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Old 06-17-2021, 03:42 PM
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One of the biggest struggles of my game at the moment is being able to accurately power down a putter or midrange.

I'm fine throwing shorter stuff like 50-100 feet. And throwing 200 feet is fine as well (because I can throw a full smooth shot). I'm struggling with the 140-180 foot mark. It's not a full putter. These are mostly tunnel-ish shots, so I can't just throw a high floating shot like I might if it were wide open (whether I should be throwing that kind of shot, I don't know, but it's what I can throw at the moment). Also means I can't take an overstable putter and throw firmly but hyzer it out to the right. These are 140-180 foot shots that have to go low and straight.

I find I'm far too often trying to take power off by releasing early and short-arming it, leading to it obviously flailing out nose up and to the left (and typically OB).

It feels silly to wish these were 50 feet longer. Any drills, tips, discs I should be looking into? Also feels silly that I can throw it 300 feet more accurately than I can 180 feet. It's the worst part of my game based on results, and also just feels the most awkward.

Love to hear how everyone else has improved this aspect.
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Old 06-17-2021, 04:05 PM
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I love these shots because Im really good at low, straight shots with a Rhyno flick. Do you have a forehand?
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Maybe a Polecat or something super slow. Outside of that I would just say you have to get out to the course and keep practicing.
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I love these shots because Im really good at low, straight shots with a Rhyno flick. Do you have a forehand?
Not what I'd call a good one, but I do forehand some holes where I need a big left to right movement (so big nose-up forehands that turn more than I can get a backhand to turn). A forehand crossed my mind, but I've always struggled to throw the short forehand shots straight (I've also never really worked on it because I always just figured I'd backhand those).

At this point, anything is on the table though. I've also got a Rhyno I use for wind putts, so I'll give that a shot next time I'm out practicing.
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1) Practice throwing the wrong disc. Throw everything in your bag from 200 out, 150 out etc.

2) Get confident at 20 and 25 foot comebackers. It makes it infinitely easier to trust your shot.

3) Learn forehand.
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You can also use height to control distance. Throw low and firm, let the disc hitting the ground control your distance.

Alternately, throw a soft, nose-up anny to keep the disc straight-ish and control distance that way.

The more you throw these tweener shots, the more proficient will become. Grab some putters and throw at a tree from various distances.

Last (and probably best) suggestion: play catch! Good luck!

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Stop reaching back so far and then trying to slow it down. It's easier to gauge distance with a short reach back..

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The biggest thing is practice, but if you want to play with disc selection too try an understable putter so you can really dial down the power and not have it fade and die. Bonus, getting that straight landing let’s you take some ground play out of the equation which is a skill worth learning (I haven’t yet). I don’t throw lids right now but but the lid suggestion might be worth trying for funsies

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You can also use height to control distance. Throw low and firm, let the disc hitting the ground control your distance.

Alternately, throw a soft, nose-up anny to keep the disc straight-ish and control distance that way.

The more you throw these tweener shots, the more proficient will become. Grab some putters and throw at a tree from various distances.

Last (and probably best) suggestion: play catch! Good luck!
Really the reason I've resorted to this thread is that I was practicing more and more, but getting worse and worse as I try to figure out ways to fix it. When I first started playing again this year after 20 years off...those shots were dead on the basket...but I also couldn't throw very far so that was a full putter.

Now that my form is better...I've turned into a flailing baby giraffe trying to throw those distances. My hope was that instead of going through a million variations of things to try, i could settle on "ok, this is what I'm doing...now to practice it like this every time"...instead of constantly fiddling which I'm doing now.

Some great tips here so far...appreciate all the quick feedback!

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You just need reps. That's really what it's going to take

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