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I was just wondering how many people ACTUALLY use the proper x-step?? I have gone through three or four different driving techniques...the good part is I have learned proper snap and how to keep the disc flat, the bad part- I have a jacked up should because of improper follow through. So, I am just now going to use the proper x-step, to save my shoulder and my game!

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I am going to take a chance here, but I would say 99% of pros that use a run-up, use the proper x step.
I had this same problem when I first started playing which forced me to begin throwing sidearm while my arm healed so I guess it all worked out for the best. It took about three months to heal and during that time I developed a killer flick! Follow through follow follow through!
You actually answered your own question. "...use the proper x-step". It's proper because that's what everybody uses, and that's the right way to do it. That's one of the first things I try and teach a new person who's just starting. Once they get the hang of throwing from a standstill, I make sure they do the x-step for a proper run up.
if anything, it would be knees, not hamstrings, and that would only come from improper follow through of you body
Update: Over the past two weeks...utilizing a somewhat slow, deliberate x-step I have seen an improvement in my distance...at least 10 feet, also, No More Shoulder Pain after a round!!

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