The Sport Of Canine Disc Is One-Half Human
For those of you who play canine disc or disc dog, there may be something that gets you annoyed more than anything else – throwing the disc. Yes, the human part of the sport is just as important as what the dog does.
If you are thinking about competition or earning titles in the sport, the throw becomes even more important. You will need to learn some disc handling techniques aside from simply throwing the disc straight. There are even different hand grips that you can use to direct the disc in different ways. It can get really fun.
In this post, I am discussing HOW exactly to throw a short disc correctly so that you can have an improved disc game with any disc dog.
Holding The Disc
Holding the disc properly will be slightly different for everyone although there will be more similarities than differences. For a regular throw, the thumb goes on top the index finger is placed against the edge of the disc – more or less – and the rest of the fingers are curled under the disc in a fan like arrangement.
Obviously, you will want to adjust this for your own hand and what feels good, but in order to get a good loft of the disc, this is the basic finger formation. This is how to hold the disc to get the best control.
Even More Important
More important than the grip is the next part of your arm – the wrist. You must keep your wrist flexing as I call it, or use a FLICKING motion. A tight wrist will not work. In fact if you are not trying to get too much distance, a flexing wrist is the one thing that will cause the disc to fly through the air.
Practice throwing the disc with just your wrist. You will find as you get better, you will be able to get a good distance with just the wrist. The wrist flick is what gives you directional control on the disc.
The main thing here is that you wrist must not be floppy. You want it to flick by starting in a bend towards you and then STOP when you let go of the disc when you hand is in line with your arm. It will be a quick stop. This helps spin the disc.
In order to get more distance you need to use your arm to some degree. But until you can correctly use the grip and the wrist flick to get straight throws, it might be wise to keep the distances short. This way you can get really confident about how you are throwing.
Once you feel good about how you are doing short throws, start using the strength of your arm to push the disc farther away from you. Likely you will start to throw more to the left or the right when you put more arm into it. You will only be able to correct this when you have done many distance throws and see how they are turing out. Start with say 20 feet and increase from there. Trying to really wing the disc can create throwing issues so learn the basics first and then go from there.
When you start to increase distance using a target can help you to focus. Sometimes a distance throw can get out of control so a target can help develop more steadiness.
If you want to see how to start out with throwing a disc, check out my instructional video below. It’s short and simple, starting with short throws. I’ll be other videos on throwing long discs soon.
If you have a canine disc question or a story about your disc throwing leave me a comment at the bottom of this post. I’d love to hear your stories.