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Old 02-28-2011, 07:47 PM
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Thumber Tips

I want to start with a few basics of my thumber shot:

Grip: Thumb is wrapped around the rim underneath.


Usage:
Not enough
Needs:
To get it out to 300 ft
Current:
250 ft
Disc:
169 Champ Firebird

I read about people saying to throw a Thumber do it like an outfielder throwing to homeplate. Is this correct in your experience? When I do the full throw, proper windup and follow-through I think I'm getting decent distance and my disc stays relatively straight.

I played infield when I played ball, so I have more of a natural sidearm type throw. Right now, I think when that tendancy creeps into my motion and makes my disc turn left, but I don't know. I noticed if I'm tired this starts to happen.

But I need to start with the basics. Any advice?

Am I even gripping it right?
Am I supposed to be throwing it really high?
Does Incr Height=Incr Distance?
Why does my disc turn left sometimes?
Headwind secrets?
Do I need to get an estimate on my distance to the point the disc rolls and turns? And how far it floats after that turn?
Do I just stick with one disc or do I use many more for different situations?

**Please don't make this a best disc for an OH thing. I'm settled on my choice **

Thanks to all in advance!
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:00 PM
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First off, your grip is wrong. Your thumb is right, but the knuckle of your index finger should be hooked onto the edge of the disc.

Like this:
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:05 PM
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Firebirds are great for thumbers, but definitely change to the pistol grip shown above.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:09 PM
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Are you kidding me? I've got the grip wrong???? OK....that may definitely help change things a bit for me! Thanks for that!!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:14 PM
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Try a tommahawk grip too. Use your two finger sidearm grip and throw it vertical. Tommys turn right in the air, thumbers turn left.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:18 PM
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First off, your grip is wrong. Your thumb is right, but the knuckle of your index finger should be hooked onto the edge of the disc.

Like this:
that is how schweberger told me to grip it... still haven't gotten to where i throw the thumber nearly as well as the tommie though...

unicedme... hit schwebby up when he's in your locale (which should be fairly often)...he's as good as it gets with the thumber and will be happy to help...
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:23 PM
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i was just practicing thumbers yesterday, i was throwing way further than tommys and very accurate too... i tried a few discs including the firebird
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:27 PM
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Two big keys for my thumber are follow-through, and building up arm strength. Make sure you follow through on each throw, and that will keep,you from hurting your arm/shoulder, and it will ensure that you use your entire body for the throw.

By building up arm strength I like to think of it as if I'm a baseball pitcher. You don't show up in spring training and throw 95 mph, or 9 innings. Start throwing the thumber a little bit in practice and on obvious holes during rounds. After you have done that a while maybe play some thumber and putter only rounds. Try it where you normally wouldn't. You've got to use it to get your muscles and body used to it, and to get where you can hit your maximum distance potential. Make sure you really snap the thumb down on your release. And if you do all that, eventually you'll get to a point where you say, DAMN!, my arm is a little sore or just tired. At that point take a week or two off. No thumbers. Know your body, and let it rest if it hurts or you're tired. But IMO the more you can throw it, the farther and more accurately you will be able to throw it. And if you can get that Schwebby guy to help you, you can just ignore everything I just said. Good luck.

#4 at ZEB is a fun thumber hole. Thumber ace waiting to happen. Nice path from left to right over the little hill.
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When I try to hold my disc like that, it immediately turns about 30-40 degrees right. My hands are small, it's difficult for me to get my fingers wrapped down to that position I think
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First off, your grip is wrong. Your thumb is right, but the knuckle of your index finger should be hooked onto the edge of the disc.

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I throw alot of thumbers and this grip does not work for me.
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