The forehand, aka flicking, two-finger, or side-hand throwing, is the most common way of throwing a frisbee. This throw is done by “flicking” the wrist forward while keeping the disc parallel to the ground. This throw is similar to a forehand shot in tennis. With practice, you can throw the disc with good range and accuracy. So let's look at Step 1 and start practicing.
Part 1 of 2: Throwing Ordinary Forehands
Step 1. Grip the dish properly
Use your index, middle and thumb to grip the disc while keeping the other fingers free. These three fingers are sufficient to hold the weight of the disc and provide the necessary strength and control. Here's how to hold it:
- Thumbs up should be raised, as if raised, and make a “peace” sign with your middle and index fingers, making sure that your palms are facing the sky. These three fingers are enough to throw the disc.
- Now, hold the disc with your non-dominant hand, logo facing up, and place it over the “peace” sign, while folding your thumbs over the disc.
- After that, fold your ring and little fingers into your hand as if to make a light fist so as not to interfere with your grip.
- Fold your middle finger into your palm, pushing it into a circle. The index finger should remain straight, pointing towards the center of the disc and holding the weight.
Squeeze the disc, pushing your thumb and middle finger so that the circle is tightly gripped.
As a variation, instead of a "split fingers" grip, you can squeeze your middle and index fingers together for a power grip. This grip will provide more strength but decreased accuracy
Step 2. Take the right attitude
Once the dish is gripped properly, step forward with your feet shoulder-width apart and facing the recipient. Both knees slightly bent to maintain balance and provide power.
Step 3. Pull the disc back
Bring the disc with your dominant hand back while transferring your center of gravity to the throwing leg so that 80% of your body weight is on that leg and the rest on the other leg. Keep your arms parallel to the ground.
Step 4. Move the disc behind the elbow
Keep pulling the disc until it is behind the thrower's elbow and facing the receiver. Bend your wrist as far as you can. When the wrist is flicked forward, the disc will rotate due to the momentum generated.
Step 5. Keep the angle of the dish at a lower angle when brought forward
The angle of the dish is approximately 10 degrees parallel to the ground. The throwing hand should remain parallel to the ground, with the other hand slightly behind you. The throwing leg should also be bent a little more.
Step 6. Throw the disc
Now, flick your wrist as the throwing arm is moved from the outside into the body (as opposed to the backhand throwing motion). The power should come from the shoulders, which flows naturally to the elbows then the wrists so that the disc rotates. Rotate your body as the disc is thrown, using the thrower's side first, followed by the shoulders. Use your non-dominant hand to maintain balance after turning your body.
- You may be tempted to turn your wrist as you are used to throwing balls from other sports. When throwing the disc, keep your palms facing the sky so that the disc remains flat when you leave your hands instead of turning it upside down. This is common with beginner forehand throwers.
- If you've ever thrown a rock into a river, the wrist motion is the same. You can think of the disc as a rock, if that helps.
Step 7. Continue
After the disc is released, try to point to the path of the throw with your hand still parallel to the ground and your palm facing the sky. The ring and little fingers are still bent. Keep looking at the receiver to make sure the disc is flying in the right direction.
Part 2 of 2: Throwing Another Forehand
Step 1. High flick throw
The method is the same as throwing a regular forehand, except that the throw is done above the shoulder, the wrist is flicked and the disc is released as the throwing hand moves up. This throw is done to pass someone or an obstacle.
Step 2. Low flick throw
Basically, this throw is a very low forehand. Lunge towards the side of the thrower, keeping the body as low as possible. Remove the disc just inches from the ground to get past the opponent's block from under his hand. Elbows should almost touch knees when the disc is thrown. This throw is good for all distances, but is a bit tricky to learn.
Step 3. Do the “pizza throw
“This throw is done to deceive the opponent. First of all, start with a regular forehand throw, but at the last moment you spin the disc counterclockwise under the thrower's arm and the disc is held only by the middle finger. Then, release the disc toward your dominant side, which will be perpendicular to the normal forehand throw.
- The learning curve of this throw is quite steep. At first you will find it difficult but diligent practice, you will get used to doing this throw.
- Try to keep the dish flat when removed. Thus the throwing accuracy will increase.
- Try not to move the throwing arm at first. Later, after you've practiced a few times, you can add arm movements to make throwing more comfortable.
- Once you get used to this throw, bring your index finger together with your middle finger for added power. Throw control will be reduced, but as you get better at it, sometimes a little accuracy can be sacrificed.
- A tighter grip will increase throwing distance, but a lighter grip is easier to learn.
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