Thoughtful Thursdays 4/14/22: Develop your OWN form and perfect it

This week’s tip: 

Develop your OWN form and perfect it!

Think of your disc golf form like a zebra’s stripes, it is completely unique. While referring to how to grip a disc, Nate Sexton will describe that a particular mold will all be shaped the same, but our hands are all different. While we can look at how someone else’s power grip looks and shapes around the disc, we may have to modify this for ourselves.

Let’s translate this idea to our overall form. Who has the best disc golf form? Paul McBeth, Paige Pierce, Disc Store Nate, or someone else? There may be no right answer, but I can guarantee that no one has the exact same body type or physical abilities. So, while we can model our form after whoever we perceive to be the best, or emulate certain parts, it will never be identical. The exciting opposition to this is that no one can have the same form as you either. Embrace the fact that you are uniquely you. This is where this week's tip is inspired from. Develop your OWN form, and perfect it!

Certain points of the throwing motion have become accepted and widely regarded as necessary to a consistent and repeatable form: the X-step, getting your throwing arm and elbow to the “power pocket”, bracing and harnessing the stored energy with your leading plant leg. These are all useful and accurate guides. Despite anyone’s attempt to tell you otherwise, there is no one right way to throw a disc. 

Adam Hammes has perfected his rounding form, which is commonly thought of as a wrong and inconsistent throwing form. Catrina Allen has won 2 World Championships and countless tournaments rarely allowing her entire body to follow through after a power shot. Calvin Heimburg does not extend his arm all of the ways during his reach back, yet he is one of the farthest and straightest throwers on tour. These are some examples of players at the top level that have perfected their own unique forms. If you can maintain a consistent and repeatable form that is comfortable to you, commit to it. We are constantly manipulating and making changes to our form to improve our game, as we should, but do not change your form, or even playing style, simply because it is different. Celebrate your own form! Fine-tune it to perfection.

Get outside and play some disc golf this week! Let me know about the parts of your form that you are happy with and the ones that you are working to improve upon.

Morgan Leonard

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Team Disc Store