This next poll kind of goes out to the more avid golfers. Maybe not so much to the casual golfers who go whenever, but the ones who play on a regular basis.
Maybe you’re the one who plays in a weekly group. Or in leagues. Or every chance you get. You’ll be the ones I’m talking to.
We had asked what your main throwing form is and the result, in my eyes, was not shocking.
Of the 129 players who gave an opinion, 82 percent — or 106 people — voted backhand. That was followed by sidearm (14 percent/18 votes) and then overhand (4 percent/5 votes).
To be honest, when I put this poll up, that was the kind of response I expected as it’s like a lefty in ball golf — it seems so rare when you see it. I know a few people who are mainly sidearm, but for the most part, the majority of people I know or have seen are backhand.
Maybe a few years down the line, as the game grows, this could change. But for now, the backhanders have it.
Let’s see what a few players had to say:
Kevin King said:
I throw pretty much exclusively backhand. Each year, I tell myself “this season, I’m going to develop a flick” and then never do, for whatever reason. It’s funny too, because I grew up playing baseball for like 12 years, but can’t figure out a forearm shot. My shoulder somehow can’t move like that anymore.
As someone who still plays softball, I can say that I’m attempting to do it well. But even with the activeness in softball, if I throw too many side or overhand shots, my arm goes nuts.
Jeremy G said:
I go with the backhand MOST of the time. My anhyzer throws on longer shots (especially in the woods) are pretty unpredictable though and that’s when I go with the forehand. So to sum it up, I usually let the course dictate how I throw.
That is probably the best way, but that was the point of this poll — to see what one threw most of the time. I think most would say that they do different things in different situations. But if the conditions are perfect …
I started with sidearm because I had better distance than backhand. By the end of the second season I started reading throwing techniques. I switch to backhand with more distance and better accuracy. My side-arm shots still have a habit of being too low or high.
That’s interesting to see that someone went from a sidearm release to a backhand. It’s good that you found what you needed though!
Kyle New shared:
I’m a backhand dominant player, my brother is a sidearm dominant player. We started at the same time, I found more videos on how to excel in backhand. He just liked sidearm better.
That’s pretty cool that you each started at the same time and each found your own “style.”
Since I played baseball through high school, when I was introduced to disc golf my freshman year of college (grad student now) I found forehand a much more natural and comfortable motion than backhand. I always got much better distance and accuracy throwing forehand, and only ever threw backhand for approaches/putts. This past summer I decided to really try and learn to throw backhand, and it has been a great experience. Being able to throw both ways effectively is a great feeling.
That’s why I want to develop a good overhand/forehand shot. It’s a natural motion for me. It’s nice to be able to do both shots well!
It’s definitely fun to watch people throw differently and see what’s out there. One thing I’ve figured is it’s best to find that comfort zone and go with it.
Now, on to this week’s poll.
I’m curious about breaks. Talking recently with someone, I realized I haven’t played a real round — tournament or casual — in a good three or four months. It’s just tough when you don’t have a course close and have so many other things going on.
I’ve talked to other players who have noted longer or shorter breaks, for whatever reason. It got me wondering what the longest break people have taken from the game, for whatever the reason.
So let us know what your longest break has been. And feel free to elaborate in the comments section. Maybe it was an injury or a move or something else came up. I’m interested to see what people say.
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