I watched some YouTube tutorials recently to try to figure out why I am not getting enough snap. I assume/conclude I am not getting enough snap because near as I can tell my body mechanics are pretty solid, and because I can throw an ultimate disc just about as far as pretty much anyone you want to mention, so I know how to snap those just fine.
Also, I’ve been having some trouble with my right knee, stemming from an ultimate injury two summers ago, and so I want to make my run up as gentle and natural as I can.
So, I’ve made some changes to my wrist position during my drives, and I wanted to focus on keeping my arm on-line after seeing how badly I was arching it in that previous video.
Here’s the twelfth link at TC Jester from the short tee, about 300 feet.
Still not great arm motion, but better. There was a lot of wind and as soon as the disc cleared the tree line on the right side, the wind pushed it down early, but it was still reachable for deuce. Sadly, wind coming in around the left tree line pushed my putt up and over, so I ended up with a three.
After having seen this video and thinking about it a great deal more, I got things pretty well dialed in. Here’s number sixteen. Again, short tee, roughly 300 feet.
In this direction the wind produced more glide and drove the disc more or less right to the pole for a drop in deuce. As you can see the arm motion is better, but still not perfect. Between sixteen and seventeen actually stood there, rocking back and forth until I realized that it is the rotation of my hips backwards which pulls my arm up and then driving them back through which rocks it down through that arching motion. I spent the rest of the round battling trees which required awkward lines, but I’ll try to put my attention exclusively on this point starting today.
Just to give you a real sense of how bad the wind was, here’s number eighteen, short tee, roughly 400 feet.
As you can see, the wind got up under that almost instantly despite my awkward attempt to keep the throw unusually low.
On an only semi-related note, it was so great to see that the cedar trees weren’t as dead as I thought they were last Autumn/Winter.
How gorgeous is that?