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Long time no talk.. I've been crazy busy for the last couple of months, and I apologize. I've been juggling running my familys tournaments back in the beginning of the month, taking Finance and Economics classes as well as trying to keep my disc golf game on point out there on the Tour.
I've gotten a couple questions from some ladies on my page about some Driving problems..
Lisa asks a question regarding the ERS (early release syndrome). We've all been through it one time or another, and sometimes you're on a course that won't be forgiving. How do you fix it? Well, first off, Hold on to that sucker! Make sure your grip is firm and tight on the disc and make sure it is not just flinging out at its own free will. You have control of it so keep it securely in your hand. Next thing, I sometimes experience ERS mostly when its raining or my hands are all sweaty (gross.. I know.. It happens). Avery once told me to also keep my thumb tightly on the top of the disc. Just think, you've got all the fingers securely on the bottom, but it's only your thumb holding ground on top. So also make sure that your thumb is securely in place on the disc.
The next part of this question can do double duty by also answering a question asked by Shawna:
Once you get that grip securely on there, you've got to get your throw back in line. Focus on your arm speed. I sometimes find myself just using a constant arm speed through my throw, and tend to lose momentum when I release. This causes me to miss my line because there is no "pop" that forces me to throw at the target. Try working your arm speed up throughout your throw. This helps build up the momentum in your throw, and produce more spin and snap on that disc. As a result your disc will be able to carry and cut through the air and increase your distance.
So instead of super power driving it all the way through your shot, slow it down, and work up to the release. In terms of percentages, start at at full reach back start at 50%.... and keep increasing your arm speed until your reach your max of 100% to rip that disc into the distance.
If that doesn't make sense, just think of your arm as a whip. The only way that whip cracks is when the end of the whip reaches maximum speed. So use that whip of an arm and LETTER RIIIPPP!
Check out some videos of the top ladies groups throwing to get even more tips. Also, try videoing yourself to see where you can improve to mimick our techniques.
Hope that helps guys! Keep the questions coming!
Last updated by Val Jenkins Jul 30, 2009.