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I've been trying to get my girlfriend to throw straight and consistent.  She has problems grip locking and throwing the disc 90 degrees left, she has even thrown it behind herself.  I bought a couple of rattlers thinking that would help, but she has issues with that disc sometimes as well.

 

What is your opinion on using catch discs to help with form, technique, and the smooth fluidity of throw and how well do you think it'll transfer to throwing discs?  I've pretty much killed her bag of any drivers and all she has now is Rocs, Buzzzs, Comets, FLX Challengers, and Glides...and of course putters.

 

I was hoping to get some catch discs even if it doesn’t seem to help her.  I’ve seen sooooo many on the market and have no idea what to get, what are you favorite(s) and the most popular.  Also, any tips or differences with ultimate discs?

 

Tags: Catch, discs, ultimate

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Zephyr

okay I throw forehand before I got a zephyr 300-350. I was pretty good at that.

Backhand I threw some mids that way but it was more a desperation shot for me. I played a tourney last weekend and won the whole thing. the reason was my backhand. I had been practicing my backhand with a zephyr a lot the past couple weeks. I threw 8 backhand to 10 forehand. It was usually 17-1. I shot a 51 and won my division. I went from going 200- 250 on a good throw to pushing out there to my backhand if not further on a good throw. I am still inconsistent but if I throw a good I am happy.
How many grams are they? I still use 150g to practice, because imo. It tends to highlight my throwing flaws. Maybe have her try a 150 roc or Teebird?
she has both actually, I just wanted something that we just throw back and forth all the time without having to go get discs or buy 50 of the sames ones. This way we can volley back and forth and constantly correct when we throw.
I will second the Zephyr. I don't have much experience throwing/comparing catch discs, but I have a heavy Zephyr that I love to play catch with. And, as it is PDGA approved, it's great for golf too! It's significantly more stable than most ultimate discs, which allows it to hold a very straight line when thrown with a bit more speed. And yes, its nice not having to walk back and forth so many times...
If you're looking for an actual catch disc, the good old fashioned Frisbee Ultimate Disc, or a Discraft Ultrastar won't let you down. Both throw well, great for Ultimate. I have a friend who swears by the Patagonia Recycled flyer as well.
I'm taking a disc golf class at my college taught by some local pros and the very first thing we actually did and still do at the start of every class is play catch. A 150 Aviar from about 30 feet is a good place to start. When she is able to hit your chest with just about every throw, back up ten feet and wait until she hits your chest a lot again. Back up ten more feet and start on "bending" the shots. Teach her hyzer and anhyzer shots as well as the elevator shot and throw them yourself until you are both really accurate. Back up again and repeat... When you are both out to 100' or so, switch to a 150 midrange and keep going.

When she is really comfortable with the throwing of these discs, you can introduce heavier discs as well as driving techniques. One of the things I learned from experience is that it is harder to learn if you start with heavier discs.
Gotcha, heck why not just use your putters? I play warm up catch with my putter.
I second the putter notion!

I throw catch with my aviars all the time to work on bending shots for approaches. I think a Rattler will be counter-effective because it wont teach proper grip or wrist motion....just my opinion
Thanks for the heads up Chris, I'll take a look at your suggestions and others, maybe i'll just get all of them and see how they fair. Plus, it'll be nice to have one that is PDGA approved to break out during tourneys :P
That was my thought in the beginning as it seems that it might counterproductive as it is not the same disc. I had a theory in my mind that throwing a catch disc would help her from a "pure throw" stand point and also on upshots as the throw seems to feel the same to me. Looking back on it now, the hand positioning and release angles might throw her off as she is too new for it to make a good difference. I still think that everybody should be able to throw and know how to throw a Rattler, that disc has done some amazing things for me. Thanks for all your input gents!
Try a Discraft sky-pro 125g. Smaller than an ultimate, feels more like a disc golf disc.
Grap some 150 class drivers and go to a field. Remember that smooth is far. Have her practice throwing backhands moving very slow until muscle memory takes over. After she is comfortable throwing slow, even, smooth shots then you can pick up the speed and strength she is throwing with. In practice it doesn't matter how far the disc is going, so don't assume this wont work if the discs aren't sailing. This takes time and dedication to the sport.

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