you can shop at our Disc Golf Outlet Store DiscountDiscGolf.com

Wait, you didn’t know we have an outlet store?

Well we do. It’s focus is very different than InfiniteDiscs.com with a much smaller selection, less information, and no individual pictures of every disc.

But, like the name implies. it has some really inexpensive discs. If you like cheap disc golf discs…

Shop DiscountDiscGolf.com

 

 

The End of Infinitediscs.com

The End of Times is Here

We have a HUGE announcement… we have all but completed the creation of our new website, and it is ready for launch. This means the end of our current site is near, and a rebirth of our new site will begin!

Our team has worked tirelessly to bring you a whole new Infinite Discs shopping experience with this updated version of our website. 

To help make the transition as smooth as possible, we have put LOADS of products on sale. In addition to the sale, you will find a discount code down below that you can use to take an additional 15% off select items!

This sale will end the night of Sunday the 5th (midnight EST)

On the night of Monday the 6th (midnight EST), both websites will be shut down to begin the online inventory transition. You will be unable to shop online with us during this time.

Approximately 24-48 hours after this shutdown, you will see our new site go live and ready for your orders! If any of this approximate timeline changes, we will use our social media to keep you informed. The URL for the new site will be the same as the current site –  Infinitediscs.com

During this shutdown period, we encourage you to check out our outlet store: Discount Disc Golf. You will find a wide variety of molds available there on some AMAZING deals! It is called Discount Disc Golf for a reason 😉

And as always, we are open to any questions or issues you run into while using our updated website through our support channels, though we ask that your inquiries/feedback be respectful and understanding to our staff who have worked tirelessly to make this all happen.

We are beyond excited about this transition, and hope you are too!

 

DISCOUNT -> To get ANY item* (on sale or not on sale) for an extra 15% off, use this code at check out: “ENDOFTIMES”

This will end Sunday night, so get on this amazing deal while you can! 
Check out this page to see all the items that are on sale for this event.

Note: After placing your discs/items in the shopping cart and before checking out, click on the “Discount Code” box under the shopping cart and enter that code. Then proceed to checkout.

*select items

Pro Tips to Improve Your Disc Golf Forehand!

This post on pro tips to help you improve your disc golf forehand, is the fifth post in a series designed to help you elevate your game. Watch the videos and reinforce the concepts through reading. Watch, read, practice, and improve!

What if I asked you, “Would you give just over 8 minutes of your time to significantly improve your disc golf forehand?”

Would you do it?

Can I answer for you?

Of course you would!

And that’s exactly what we are talking about today. 

Nate Sexton, one of the best forehand players to ever play, gives a clinic on how he throws his forehand. 

Well, if he is throwing it that way, then perhaps we should as well. 

And if we’re being honest with ourselves, it is going to take more than 8 minutes, right?

We should pause, process, practice, replay, and repeat. A lot. 

But while we’re being honest, isn’t it completely, 100% worth it? 

I think so.

The alternative might be sending an errant forehand way off line to smack a tree and go careening off into the netherlands of the woods.

Or, watching yet another forehand “turn and burn” and cut roll embarrassingly close to the location you just launched it from?

Or executing any of the countless other issues that occur when we throw forehands?

Yes, this is definitely worth the investment of time.

Sexton has us covered, soup to nuts, from grip, to reach-back, to follow through, with countless other nuggets to mine (that’s what I’m here for) throughout. 

So let’s get going shall we?

Let’s take the time to watch one of the very best in the world teach us his craft, so that we can reap the rewards with consistent, effective, and, perhaps, deadly forehands, that will drop scores from our game and make us far more complete disc golfers!

This time, in this post, and unlike the previous posts in this series on accuracy, upshots, grip, and playing disc golf in bad weather, we’re going to watch first and review afterwards.

Let me know in the comments if you like it better this way or the other.

Key Sidearm (Forehand) Pointers!

Now that you’ve watched, let’s go over some of the key points starting with warming up!!

Always Warm Up Before Throwing Big Forehands!

One important thing that he mentioned in the middle is the importance of warming up before throwing big forehands!

You can do this by gradually increasing distances or playing catch (also from short distances). 

In general, Sexton mentions, the forehand can be more taxing on your arm/body so warming your arm up is of the utmost importance!

You don’t want to injure it and be unable to use these newer techniques we’re learning today, so warm up!

Now let’s look at Sexton’s thoughts on the forehand grip!

Find A Sidearm Grip That Works For You!

The video starts right out by getting into the grip that Sexton uses.

