It’s a story I tell often when playing a round of disc golf. A few years ago I spent a day shooting my bow in preparation for deer hunting season. Something happened to my elbow in doing that which prevents me from straightening my arm completely. I have not seen a specialist about it, nor plan to since I can do 99% of activities I would like to do. It does occasionally hurt and swell some, but some Ibuprofen and a little rest has me going in a day or so. When I first took up disc golf, my elbow would kill me for a week after playing a round. Until I discovered the sidearm/forehand/flick/etc.
The forehand is a lifesaver for me on the disc golf course. I drive with forehands, upshot with them, and generally have no ill effects on my elbow as a result. Since going with the forehand as my primary throw, I do not have very many mid-range discs since they just don’t work as well on a forehand for me. The list of discs used for driving and upshots using a forehand throw follows, and they all work well for my skill level.
- Prodigy 400G D4
- Innnova Champion Tern
- Innova Star Valkyrie
- Dynamic Discs Escape
- Prodigy 400S F2, F5, and F7
- Innova Champion Teebird
- Axiom Crave
Learning the throw the forehand/sidearm has been an ongoing process for me. At first, I could get the disc to fly correctly about five percent of the time. After a day of field work, I got a good handle on how to throw a forehand and have the disc fly like it should. Some discs wouldn’t work for me that day, and they were mainly mid-range discs, of which I only had a couple of Innova DX Sharks to throw. I never particularly liked that disc anyways, but that’s personal preference. And for the longest time, the Innova Champion Tern was my go to disc off the tee no matter the length of the hole. I also had an Innova DX Leopard that I couldn’t forehand to save my life and would rarely use.
Since those days, I’ve watched lots of videos on Youtube of disc golf. Seeing all of the pros form for throwing a sidearm had me twisted up on how I really wanted to throw a forehand. I tried the Avery Jenkins/Paul McBeth style, which worked out well sometimes. Sarah Hokom’s form seems hard on the body, as does Nate Sexton’s, where they lean way over to throw low to the ground. Ricky Wysocki has great form as well, though still bendy a bit. Viewing multiple videos, I put together a playlist on Youtube of some sidearm instruction videos and others that just show good form.
Adding proper form to my field work mission is a must, though I admit that after posting it last week, I was unable to get out and do any field work due to inclement weather all week long. Even the weather presenters on the local television stations seemed to just say “Rain, all week long.” With the temperatures seeming to come down a bit now, it will be easier to get out and do the field work I need. The local high school and sportsplex are near to my home, so making it to a field free of obstacles doesn’t take long. I’ve even got my point and shoot digital camera ready to take to video my form.
As a suprising conicidence, Tim over at MindBodyDisc posted about something similar this week. We see a lot of people online saying “this disc flew like this for me, not at all like xxx throws it on tour.” Quit yer bellyaching and get some field work in so you’ll know how the disc flies for you. In the meantime, I’ll be doing the same. Gotta figure out those forehand rollers…..