I’ve always heard that if you teach others about something, you learn whatever it is even better. That’s why I created this site. Not only do I want to help others get better at disc golf, but I want to help myself learn every bit of this game so that I improve. To put all of this into perspective – I have played disc golf for a few years now. The last two years or so with this site writing posts and teaching has doubled or maybe tripled my disc golf knowledge.
After your rotation, use your lead foot to plant a strong step toward the basket. That foot allows you to keep yourself stable until you release your disc.
Once you rotate away from your line of sight, continue rotation by looking down and away even further. This allows you to fully rotate your hips so that you can get full power on your throws.
One way to gain power on your shots is to exercise good hip rotation. If you watch any of the pros, you will see that they all use good hip rotation to crush their shots. This tip and the next 3 are all looking more into using good technique. You can check out our technique post here.
Unless you’re specifically trying to throw a shot like a tall curving hyzer, hammer, or thumber, make sure to keep you’re throws somewhat low so that that they don’t catch too much wind.
You won’t ever perfect any of those previous shots in one round. It’s impossible. So don’t give up on those shots. I learned to love thumbers after I started and still have trouble with my forehand. But I haven’t given up on learning those shots. Every shot and every round gives me an opportunity to get better.
Taking your game to the next level includes learning new throws. Everyone knows the backhand. Most players even know the forehand. But there are other throws like thumbers, hammers, and rollers that allow you to elevate your game. Thumbers are thrown overhead with you thumb underneath the disc’s rim. A hammer is thrown the same way with your index finger underneath the disc’s rim. A roller is a disc that turns quickly and begins to roll as it hits the ground. A roller generally uses the roll for the majority of the shot’s distance. For other shot types, check out our glossary of terms here on our website.
Search your local courses and hit up google to search for clinics near you. There are also hundreds of clinics on YouTube that you can watch. The wealth of knowledge is great, but make sure you put all of that into action so that you can improve.
One great way to improve your disc golf game is to pay someone better than you to teach you the game. While I don’t recommend this at first, if you’re truly serious about the game, this is a very viable option. Disc golf pros don’t make huge salaries, so I’m sure you could talk a lesser-known pro player into teaching you for a decent hourly wage.
No matter what you plan on doing in the disc golf world, always try to have some kind of goal in mind. I’ve got a 24 month goal to thoroughly learn this sport, grow my website, and possibly build a disc golf business in the future. I would love to go pro, but that takes a ton of time and effort that I’m not sure if I want to put into the sport yet. But make sure you think about what you want and make a plan of action for yourself. Set specific short term goals and long term goals for best results. Check out our goals post, “11 Powerful Reasons Why Goals Are Important in Disc Golf.”