felixtibs wrote:Well, I have struggled with distance for a while. I came in gung ho, got my discs all polished up, posted videos, and actually saw an increase in performance. I can throw from a standstill 270-300' consistently. Getting past this distance has been tough, mainly because my X step usually involves me losing my control over the throw.
Practice in a field everyday if you can, you will see the difference. Relaxing helps more than stressing, as the disc flies just as far if arent clenching up and is much less harsh on your body.
I'd second this. Too many folks use the x-step without realizing what it adds to their throw. I found that when I used an x-step, I was stopping at my reach back with all my weight back and then transfering my weight forwards when I planted. The problem was everything came to a halt at the reach back - sort of like when you throw a ball in the air and at it's apex it stops. I was stopping half-way through my x-step. I've been working on it and have found a way to keep my momentum all the way through the x-step and it helps a lot. When I get it right, I get significant extra distance. The problem is that like felix, I tend to lose some of my form with the x-step (too much to focus on) and I don't pull as close to my body and get a slight swoop and nose up in my throw.
What helps you get that distance is increasing your power from the bottom up and your rotational speed. That'll help increase your arm speed some. Then it's just a matter of keeping that disc in tight to your chest the whole way through. If you're relaxed you'll get the "whip" motion. If you're tense or pulling with your arm from the reach back all the way through, then you just don't get the whipping motion, you get a throw.