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By Blake Takkunen of DiscGolfReview
While most players are familiar with nose angles and hyzer angles, they often fail to make the connection between the two. The purpose of this article is to outline their dependence and how that affects the disc's flight. I will also try to dispel some common myths of angles and their effects on disc behavior. While many players may find this article overly basic, I'm hoping that it will also benefit some players by helping them add some shots to their repertoire.


I. Covering the Basics

To start this article, I will define the terminology that I will be working with.
*all definitions targeted at right-handed back-hand throwers*

 

 

 



 

 


For sweeping hyzers, you will want the disc to fly nose up. The nose up orientation on these throws is to the right of center. Similarly, the amount of hyzer angle, power, disc stability, and wrist roll will affect disc flight. For example, a knife hyzer will require a steep hyzer angle with a lot of power, an overstable disc, and a wrist roll under. I have sketched out the flight paths of several types of sweeping hyzers that you may find useful.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Do keep in mind that you can make each of these types of throws easier to accomplish by altering the direction of your footwork. If you start at the back right of the teebox and finish at the front left (while keeping your throwing shoulder pointed at your target), this will close your stance a bit and make hyzer flip shots easier. If you start at the back left of the teebox and finish at the front right, this will open your stance and make sweeping hyzers easier. A gentle hyzer or a flattened hyzer out to the right may not require a significant footwork change.

The best advice I can give in regards to mastering angle manipulation is to practice and do not be afraid to experiment with different combinations. You may be surprised what types of shots you may find that will help your game in the long run.

Understanding Nose Angles And Trajectories