How To Throw A Flex Shot Without The Frustration

Do you flex? If not you are going to need to. The Flex shot has to be in your locker, it’s not a case if you’re gonna need it, but when you are going to need it. If you are avoiding it, sooner or later it will force its hand on you. Or you could just bury your head in the sand and throw an anny or flat shot and watch your Roc bounce of 50 trees. I’d pay to watch it.

The flex shot is an excellent place to start if you are an intermediate to advanced player trying to improve your performance. You can consistently produce some great shot shapes by having the flex shot in your disc golf gameplan. The shot might even lengthen your drives if it is thrown properly.

The hyzerflip can extend the flight of an understable disc. Release it at a hyzer angle, as oppossed to the flex shot where you put it on an anhyzer angle to increase your distance. The flex can also help you maintain flight accuracy when the weather is challenging.

If you are a beginner, this is a complicated shot, so you might want to wait to try it. But if you are the adventurous type you should try it anyway, you can always go back to it later if its too difficult.


Why is it called a Flex Shot ?

You need an overstable disc and an anhyzer angle to execute a flex shot. Using this combination, this causes the disc to come out of your hand turning and once it reaches a certain point it flexes back the other way.

If you are a RHBH player this is what happens:

The disc will turn to the right as it leaves your hand before coming back to the left after the disc’s stability takes over.

This shot is sometimes referred to as an anhyzer flex shot by pro level professionals. Basically you are using the discs overstability to ensure it finishes back on the left side after starting on the right, assuming you are throwing a RHBH shot.


How To Flex

Go grab/buy/borrow an understable disc. The disc will battle the anhyzer release and come back because of its stability. Choose a disc with a medium to high amount of fade. It will flex back as a result at the end of the flight.

Release the disc quickly and forcefully. The success of the flex shot depends on producing enough force. If you are a more inexperienced player, avoid using the flex shot. There are simpler options available, such as the s-shot.

When releasing the disc, keep the nose down. The disc will probably stall in the air and fall if it is released with the nose up. You must precisely align the anhyzer angle. The disc will probably wind up in a cut roll if there is too much anhyzer.

The height of the throw affects the flex shot’s distance and shape. The disc will spend more time in the air and fade farther if it is higher. Practice makes perfect, It’ll take time to perfect.

Don’t make the mistake of simply picking up your most overstable disc and throwing it on a really extreme anhyzer. You can lose a lot of distance and accuracy like this.

A flex shot will lose distance and hyzer out too early if it is thrown with the nose up.

It could be wise to dedicate several field sessions to perfecting this shot. Rely on your disc. Put your confidence in your overstable disc to flex back if you have developed and perfected this shot.

For details on how to forehand flex go here.


Real Life Game Situation To Do Flex Shots

In disc golf, there are primarily two possibilities for a flex shot. Shot shaping is the initial step. Throwing farther is the second step.

If you need to shot shape, the flex shot is ideal if you want your disc to make a sharp right turn to escape one obstacle and then quickly make a left turn to avoid another. If you pla a lot of wooded courses the flex shop is essential to learn.

Throwing further – An overstable disc will fly straight and then hyzer out if you throw it with a flat release, but if you add an anhyzer release, it will bend and glide a lot longer. Finding the sweet of how high to throw will make it even better. Throw too high and you’ll lose distance. Too low and it’ll drop to the ground quicker.

Now you are probably getting to see why a flex shot is so good in the woods.


Keep It Short

Distance isn’t the only reason for flexing. The overstability of an approach disc can be exploited to manage ground play and distance in the short game. Your approaches and upshots can be controlled with good accuracy with flex shots. These discs will flex out and not glide past the target if you throw with a touch of anhyzer on the backhand.


Or maybe it’s the S-shot?

So many people confuse the terms “flex shot” and “S-shot,” or even use them interchangeably, and this adds to even more confusion. There are just a few basic differences in disc stability and angle of release.

The flex shot, which we discussed before, involves taking an understable disc and forcing it to turn and then return by releasing it on an anhyzer [with a s-shot you release it flat]. An understable disc is the weapon of choice for a flex shot.

When the disc reaches the conclusion of its flight, it will turn naturally before fading back.

The S-shot capitalises on the disc’s inherent stability, but the flex shot works against it.

The skill level of expertise needed to pull off each shot is another distinction between the two. Since it’s simpler to execute, the S-shot is ideal for a beginner. It’s a fantastic and simple method for lengthening your throw.

This throw’s biggest flaw is that it isn’t as predictable as others. Due to the stability of the disc being used, the flex shot is more difficult to execute correctly but more reliable.

The disc flight path is the only thing these two shots have in common. It would be quite challenging to tell which disc golfer was throwing an S-shot and which was a flex shot if you were in a helicopter and looking down on a bunch of disc golfers.


Flex Shot Recap

The flex shot is important to master even though it is not advised for beginner players. It’s a fantastic choice for increasing your drive’s length and navigating a hole surrounded by trees.

The flex shot is often the only option to get the disc towards the hole, but this isn’t always the case. My shotmaking has been expanded, and I’ve been able to score, by adding more flex strokes, particularly on the forehand side. Even though I still occasionally throw a hyzer or hyzerflip, mastering the flex shot is crucial.  You will need it, especially when obstacles are in your way.

Just keep at it if you don’t succeed the first time. With patience and practise, it will come. If you’ve never tried a flex shot, grab some understable discs and go out and practise in the field. Crank those discs out and get flexing.




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