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Discmania Deep in the Game: Ep 3 – Sidearm (Instructional Disc Golf video)

September 30, 2019


Disc golf courses are like highways – there’s typically one main route designated to get you to your destination. The beauty of the game is to find alternative ways to drive. You may discover that there are better routes
right in front of you. Welcome to LaMirada –
Deep in the Game. the sidearm was a key to my success in my
first major victory in 2006 I’m going to teach you the proper sidearm
technique to take your game to the next level The sidearm or the forehand throw, is a natural throwing motion used in
other sports. That’s why you typically see beginners and children pick up
that kind of throwing style first there are many different advantages to throwing a sidearm. Such as open
up the fairway to the right side it’s very hard to get a turn over to carry
over to the right side of the fairway But it’s the natural spin and the
natural spin of the sidearm that will take over to the right side giving you more potential to birdie and better advantage on the course. it’s also a very efficient throw –
you don’t need a lot of power from a standstill throw because you utilize
a lot of your body and a lot of your hips when you throw the shot. So you can standstill for the most part and throw a very efficient shot. You can face the target the entire time.
On a backhand throw you turn and turn away, on a sidearm you can sit there and face
the target as you throw the shot also you can get a nice low release
on a shot as your trying to throw a skip shot or a low tunnel shot through some trees. so for the side arm throwing style
there are three main grips: there’s a split grip, the stack grip, and the power grip. The split grip is great for putter and midrange shots real
technical little approaches to the green the stack grip on the other hand is a grip
that’s widely used by many sidearm throwers. Good power, good control But then there’s my favorite grip, is the actual power grip. With good control and much more power, it
actually increases your spin and generates a lot more power as
you’re trying to drive the disc. Thumb on top – I try to place it where the flight
plate meets the rim. nice dense spot, good thumb pressure. Two fingers on the front edge. actually keep the disk in your hand and
keep a nice firm grip These drop out of the way when
you’re ready to release the shot. Sidearm arm swing is a very fluent
motion from back to front. The sidearm is a shorter reach back
’cause your not extending your arm fully you have kind of a tucked elbow here
as you’re going to drive your elbow through as you reach the extension point
and hit the point of release. On the teepad, I square up to the line of release
or the intended flight path. square my body up, I take one medium step of the left, a slight turn with the hips as a lean back and rotate back, load on my
hips, take one medium step with the right turning fully hips, trying to load the
hips to get some power from my body, the last step, a final step: plant foot
with my left. large step as I lean forward, I’m driving my legs
and driving my hips forward in to the final release of the disc. let’s deep in to the game and bring it all together. now for the first part: you’re reaching back on the arm swing reaching back swinging back extending not too far
because you elbow is still slightly bent, keeping the disc flat. As you come in through driving the
legs on that very last plant foot, driving your elbow through, and keeping it close to the body. It helps regain
a lot of power to keep the disc close to the body. too far away from the body – you’re going
to lose distance and lose power. Keeping the arm and form parallel
to the ground and keeping it perpendicular to your body as you almost do a karate chop extending forward This is the hit point. This is where you really
want to accelerate through the shot and give a tremendous acceleration, extended forward releasing the shot. Hit point and snap are very key. The wrist – a little bit of movement, not a full curl but a nice solid pop at the very end of
the shot. The sidearm is a very touchy shot and you need
extremely good timing is coming through With the backhand you can get away with some
missed timing. The sidearm is a super touchy, really
concentrate on the hit point. really concentrate on the middle finger. and release the shot through. and now we are at the most critical part
of the sidearm throw, which is the follow through. You’re extending so much energy in the shot, as you’re extending forward on the shorter shots you’re going to extend
your arm. On longer shots you’re going to spring your arm through. and stepping forward to right leg this
unloads all the momentum that your body builds up in a one forward straight line as
you’re trying to hit your line. You really want to commit to the angle of
the shot as you’re pulling through, keeping your palm to the sky. And extending forward with
your palm to the sky. any wrist rotation or wrist roll can
cause a disc to turn over or even a roll on a sidearm shot. So really commit to that line, commit to that angle and commit to
keeping your arm to the sky. as you follow through and extend. The sidearm is a very
complex throwing style. Here are some common mistakes people
do when trying to do a sidearm: First off – throwing the shot and rolling the wrist. Rolling the wrist will cause a faulty shot to the
left side and may even cause a sidearm roller. really commit to keeping the palm to the sky. Next “nose up” – Throwing nose up at the very end of
the release. It’s a very low release and when you’re trying to throw the shot, pulling up at the very end cause a nose up, and the disc to carry up, stall and to hyzer out to the right side. next is not tucking elbow – by not tucking the elbow you’re bringing your
disc farther away from your body. This causes loss of power
and loss of accuracy. always wanna tuck your elbow. Being a right-hand thrower the sidearm allows
me to open up the right side of the fairway. I throw stable to overstable drivers that have a tendency to finish off to the right side I throw the PD (Freak) and the PD2 (Chaos) in
in the Discmania disc line because of the overstable finish and long
distance on a sidearm throw. Learn to throw shorter shots when
trying to learn the sidearm Throw little short approach shots
with your putter or midrange. and then start trying a little longer shots,
maybe even teeshots on some shorter holes. until you get the mechanics down to throw the longer sidearms I’l guarantee when you learn the sidearm,
it’ll shave strokes off your rounds and take your game to the next level. three key points of sidearm driving – 1. Tuck your elbow. Keeping the disc close to your body in order to produce power throughout
the throwing motion. 2. Palm to the sky. commit to the line by following through
with your palm up to reduce rolling your wrist
and turning the disc over. 3. Firm grip. Concentrate on springing the disc off
your middle finger during the release to maintain accuracy and control.

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