He mentions, however, that while the disc he’s using (The Firebird) is the same size/dimensions as your Firebird, his hand is NOT the same size/dimensions as theirs (or yours or mine!).

All that means is: Just because he’s using that grip (and is one of the best in the world) it DOESN’T mean it’s the perfect grip for you (probably worth a try though!).

In the end, Sexton leaves us with 2 keys for forehand grip.

Sexton Forehand Grip Key #1Have 2 fingers be on the rim.

Sexton Forehand Grip Key #2Leave NO Space between the disc and your hand (at the base of your thumb and pointer finger. (This provides more consistency and less wobble.)).

Once you do that, it’s up to you to find a method that’s comfortable for you.

Comfort above all else,” Sexton reminds us.

Then, at about the 1:30 mark, Sexton moves to footwork.

Power forehand throw on the all star courseUse Proper Footwork To Maximize Your Forehand!

Nate begins by telling us, with a cheeky grin, that he uses “The World Famous Sexton Hop” for his footwork. 

Here’s the “Sexton Hop” Sequence for RHFH (opposite for LHFH):

  1. Left Foot Step
  2. Right Foot Step
  3. Right Foot Hop
  4. Go (Step forward with Left Foot and Throw)

For anyone that plays baseball, he likens this footwork to what an outfielder does in baseball when throwing it back into the infield. 

In baseball, this would be called the “crow hop.”

The basic premise is that you, in his words, “turn your hips sideways to your target, temporarily, while you load the shot, and then you’ve got to snap your hips out of it, and then come through back to square to get big power.

He goes on to point out that others use different footwork before moving on to the ever-important forehand reach back. 

Use Proper Forehand Reach-Back!

Sexton starts out the section on reach-back (at 2:45) by discussing the wrist action and contrasting it to the backhand. 

The backhand is thrown with a passive wrist. A locked wrist. The forehand is an active wrist throw.”

Another contrast he points out is the reach back. 

In the backhand you typically do a long, straight reach back.

Not so with the forehand. 

The forehand reach back is NOT linear,” he tells us. 

The elbow is far from the body in the reach back with your elbow bent and the face of the disc looking at the back of your head (at about head height).

At 3:20 he addresses when you should be tucking your elbow into the body.

When you get into “the hit of the throw” pin the elbow to the side of your body (when throwing hyzer or flat) for as long as you can. But not for the reach back or follow through. 

When I want to get into the hit of the throw, I am going to pin the elbow to the side…Bring it in close, snap the hips, snap the wrist forward through, and then on the follow through again, obviously the elbow is coming off…

Then, at about 3:55, Sexton gets right into controlling angle on the forehand shots.

How to Control Angles with the Forehand Throw!

To work on controlling angles, Sexton points out 3 levers you can use to do so with the forehand shot. Wrist, elbow and hip. 

He then translates for us and tells us how he uses these levers for hyzer and anhyzer shots. 

For the wrist, he shows us how the wrist lever can set the disc on a hyzer (with the wrist pointing downward), flat, or anhyzer (wrist flexed up).

With the elbow, we see that you can use it to throw hyzer (disc swings below elbow) or anhyzer (elbow off the body and disc above the elbow joint).

And finally, he points out you can drop the inside hip to add more hyzer to your shot as well (You probably don’t want to do the opposite for the forehand anhyzer he shows).

Understanding these three levers, and practicing them a lot, will help you master your angle controls on any given forehand shot. 

At this point, he is asked a question about warming up to prevent pain (which we covered partly at the beginning when we talked about warming up slowly and gradually.)

But he also made sure to stress the importance of using the snap of the wrist so you are not cranking your arm and so you can “work smarter not harder.”

Next, at about the 5:25 mark, we get into disc selection for learning proper forehand technique.

Choosing the Right Disc for Forehand Shots

Sexton is a big proponent for learning to throw forehand by using understable discs because it “let’s you control angles.”

He continues.

You gotta be able to work some angles with the flippy stuff, and you’ll be thankful for it when you get on a really tight woods course, or you have a tailwind, and you need to generate power across some different, more subtle lines, that aren’t just a wide open field hyzer.”

Preventing the “Turn and Burn” Forehand

At the end of the video, Sexton is asked if he has “any last tips for beginner sidearm?”

The first thing that comes to mind for him is wrist snap.

Just to reiterate, the wrist speed is so important.

Then, he goes onto a point regarding the wrist action that he didn’t necessarily touch upon earlier.

