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First I recommend the power grip for all throws of 200 ft. or more. A 4 to 5 step run-up should be plenty and work for most tee-off areas. The angle of the run-up is important if there are trees to miss on one side or the other. Learning to cut down the angles properly can give you the least chance of hitting something early. When the first tree you need to miss is on the left side of the fairway you should be on the right side of the tee box and vice-versa. When you need to go over early trees it could be beneficial to stay back from the front line of the tee box (your allowed 3 meters). Always make sure you have a nice cleared off area for your foot to land and rotate through.

I teach all new players to learn to throw the discs from a slight hyzer bringing it up to a flat throw by their own velocity and revolution. This will keep them in control of their discs and not have their discs in control of them.

One of the biggest mistakes a new player will make is to throw a disc that is too heavy and too over stable. They will try to over-compensate for the lack of spin and technique by recklessly turning their disc over from the start with the hope of it coming back. This is the wrong way to learn to throw a disc but usually the easiest for new players to get distance. They lose a lot of accuracy this way and increase their chances of hitting trees on both sides of the fairway.

For long straight tight throws with only a 20 ft wide fairway you should start with a slight hyzer driving into the shot with enough spin and speed to bring it up to just past flat. Now the disc will glide or track ever so slightly to the right. Your disc should have only moved 4-6 ft from right to left in the first 1/3 of the flight and then track to the right 4-6 ft for the second 2/3 of the flight. This is where the new design of my golf discs comes into play.

Since some of the weight has been taken off the rim and put in the flight plate my discs will not fall off 15-20 ft. to the left as the rotation slows down. They will continue straight and only fall of slightly and maybe not at all. The preferred height of a shot like this depends on how far you can throw. A 250' throw needs to be about 15' high and increase by 1 ft. for every 10 ft. you can throw (300' = 20', 350 = 25', 400'=30, 450' = 35' 500'= 40').

To start a training routine get a stack of drivers of different weights. Figure out which weights stay the straightest for your throws of 80our max distance. Get 10-20 disc of that weight and learn to throw them straight and smooth with the technique above. Train in an open field with short grass and don't be afraid to throw lighter weight plastic (160-170 grams). I have been testing my discs for almost 2 years and I can tell you 165-gram discs go the farthest and the straightest. You will notice a difference in your accuracy right off the bat and soon will be throwing farther than you ever have before.

By David McCormack of
Throwing For Distance And Accuracy