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brdshootr 05-17-2013 10:41 AM

Power grip
How tightly should I grip a driver? I was squeezing the disc pretty good but yesterday evening while practicing I loosened my grip and now I am getting more snap and better distance. Is this a bad habit or not?

NOStheBOSS 05-17-2013 10:43 AM

Some pros will say you need to grip the sht out of the disc and have it "rip" out, others (like double G) say that they let go, meaning a looser grip. Obviously double G throws it a long way, and if you are throwing your discs better why the hell wouldn't you? :D

wake911 05-17-2013 11:22 AM

I shouldn't be able to pull it out of your hand super easy, but you shouldn't be bending the plastic gripping it so hard. (according to GG and others i've seen) This is how I grip as well. Just tight enough that the disc doesn't slide out early, but not so tight that I bend the plastic.

Murky 05-17-2013 11:38 AM

Most will say to keep your grip loose until you begin your pull-through, with the grip being tightest slightly before the disc rips out. I agree with wake's description for the most part, about not death-gripping the disc.

When i had grip issues switching from climo fork grip to full power grip, i would focus on slowing my arm speed and "feeling" when the disc should come out. Then slowly increase my speed to normal levels and upping the grip until i reached the desired outcome. That strategy may or may not help you, but it worked for me on my transition.

In my experience, timing is really the key to good disc golf. As it plays into every aspect of the throw, including grip and grip pressure. :thmbup:


brdshootr 05-17-2013 11:50 AM

I use a power grip but it is more like a hook. I curl my fingers around the rim but don't squeeze. The disc will wobble if i shake my hand back and forth but not come out. I feel the loose grip gives the disc more spin than I can impart with just my wrist flip.


garublador 05-17-2013 12:01 PM

Do whatever gives the strongest hit/hammer pound for you. It's way easier to get it right if you think of it that way rather than trying to emulate what someone types. Starting loose and staying that way can make getting the feel for the hammer pound easier, FWIW, but coordinating your grip strength with extending your wrist at the proper time will get the strongest hit.

Toro71 05-17-2013 12:25 PM

I like the 'holding a bird' analogy from ball golf grip instruction. I try to grip the disc as if I'm holding a live bird. Firm enough so it can't fly away, but not so tight that I crush it to death. Another thing I do when I think my grip is getting too tight or loose is, I'll grip the disc and rotate it in my grip with my off-hand. I want my grip to be right at the point where it won't spin in my hand anymore.

When I try to sort of consciously tighten down through the hit, or to consciously "let go" on a full power drive, I screw up. It just happens too fast for me. I think I do tighten through the pull, but not in a deliberate way.

This works for me, just saying.

grodney 05-17-2013 12:32 PM

"It's an egg. Hold it like an egg."

brdshootr 05-17-2013 01:00 PM

An elderly couple decided to take up disc golf as a form of exercise. They played for a couple of years without making any improvement so they decided to take private lessons from the local course pro. At the husbands first lesson the pro asked to see the man make a drive. He lined up and threw but it only went 50 feet. The pro said "I know exactly what your problem is. You are gripping the disc way too tight. Imagine the disc is your wife's breast. You want to grip it firmly enough so she feels it but not so tight that it hurts her". The husband tries again this time with a lighter grip and he bombs the disc out about 350 feet. The next day was the wife's lesson and she saw the same pro. He had her demonstrate her drive and she lined up and threw the disc about 50 feet. Once again the pro observes that her grip is too tight so he explains to her to think of the disc as her husband's penis and to grip it tightly but not so tightly that it hurts him. So she lines up and tries it again. This time it went 50 feet also. So the pro says "That was a good try but next time take the disc out of your mouth".

Brodysseus 05-18-2013 02:38 AM


Originally Posted by grodney (Post 1997711)
"It's an egg. Hold it like an egg."

"I held it like an egg"
"Yeah and the son of a bitch scrambled it."

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