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Power and control with backhand starts with proper footwork. Learn the X-step and then learn how to come straight through with your arm and keep it low. A lot of problems (like the disc going straight up in the air and turning left) are caused because the body isn't set up in the right position. The X-step sets the body up so that you will get power with your drive. Watch a good video or ask someone for assistance with the footwork. It's not that hard and makes all of the difference in the world. Once the lower body does the right thing all that the upper body has to do is pull the disc straight through.
I hear you, I play at 6:30 as many mornings as I can during the week. There isn't usually anybody out then. Cracks me up, 12 million people live here in Socal and most mornings I have the park to myself.
Open field work,set your bag as target and shoot.Frustration will be when you're throwing on fairways that are boardered with trees.I throw backhand mostly since my wrist is shot/arthritic.Throw a mixed bag.
ABCDisc Flying Squirrel,Innova Mosquito.
Check out Vibram discs/web site.Vids with each disc.
Good luck,welcome to the addiction.
If it is at all possible, attend one of Mr. Ellis's clinic's. He throws forehand all the time, and is doing some sort of clinic pretty soon. (there was a thread on here the other day.)
found the thread, if you can.....go there....
When I throw a forehand/ sidearm I throw my katana which hooks alot but i play the hook so shoot to the left of where you want it to go and i use a one finger tomahawk kind of grip and just flick it it makes my friends mad when they backhand power off the tee and with a flick i out drive them....try different things buddy if you want something very stable the eagle is the best disc in my bag for beginning and i primarily shoot backhand
I have a general rule, but by no means is it hard and fast: If my disc needs to turn left, I throw backhand. Conversely, if it needs to turn right, I throw forehand. Therefore, my primary forehand discs are all super-overstable molds (a few Flicks in varied degrees of beatedupedness, Nuke OS, Speed Demon, Spirit) so I KNOW they will go right and not turn over. But they require a TON of snap on an anny angle. That isn't to say that a turnover forehand with a Wraith, Teebird, or Predator doesn't have value, its just less predicable.
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