Jutty121 wrote:Hey Guys,
In the past few months I've decided to take my DGing seriously and I watched a boat-load of youtube videos and read a bunch of articles to help improve my RHBH throw. I've come across conflicting advice with regards to grip either saying "grip it as hard as you can" or "It should be loose and comfortable". I've changed my grip to the power grip because there seemed to be somewhat of a consensus as to this being the best grip for maximum distance (previously I had a control grip that I learned from years of throwing a frisbee). However, since I started using this grip I've developed a nasty blister just above my top knuckle on my index finger. It doesn't bother me terribly, but I'm wondering if this rubbing against my index finger is messing up the spin of the disc. I can definitely feel it catch each time I let it go on a long drive.
Am I gripping too hard? Not hard enough? or Is it the fact I have freakishly small hands for someone who is 5'11?
Any advice is appreciated!!!
I recall when I started I developed blisters on several fingers and taped them all. I looked like the loser of a 5 finger fillet tournament.
Grips are unique to each player and you need to figure out what works for you. I tend to view things in simpler terms than JR and try never to argue with him as I only understand some small part of what he writes anyway. Never argue with anyone smarter than you are.
In my mind you grip hard when you throw hard and grip soft when you throw soft and for medium throws, well, you can figure that out. The finer the task the lighter the touch. Imagine if I asked you to try to draw, freehand, a perfect 12 inch circle. Pretty tough task. Now imagine trying to do it while gripping a pencil as hard as you can.
On full drives I grip as hard as I can. This way it tears out of my hand with great velocity. At least great velocity for an old guy.
If you don't grip hard it slips out and you lose power and direction. On softer throws the disc won't slip out unless your hand and/or disc are wet or cold (but those are different issues).
Tape works too. I like paper tape which you can find it in any drug store.
Only a few discs have sharp rims, which is obvious by holding them. A disc with a bead on the rim, by itself, doesn't bother me. Of course, we are all different. A high shoulder combined with a bead (like a Predator) does.