Improving your throwing distance in ultimate frisbee involves a combination of technique, strength, and practice. Here are some key tips to help you throw farther:


  1. Proper Grip: Make sure you have a firm grip on the frisbee. For a backhand throw, your fingers should be underneath the disc with your thumb on top. For a forehand (or flick) throw, the frisbee should be pinched between your thumb and forefinger, with your other fingers resting underneath for support.
  2. Stance and Footwork: Your stance is crucial for power. For a backhand, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your lead foot pointing towards your target. For a forehand, your feet should be in a similar position but you may find a slight pivot helps with power.
  3. Body Mechanics: Use your entire body, not just your arm. This means engaging your core, rotating your hips, and using your legs to generate power. Think of the throw as a coordinated movement starting from your feet and moving up through your body.
  4. Arm Motion: For a backhand, extend your arm fully and snap your wrist at the end of the throw. For a forehand, the motion is more about flicking your wrist while keeping your arm relatively straight.
  5. Release Point: Releasing the frisbee at the right time is critical. You want to release it when your arm is fully extended (for a backhand) or when your wrist has flicked fully (for a forehand).

One of the most important parts when doing this is the body mechanics. If you are just using your arm to throw you wont get nearly as much power.

1. Legs and Footwork

  • Foundation: Your legs provide the foundation for a powerful throw. Strong, stable legs and good footwork set the stage for the rest of the body’s movements.
  • Weight Transfer: During a throw, there’s a transfer of weight from the back leg to the front leg. This movement helps generate momentum, which is crucial for a powerful throw.
  • Knee Bend: Slightly bending your knees can add spring and flexibility, allowing for a more dynamic and powerful motion.

2. Hips and Core

  • Rotation: The hips play a vital role in generating torque. As you begin your throw, your hips should rotate, leading the movement and helping to transfer energy from your lower body to your upper body.
  • Core Engagement: Your core muscles, including your abdominals, obliques, and lower back, should be engaged throughout the throw. A strong core helps maintain balance and provides a solid axis for your body to rotate around.

    3. Arms and Wrist

    • Arm Motion: Your throwing arm should move in a smooth, fluid motion. The motion differs between backhand and forehand throws, but in both cases, the arm should work in harmony with the rest of the body.
    • Wrist Snap: The wrist plays a key role, especially in forehand throws. A strong, quick snap of the wrist at the point of release can add significant speed and spin to the frisbee.

    4. Overall Coordination

    • Sequencing: The motion should be sequential – starting from the legs, moving up through the hips and torso, then to the shoulders, and finally the arm and wrist.
    • Smooth Transition: There should be a smooth transition between each phase of the throw. Jerky movements or a lack of coordination can reduce power and accuracy.

    Like anything else in ultimate frisbee learning to throw far can take a lot of practice and effort. Throwing far accurately may not come easily but with a lot of practice and effort you can be able to learn this important skill.

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