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Its funny how and when ideas manifest. My wife, a writer, always seems to have epiphanies when she is taking a walk. One of the reasons she doesn't like to use an iPod or other such device is that she doesn't want the music to block her idea well. We all get bright ideas in odd places. I think I had one today... in the bathroom.

I walked in and looked at the mirror while miming a tee shot. I noticed that I have been leading with my shoulders. I think I have always done this. I have been told that I arm my shots and do not snap them. I could never figure out why I have such a short long game. I used to throw only 200-225. I took a couple lessons last year and my mechanics have improved. I normally throw about 240-260 when I use proper mechanics. This is still fairly short. I now think its pretty impressive given that I have not been using my ample hips to power through the throw. I have the old man golf game. straight and short.

I closed my eyes and went through the motion again - the old way. I was leading with my shoulder. I then tried to have my hip lead the charge like a blocking back going through the hole first and having my shoulders, like the tailback, follow through. I naturally whipped the arm through at a faster speed. This was so even though I was doing it in slow motion. I went back and re-read some of the old articles I read at discgolfreview.com and saw that feet-hips-shoulders-snap was the sequence. I mimed it a few more times. I am going to make sure the hips move first. As I open them the arm just wants to move through the plane more rapidly.

OK. I am still at work. its still a Monday. I am aching to get out and test this theory. I suspect I will yank some left and push some right as I will need to reaquaint myself with my release point. However, I suspect I will be walking longer, both left and right, to find those discs. Eventually they will be farther and again down the middle.

Now that I am getting epiphanies just like my spouse maybe I should come with her to one of her Zumba classes. That will make those hips real nimble.

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Comment by David Barish on February 19, 2009 at 8:23pm
Yeah Mike I just discovered what I was not doing. Another question remains. That is whether I can do it. I think so but I still think I can touch my toes. We'll see. I hope to play with you this year. Of course, that will mean us both playing Am Grandmaster or I will have to up my sorry game to play in your divison. Cheers.
Comment by Mike Ellery on February 19, 2009 at 6:38pm
Wow! What a unique physique David! If I could get my big hips to lead maybe I could throw futher than my grand daughter but for some reason I too have a problem training my body to cooperate.
I look forward to playing some rounds with you yet again this year! See you on the course.
Mike
Comment by Yeddie VanHalen on February 16, 2009 at 4:32pm
I wonder what a co-worker might've thought walking in on this picture? I do a lot of video & have watched myself (in horror) as I went through the throwing motions. It helps & hurts as I see that I throw nothing like a professional. But I'm am wathcing a bunch of pro DVD's & trying to mimick the routines I see. Dan Beato's films have helped a bunch! Thanks DB
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on February 16, 2009 at 4:28pm
You're lucky that Senator Larry Craig wasn't in that restroom with you ;-) you dancing around in there might've given him some ideas.

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