Are you looking to improve your disc golf forehand? If so, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will discuss seven disc golf forehand tips that will help you become a better player. We’ll go over the basics of the forehand throw, as well as some more advanced techniques.
The forehand is a difficult shot to master and I know a lot of players struggle with it more than the backhand. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and determination to master, but hopefully these tips will help you to learn and improve much quicker.
If you’re ready to take your game to the next level, keep reading!
Importance of the Forehand Throw
From my experience, most courses have the majority of holes favoring a backhand drive. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not important to have a consistent sidearm throw. Improving your forehand will help round out your game and open up a variety of shots and lines that you wouldn’t have without it.
More Shot Variety Means More Options While Playing
You and I are both aware of how bizarre disc golf courses can be. Some are dogleg right, dogleg left, through trees, across the water, and anything in between. As a result, the shots you may have to take to get to the basket may be quite extreme.
That being said, being able to throw a forehand gives you more options while playing. For example, if you found your disc and a backhand shot isn’t possible, or you prefer your chances with a forehand throw, you’ve just expanded your options.
This is especially true if you find yourself throwing from the rough or needed to work around a mandatory sign.
It’s Essential For Becoming a Well-Rounded Disc Golfer
Having a great forehand shot is just one of the many requirements for becoming a well-rounded disc golfer. If you look at all the top disc golfers, you’ll notice a pattern. They understand the game and can execute all the throws at a professional level. A pro may be weaker or stronger in one area, but they will always be able to demonstrate any aspect of disc golf proficiently.
Many disc golfers prefer the backhand shot, and even get comfortable with turnover shots to avoid flicking the disc. I still recommend learning a decent forehand just to have it as a backup option even if it’s not your preferred throw!
Tips for a Better Forehand Throw
1 – Focus on Your Grip
The grip is one of the most important aspects of a successful forehand throw. There are two types of grips that you can use for your forehand: the power grip and the fan grip. The power grip is when you hold the disc in your palm with your fingers wrapped around the edge. The fan grip is when you hold the disc like a Frisbee, with your thumb and index finger on either side of the disc. Experiment with both grips and see which one feels more comfortable for you.
2 – Improve Your Stance
Another important factor in a successful forehand throw is your stance. Right-handed players should place their left foot forward and their right foot back. You should stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and balanced on both feet. Ask a friend or practice in front of a mirror if you’re unsure where to stand. Your stance plays a big role in the success of your disc golf forehand.
If you’re not in a good stance, it will be difficult to generate power and accuracy. Be sure to plant your feet shoulder-width apart and point them slightly outward. This will give you a stable base from which to throw. Furthermore, bend your knees slightly and lean forward from your hips. This will help you generate more power when throwing the disc. Remember to keep your back straight throughout the entire process. By taking the time to get into a good stance, you’ll be able to throw more accurately and with more power.
3 – The Release
The release is the final and most important part of the forehand throw. When you’re ready to throw, cock your wrist back and then snap it forward, releasing the disc at about eye level. Make sure you follow through with your throw and end up in a balanced position. If you don’t follow through, your disc will likely go off course.
4 – Practice Makes Perfect
One of the best ways to improve your disc golf forehand is to simply practice it as much as possible. Find a park or open field where you can throw without disturbing others. Then, set up some targets (disc golf baskets or trash cans work well) and start practicing. The more you throw, the better you’ll become at it.
Practicing your disc golf forehand allows you to develop muscle memory and improve your technique. The more you throw, the better you’ll become at it. Additionally, practicing different drills can help you troubleshoot problem areas in your form. By taking the time to practice, you’ll be able to perfect your disc golf forehand and take your game to the next level.
5 – Get Feedback
If you’re having trouble with your disc golf forehand, one of the best things you can do is get feedback from a friend or coach. They can watch you throw and give you pointers on what you’re doing wrong. It’s also helpful to videotape yourself throwing and then analyze your form. This can be a great way to identify problem areas that need improvement.
6 – Try Different Drills
There are many drills that you can do to improve your disc golf forehand. One simple drill is to set up five cones in a row, spaced about 20 feet apart. Then, throw your disc through the cones, starting with the first one and working your way to the last. Of course you can always space them out further as you start to throw for more distance.
Another helpful drill is to practice throwing overhand and underhand. This will help you develop a more well-rounded throwing motion.
7 – Visualize Your Throw
Before you throw, it can be helpful to close your eyes and visualize yourself making the perfect shot. See the disc leaving your hand and sailing through the air, hitting your target dead-on. This type of positive visualization can help increase your confidence and improve your performance.
By following these seven disc golf forehand tips, you’ll be well on your way to improving your game. Just remember to practice often and get feedback from a friend or coach when necessary. With a little time and effort, you’ll be throwing like a pro in no time!
Be sure to read more about my favorite forehand discs!
Common Mistakes When Learning Forehand
One of the most common mistakes that players make with their disc golf forehand is not following through with their throws. This can cause the disc to veer off course and land in an undesirable location. It’s important to ensure that you follow through with your throw and end up in a balanced position.
Another common mistake is not cocking your wrist back far enough before snapping it forward. You really want to generate a lot of spin and snap on your throws to prevent them from wobbling and losing speed during the flight. Be sure to cock your wrist all the way back before releasing the disc out in front of your body.