The main thing that people do wrong is roll the wrist [too early] through as if they were throwing a football… [with the] fingers pointing down in the follow through…”

“With a forehand hyzer…you need to keep the palm up for as long as possible…very late in the follow through, sure, your hand will roll over…”

Essentially though, Sexton tells us to keep that wrist up until that disc is a good ways out of our hands. 

This will ensure we’re not turning over to quickly and “turning and burning” those wobbly forehands.

His final bit of wisdom in this video is a healthy dose of logic. 

The forehand you really need to learn,” he tells us, “is the hyzer because then you have consistent right moving, right skipping shots (for RHFH), and that’s what’s going to save you 3 strokes a round next month…”

Deep Forehand ReachbackForehand Tips from Ricky Wysocki

Now we go from one legend to another. 

In the next video we see a young Ricky Wysocki (circa 2017).

In the video below, Ricky takes questions during a clinic and in it, he pretty much reaffirms so much of what we just went over in Nate Sexton’s video.

Ricky goes over the proper reach back that Sexton talked about.

He also talks about the grip (and leaving no space between the disc and the hand).

There’s the importance of the wrist snap (vs. “arming the disc”) for power and less wobble. 

He also discusses why we turn our forehands over (unknowingly rolling wrist or arm over before releasing the wrist).

Wysocki then talks about lining up his shot by lining up his feet.

Weight Shift While Throwing Forehands

At about 6:35, a gentleman mentions that his timing gets way out of sync if he does anything more than one step. He then proceeds to ask Wysocki about his run up for forehand.

It’s here that Ricky waxes a little about the importance of weight shift in forehand (but also backhand and sports in general). 

I recommend watching it, as it really hammers home the importance of timing as it pertains to this weight shift.

You really just want to keep your weight back (on your back foot) until your arm’s coming through

In a related question, another person asks him about whether or not we should be twisting at the hips. 

In essence, he tells us “no.”

If we are twisting at the hips we’re introducing so many new angles/directions that the disc could fly off on. 

Instead, he instructs, think of it more of a lateral, side to side, movement of the hips. 

Have the hips shifting towards the intended line you want to throw on.

Improve Forehand Through Trial and Error Practice

One final message that Ricky imparts throughout the video is the importance of trying these things out in order to improve your disc golf forehand. 

He tells us what we already know, but it bears repeating. 

We’re going to get better at these techniques by trial and error, and by practicing and adjusting. 

Before long, he tells us, it’ll become second nature.

Give the video a look and have Sexton’s points reaffirmed and learn a few new ideas as well!

Improve Your Disc Golf Forehand – In Summary

There you have it! Those are some tips from some of the very best in the game on how to improve your disc golf forehand.

To start, we watched Nate Sexton give a clinic of sorts on his best tips for the forehand.

Here’s what he gave us:

  1. Always warm up!
  2. Grip – Have two fingers on the rim and leave no space between the disc and your hand. In the end, find what’s comfortable for you!
  3. Footwork – Try the Sexton Hop!
  4. Reach Back –  Remember that it’s non-linear and comes up behind your head (see video).
  5.  Elbow Tuck – For the hit of the throw, tuck your elbow into your side for throwing hyzer or flat.
  6.  Angle Control – Use your wrist, elbow and hip to control angles.
  7.  Wrist – Remember that forehand has an active wrist snap (instead of “arming” the disc).
  8.  Palm Up – Keep your palm up until after you release (this will help you prevent “turn and burn”)
  9.  Understable Practice – Practice forehands with flippy, understable discs. This will help you control your angles better.

Sexton gave us a lot and it’s all quite valuable. Wysocki, who’s not too shabby with his forehand himself, reinforced a lot of Sexton’s advice and added a few tidbits of his own.

Here’s what Wysocki had to say:

  1. Weight shift – Shift your weight from your back foot to your front foot as you are coming through.
  2. Hips – Instead of rotating the hips and introducing new angles to your throw think of your hip movement as a lateral, side to side movement towards your intended line.
  3. Practice – Go out and try your shots and learn through trial and error!

As I said before, there is certainly a lot to take in. But as we also said, it’s absolutely worth the time investment to be learning from some of the best in the world.

Comment Below!

I hope those tips from Sexton and Wysocki have helped you improve your disc golf forehand.

They certainly have for me!

Let us know in the comments below if there were any tips that resonated with you.

Were there any that were new to you?

Do you have any tips that you use that wasn’t mentioned in the videos?

Did you prefer this format (watch first, review second)? Or do you like it the other way around?

Anything you still want to know about?

Let us know all this and more!

In the meantime, keep working on your game everyone and reap the rewards on the course!

 

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