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When you're in the woods and needing to aim...


How do you aim?


Do you just look and throw?

Point certain body parts at certain things or the basket?


second part:


Can you throw a beeline for the basket on this hole with a forehand?

How do you take the right and left out of the disc and throw it on a rope up the middle?

Where's the stress point or main muscle that you concentrate on?


This hole is 270 ft. 


(Cottage Grove, OR)




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how far is the basket from the tee?
It's 270ft.
I'd try aim for the tree to the right, the one that the person looks like they're standing next to, and throw my flattop roc or try a roller and hope there's no roots in the way. In reality though, I'd prolly eat the hell out of the trees and take a 4 or 5. I know how my luck goes.
Me too sometimes, but sometimes I get an accurate shot...

I think I need the absolute basics about aiming.
Aim where the dude is!!!! Take my putter and let it fling!!!!!!!!!!MAybe my KC pro roc!!!!!
I throw forehand so aiming is comparatively easy. I can see the line as I release it. Backhand is much trickier because you aim with a combination of your mind's eye, your shoulder and your peripheral vision.

Shots like the one pictured show that control is much more important than power.

To make this shot you need to do two things: Hit the line and throw a disc so that it flies straight. Each of those tasks is difficult. To do them together is harder. Practice is the answer. Lots of practice. Lots of the right kind of practice.

Most players, if they practice at all, go out to an open field and throw as hard as they can. That kind of practice does nothing to help you when you walk up to this hole. You need to practice hitting tunnels. Practice at different speeds and with different lines (because tunnels bend).

So walk out to this hole early in the morning when the course is empty. Drop a mini at 100 feet away from the basket, another at 150' away, another at 200' away and finally use the tee pad as your final spot. Start at the closest spot and with a stack of discs throw at the basket. Pick them up and do it again. And again. Until you can hit the line consistently and park the basket. Then move back to the next spot and learn that line. As you move farther away from the basket you may need to change discs (from putters to mids or mids to drivers). You need to learn which discs work best on which lines and which distances.

If you spent an hour on this hole at a time and did it three times in a week your ability to hit the line at each of the distances would vastly improve and with it your overall ability to hit tight lines at different speeds.

You, of course, do not need to use a hole on a course to practice tunnels. Any mowed area with lots of trees (and no people around) will do. Pick trees as mandos and throw at your bag for a target. Or better yet, play catch with a buddy picking lines to navigate.
A basic concept for "stand & deliver" throws is to line up your heels in the direction you plan to throw a backhand. That way, if you are pulling across your chest in a straight line, your arm and hand will continue to consistently uncurl and release toward your chosen direction throw after throw.
I utilize a alignment technique from my ball golf game--the intermediate target method. look at my intended line and create an intermediate target--maybe a leaf or twig--or perhaps I make a mark in the dirt with my foot just a few feet out from the tee or your lie--line up the intermediate target with your intended line and try to hit it--it will make you think about your line and where to start it...there are a lot of other variables that can affect it (stability of the disc, wind, obstructions, release angle, etc.) but this is a start.
My approach would be forehanding it with enough anhyzer that it would curve around the tree and flatten out once its around it. This shot is also easier to achieve with less power as the s-curve will be more exaggerated and curve better.
Speaking for the lefites that live in my body: I am thinking a light hyzer around the left hand side of the first tree.

The other is to go as straight as possiable, I would aim to the left a little and throw a Buzzz and take a solid three.

Reality: I would hit the first tree and take a 6.
As always, great advice.
I pick a spot somewhere between a third and half the way to the hole to aim at. I then do a one or two phantom throws from run up to release to make sure that I have my line. I would use a semi beat Z Buzzz or my X Comet to lace the drive. I like the idea that Mark has for throwing from different spots.

Sometimes I'll just walk out in the woods randomly and try to find some semblance of a fairway and just throw it with my straight discs just for practice.

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