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Old 07-15-2013, 01:19 PM
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Why does a strong grip create distance - seems backwards

I'm not arguing - just trying to understand. I would think a strong grip would tighten muscles and make you less flexible. In ball golf you barley hold onto the club but in disc golf your are gripping the disc like there is no tomorrow.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:31 PM
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In disc golf you have to hang on to the disc through the apex to create angular velocity, if you don't the disc will slip out early and you'll never build the last and most important lever. You don't have to clamp down until very late in the throw.

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Old 07-15-2013, 01:39 PM
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To me, that's kind of like saying your car should run better with no lug nuts because they add weight.

Maybe a strong grip is counterproductive, but I don't see any other way to keep the disc attached to a lever.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:50 PM
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I'm not arguing - just trying to understand. I would think a strong grip would tighten muscles and make you less flexible. In ball golf you barley hold onto the club but in disc golf your are gripping the disc like there is no tomorrow.
In ball golf, you hold on to the club hard enough that it doesn't slip out. If it slips before you strike the ball, bad things happen. Same thing in disc golf, but you don't have a tapered handle to keep you from slipping.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:56 PM
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Energy transfer. The golf analogy would be more akin to the club to ball contact. You want as much of the club on the ball to make it go.
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That's also why many people advocate staying loose up until the last little bit of the throw, then gripping hard.
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No matter how hard you grip the disc it is going to come out of your hand.

The harder you grip it, the more resistance it needs to overcome to be launched out of your hand. That resistance is where a lot of "snap" comes from. Gripping too lightly means it wil slip out with less force, and will have less speed coming out of your hand because of it.
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To me, that's kind of like saying your car should run better with no lug nuts because they add weight.

Maybe a strong grip is counterproductive, but I don't see any other way to keep the disc attached to a lever.
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That's also why many people advocate staying loose up until the last little bit of the throw, then gripping hard.
In addition to this I'd add you need to hold the disc firmly enough to control it's attitude through the run-up and release. You can't be all flaccid and expect it to go where you want. You have to control it enough to release it on the proper plane and trajectory - this requires a reasonably firm grip on the disc, but by no means a death grip of any sort. That would be way to rigid and you'd proabably lose all the smoothness and energy transfer necessary for a nice release.

I'd describe it as a Zen/Jedi-like thing:
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:04 PM
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In disc golf you have to hang on to the disc through the apex to create angular velocity, if you don't the disc will slip out early
That makes sense and I can be a poster child for that! I know not a death grip but there is that "hammer" thing so . . . . .

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:20 PM
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In ball golf you barley hold onto the club but in disc golf your are gripping the disc like there is no tomorrow.
Common misconception. Golfers hit a lot of golf balls and have awfully strong hands, so a "4" on their scale of 1-10 is quite strong. Furthermore, you can grip a club's grip with strong, firm fingers, but still have relatively soft forearms and wrists. It's all been measured a few times. Putting strokes and some short game shots have softer grips.

In brief: PGA Tour players grip the club quite firmly.
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