Common Throwing Problems and Solutions

Use these tips for both forehand and backhand throws.

1.The disc hooks to the left or right.

Make sure that when you release the disc, it is flat (parallel to the ground). You may find that leaning over or lunging helps to get your arm in a position that makes this possible (bonus: this will also help you get away from the person marking you!).

2.The disc slowly arcs up and floats for too long.

This is commonly called an air bounce and happens when the frisbee is angled upward when you release it. Aim slightly downward on your throws to compensate. It will help to focus on throwing the disc flat and not releasing the disc until your throwing arm is fully extended.

3.The disc goes into the ground.

This happens because the front end of the disc is angled down toward the ground.  Aim slightly upward on your throws to compensate. Work on keeping the disc flat when you release it.

4.The disc wobbles.

The frisbee needs lots of spin to keep it moving smoothly through the air. To get more spin you can try one of two things: (1) work on getting more wrist snap with your release (but make sure you don’t begin to overuse your arm or shoulder! It really is all in the wrist); or (2) make sure you are following through on your release so that your arm is fully extended and your hand is pointing toward where you are throwing after the disc leaves it.

5.The disc won't fly very far.

There are two things that can help the disc fly farther: (1) more spin, and (2) adding coordinated body movements. To get more spin you can focus on improving the wrist snap. To add coordinated body movements you can think of your entire body acting like a whip to release the disc. Your weight should shift from the back foot to the front and hips, core, shoulders, elbow and wrist all work together as a whip would.

6. My throws aren't accurate.

The disc will go in the direction you are pointing your arm when you release it. Make sure your arm is pointing in the direction you want your throws to go.

Important Tips

  • Mechanics first. New throwers may find it less frustrating to work on how to throw correctly (so the disc flies smoothly and accurately) before worrying about distance.  This is likely a new motion for your body and a set of muscles you use probably aren’t used to moving like this!  Focus on the wrist snap and release, without worrying too much about coordinating the rest of your body movement.
  • Practice. And then practice more and more!
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