Last updated on September 22nd, 2023 at 09:02 pm
Last updated by Maredith Damasco
Many people who have played disc golf have one thing in common: they want to throw the disc golf farther. This desire is normal since every disc golfer wants to see their disc flying through the air longer and further than it has in the past. But the biggest question is: how to throw the disc golf farther? What techniques and mechanics does a player must do to get that desired distance on the disc golf course?
We will be answering all these questions above and other related queries in this article. Our team aims to provide comprehensive information to help people achieve maximum throwing distance on the field. We are dedicated to teaching everyone the correct technique for reaching the farthest distance in disc golf.
How to Throw REALLY Far
If you want to achieve distance, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. It will be customary for you to change some of your approaches to the game to achieve the distance you are looking at.
Disc Selection is Important
Don’t assume that using a high-speed disc guarantees the best distance. Factors like arm speed, wind, and disc ratings play a role. If your arm speed doesn’t match the disc, it may fade early, reducing distance.
The best thing to do is adjust and consider a disc with lesser speed, fade, and possibly weight. To achieve the distance, you need to practice with different discs and find out what suits you. Plenty of practice and finding the right disc are essential for achieving maximum distance.
Mastering Different Type of Shots
If you are dealing with an open fairway, you can use a high-speed disc and throw straight to get your shot’s maximum distance. But what about other game situations such as dealing with trees, thick weeds, big rocks, and so on? You need to use different shots and alternate flight paths to get the distance that you confront.
Getting a reasonable distance is finding a long route and looking for a safe and long way. A good example is when dealing with trees in your flight path. You can throw the disc below an optimal height because of the tree, or you can go the safer route to do a hyzer around the trees and still get the distance.
When dealing with different situations on the field, you need to decide which type of shots will be safe while also covering the best distance for you. Whether it’s a hyzer, anhyzer, roller, or straight; the most important thing is to choose the right shot to get the distance. After all, getting the maximum length is not all about the power; it is also about choosing the right line to give the farthest distance.
Improving your Power through Training
Another point of adjustment is to improve your power to get the maximum distance. Focusing on the leg muscles, triceps, and core will take you a long way in achieving that. When it comes to the triceps, bench presses and push-ups can also build your shoulder strength. Meanwhile, the core is essential because it helps the hips rotate faster, resulting in a good release and a possible long distance.
Meanwhile, to condition your arms, you should stretch your arms and mimic throwing movements with free weights or resistance cords. You can also develop your grip and forearm by working on those hand grips once in a while.
Cleaning your Disc Regularly During the Game
The accumulation of scratches and dirt on the disc can slow the disc down eventually. The scratches and mud can make the disc turn over early in its flight, significantly reducing the distance traveled. If you want to achieve the best distance, you want to clean the disc and replace them once it is not in good condition.
Do the Field Work
To throw the disc golf farther, you need to allocate a lot of time to throwing and practicing a lot of throws. This action is the only way to get better, improve, and grow your style on the field. The only way to do it, is to bring your bag full of discs and start throwing the discs, practice doing the same type throws working on your consistency. If you put in the work, better your form, you will train your body to throw the further. Until such time that you will achieve the optimum distance that you are looking for.
How to Get More Distance in Disc Golf
The truth is, you will need a lot of time and effort to maximize your throw and get more distance. But to be able to do so, you need to learn techniques that help you achieve the longest distance possible on the field. Please see the list below.
The Proper Runup
Doing the proper runup is one of the most important things to get the throw’s maximum distance. When running up, you’ll need to set your feet up to engage your hips in the rotation. For a right hand backhand throw, the right foot will step forward while the left foot will step forward behind the right foot. This creates the X-step. The right foot will then step forward with the heel pointing in the direction you want to throw. You will then plant the right foot, an shift your weight from the left foot to the right foot, all the while you begin the rotation to throw and release the disc.
Failure to do it will end up with reduced power, and the hips will only go forward. They cannot rotate around, which will affect the throwing motion, thus affecting the power of the disc. Also, the hips should be in one motion with your arm. You do not want the hips way ahead of your arms or vice versa. Also, keep your head in the middle of the body during the throw to make the shoulder even. This action will make the shot come out with a good angle and good height.
The Proper Reach Back
Once you have the proper runup, hips are engaged, and your head is in the middle of the body, one thing that matters during the throw is getting the reach back correct. Once you reach back, you want to make sure that you are getting everything you can. Doing this will give you time to pull through and give you more room to generate power. The further you reach back with control, the better your shot will be down the road.
Also, the head should be in line with the disc when reaching back. You should not look in other directions and should be in motion together with the disc as you reach back. Your head should move with your front shoulder to maximize the power of your throw.
The Proper Grip
There is no specific grip that brings a lot of distance to the thrower. We also notice that not even the most popular disc golfers take pride in their grips, persuading others to follow their style. The key is to experiment with different types of grips when you are just starting to learn. Then, find the suitable grip that brings comfort to you and your hand.
It is essential to experiment, because you will get accustomed to only one type of grip if you fail to do so. And this is not advisable because it will be difficult for you to change to a more suitable grip. There are different grips for different types of shots, and you need to find convenient and comfortable grips for your hand.
If you want to increase your distance, you need to learn how to throw a disc golf disc the right way. We have presented many factors and techniques to help players achieve the maximum distance they are looking for. Some of the techniques may contribute a little to you, but any improvement is always welcome when improving your distance throw.
The key is to spend a lot of time and start throwing the discs consistently and regularly. It’s about hard work, proper techniques, the right disc, and daily improvement. With effort, you’ll see progress and eventually achieve maximum distance on the course.