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i think most of us do this on approaches or shots that don't require full power. if you are doing it on drives for distance, it will theoretically shave some distance off your throw. if your head isn't turning, your shoulders aren't turning. if your shoulders aren't turning you won't get a full reach back, thus decrease in distance. but, it's better to be in the fairway 75 feet away from the basket as opposed to in the s&^% or OB 50 feet away from the basket.
idk if that made any sense. can anyone else explain this better?
The problem is, every body is different. Size, flexability, strength etc... Also, techniques vary to some degree as well. Two of the lognest throwers I know can keep there head turned towards the basket, but in two completely diff. ways. One has no X-step, but has an open stance. The other one has a major run up, but he to has an open stance. Also, they are both very flexable and can rotate their shoulders and hips, but keep their head/eyes on the basket. So you might be able to obtain distance, but only practice and time will tell.
Since I can't, I do a couple of things. One I pick an object (leaf, twig, rock etc.) that is only a few feet from the teepad that is lined up on were I want the disc to go. For me it makes it much easier to line up on a close object, than at the basket or some other object further away. The other is I aim with my shoulder. So my shoulder is lined up to were I want the disc to go (there is an article in discgolfreview about this technique). It works well for me as long as my timing is correct, but that another post lol!