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jrawk 02-18-2014 12:43 PM

Pre-throw stiffarming.
tell me why some players hold their arm stiff and straight out pointing down the fairway before throwing... like they're aiming and lining up their release. Typically, the people i see do it, hold their disc eye level, which is nowhere near where they are intending on releasing.

I've always wondered why and if it really does any good. My knee jerk reaction is no, since A) the hand is not typically in the same position at the hit point, and B) neither is the player's body.

jrawk 02-18-2014 12:45 PM

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this is what i'm refering to: (not to pick on holly, but this is the first one i noticed)


sidewinder22 02-18-2014 12:47 PM

It is an aiming mechanism. It's easy to spot strong armers doing this when they stand square to the target.

bradharris 02-18-2014 12:47 PM

Holly isn't just lining up her shot, she actually turns and tilts it the way she expects it to fly. I think it's just her way of seeing the line before the shot.

PFort 02-18-2014 01:09 PM


Originally Posted by bradharris (Post 2359225)
Holly isn't just lining up her shot, she actually turns and tilts it the way she expects it to fly. I think it's just her way of seeing the line before the shot.

Yes, this is a good way for some to visualize the fight of the disc if released at a certain angle. I do it as well, and it mentally clears my head prior to a drive. Executing it as visually planned is always the challenge!

Martin Dewgarita 02-18-2014 01:12 PM

Yup. It's a visualization thing for me. I hold the disc there, but that's not where I see it, I visualize it flying down the intended line.

tonyroberts 02-18-2014 01:14 PM

I've done this, thought I'm not sure why. I guess it just seemed like a comfortable place from which to begin the backswing and x-step. I hold the disc closer to waist high though. Recently, I've been advised to a) start with the disc closer in to my body and b) to start the runup with my shoulders already turned and the disc already behind me. Needless to say, I'm fairly confused at this point. I need to find a snow-free expanse so I can do some field work.

CrowLegs 02-18-2014 01:16 PM

I do this mostly to get the nose angle and (an)hyzer set up. For whatever reason, my hand "remembers" the setup when I throw (most of the time, errr, sometimes).

Romans 5-8 02-18-2014 01:29 PM

I've noticed that too, and wondered why people stand there for fourteen seconds with their hand out like they are mentally dialing things in and envisioning the perfect line to hit.

Honestly, it makes me laugh, because MOST of the guys I know (not all) who do this, tend to shank their drives anyway. I'm sitting there thinking, wouldn't it be more helpful to go through the motion of your throw, to get your x-step dialed in a bit, practice weight transfer or something, rather than pointing and then rapidly shanking.

I can understand the visualizing the shot thing though, and how it might help you relax. I'm not trying to bash all the people who do this, and I point sometimes for a second. But seriously, the people who hold their arm up for more than ten seconds, I think they are doing it for show.

Romans 5-8 02-18-2014 01:31 PM

By the way, did you just come up with this name "pre-throw stiffarming"?

Because if you did, that is hilarious.

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