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This post will take you through all the throws you need to know in Disc Golf. Before you even think about acing the bucket you have to know the best way to get to there, and that of course is dictated by where your previous shot landed and what’s in front of you. Which is dependent on course design, tactics and weather conditions.
But first things first, let’s get to all the throws that will take you from Point A – the teepad, to Point B – the basket.
This piece will focus on the throws you can use in this game. If you are new to disc golf you’ll learn the names of the throws and there’ll be a description of each shot type, and how of course, to execute them.
I’ll provide a breakdown of what each of these shots mean, but if you want even more details I have more detailed analysis of each of the shot types on this blog.
Shot 1 – Backhand – The numero uno shot you will use in this golf. It is the most natural and powerful shot you can make. It’s exciting and comes natural to most players. The game has some great forehand players, but the majority of us are forearm dominant players. Assuming you are a right handed backhand thrower (RHBH) this is how it goes.
To perform a backhand throw in disc golf, follow these steps:
The above backhand does not include a run-up, but the same principal applies during a run up.
Shot 2 – Forehand – The second most popular throw. Again this is from the point of view of a right handed player. Forehands are also known as sidearms or flicks, as they rely on much more of a wrist flick as a backhand. This is a RHFH (right handed forehand shot).
Shot 3 – Hyzer or Hyzer Flip – This is from the point of view of a RHBH thrower.
For a RHBH thrower, a hyzer is a throw in which the top of the disc is tilted away from the thrower. This causes the disc to turn to the left almost as soon as it is released.
A hyzer shot in disc golf is a type of throw where the disc is thrown at an angle such that the leading edge of the disc tilts away from you as you throw. This causes the disc to initially fly to the left (for a right-handed backhand throw) or to the right (for a left-handed backhand throw) before it eventually turns over and flies towards the target.
A throw that curves the way opposite that of the throwing arm, i.e. left for a right-hand player or right for a left-hand player.
So why would you use a hyzer flip? When you want to throw long distance and you want the disc to fly straight for the longest possible time. If you were to release an understable disc with a flat release it will move over to the right and you will lose distance on your throw.
Fairway drivers will generally fly straighter than control drivers.
So if you where to hyzer flip an understable distance driver lets look at what will happen.
[If you want to make an overstable disc fly the furthest you have to put it on an anhyzer release. It’s all explained here.]
Some discs are more understable than others and if that’s so your disc will keep tuning (turn over) and keep going that way until it lands. If this happens grab another disc or put more hyzer angle on it, point it down a bit more than the previous throw, find the angle that is comfortable for you. Don’t go as extreme as 90 degrees.
If you have a disc that’s too overstable naturally its going to finish way left of the target.
For more accuracy on hyzer flips – Disc down to a fairway driver for much straighter tunnel shots.
Good Understable Hyzer flips disc to try
Shot 4 – Anhyzer – An Anhzer or Anny as it’s affectionally known as, will curve towards the same direction as the throwing arm, so for righties it will go right, and for lefties it’s gonna go left. And how exactly is an anhyzer performed? If you are to throw a RHBH then hold the disc so the nose is titled upwards and facing you.
Like with a hyzer, an anny does not describe a discs flight characteristics, but the angle of release.
Here’s how it goes with a RHBH shot
Shot 5 – S Shot
For an S-Shot, it works best with an understable disc. After a RHBH throw is released flat the disc will turn to the right. As the goes into the end it makes its way to the left. So if you look at the flight from above it will make a nice S Shaped curve. It can also be done on a hyzer line.
Here’s how it’s done.