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By: Danny Lindahl With Physics of Flight 1, let’s discuss backhand technique for beginners all the way up to advanced throwers. I try to focus on talking practically about what needs to happen at a certain time. Lots of teachers use things like drills or sayings like “it’s like starting a lawnmower” to describe what’s happening, but I like to focus on literally what’s happening. For people with a sports background, using drills is much easier, because they’re used to being coached and using their body to its maximum mechanical advantage. But for people like me who never played sports besides disc golf, it’s a lot easier to see what’s happening if you know literally what’s supposed to be happening. Physics of Flight is the culmination of pretty much everything I know about backhand form in one series.

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Bad x-Step vs. Good X-step First, let’s talk about pace and footwork. It is easy to get excited while throwing and move too quickly through the shot, and it’s a very common mistake that makes all the difference when fixed. With too much speed, it’s not possible for most of us to stop that forward momentum, and we end up just trying to throw while running really fast. If we slow down, we can stay balanced and use our lower body much more effectively. One of the biggest mistakes I see while moving too fast is turning the left foot backwards during the x-step (assuming the thrower is right handed). This comes from moving too fast and using that backwards foot to catch themselves as they try to x-step and throw while moving so fast. Turning the left foot backwards puts all of the thrower’s weight over their heel, and they can’t effectively push off their back leg. If they slow down, they’re able to set that back foot down on their toe, push off that to drive their hips, and power the shot. Most people who try to push off their toe instead of their heel instantly feel the difference and start to work towards that rather than moving as fast as they can. That’s just the first section for footwork though; there’s much more to cover as the series goes on!

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