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Old 06-26-2013, 06:41 PM
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Default Backhand: Reach Back vs "Moving Around the Disc" (McBeth Style)

So I want to be able to throw as far & accurate as I possibly can (like everyone) & I'm having problems deciding which technique to use backhand. In the Ask McBeth thread I noticed McBeth said he doesn't reach back in the traditional way but rather keeps the disc in the same spot & moves around the disc until his arm is extended which it then looks like a regular reach back. Paul posted a slow motion video of himself doing it in his thread showing this motion I described (pretty sure its on YouTube also). Which is more consistent & which is better for achieving max distance (Traditional reach back or McBeths way)?
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:52 PM
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IDK, but I know I'm going to try the McBeth style. I have alway felt that once you learn the basic technique of any sport or game. The rest is up to what works for your body design and ability. Example: I push putt with a straddle stance, but My lft foot is about 6" behind my right (imaginary line from toes). For me, I feel like I get a better push off from the ground. Most people I know keep both feet in "line" with each other.
So I'm going to try the "McBeth style" and see what happens. Problem is, it might work for me, but will it for you?
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:02 PM
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The term "reachback" should be eliminated. Backswing is much more appropriate especially from a standstill. When you start adding steps to a proper backswing, the arm/disc doesn't really move, the body moves around the arm/disc and loads. All good players do this. McBeth, Feldy and Barry Shultz have a more pronounced forward press/pre-swing than most players and then start the backswing and work around it, which is also what I do. McBeth has a little more of a hitch at the top of the backswing than Feldy and Barry who are a little smoother.

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The term "reachback" should be eliminated. Backswing is much more appropriate especially from a standstill. When you start adding steps to a proper backswing, the arm/disc doesn't really move, the body moves around the arm/disc and loads. All good players do this. McBeth, Feldy and Barry Shultz have a more pronounced forward press/pre-swing than most players and then start the backswing and work around it, which is also what I do. McBeth has a little more of a hitch at the top of the backswing than Feldy and Barry who are a little smoother.
Thanks for the info. Can you get more detailed please? Why isn't this concept pushed more in instructional videos? Unrelated topic...what's your max d backhand?
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I've recently minimized my style, eliminating the fancy footwork and focussing on the rip through and snap, and I haven't sacrificed much distance, if any, and my accuracy has increased by a lot.

When i try to reach back like Will, I turn and burn almost every time.
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You made me go look at this when I should be working, so now you have to watch the youtubes I watched. I don't know what to say about Paul. Will has a massive reachback. I love the way Dave's runup sets up his release.

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I have been contemplating this a lot this season as i have been attempting to rebuild my backhand a bit. I get power easier with a longer reach back but throw more accurately when i reach away from my body and then pull tight to my body as i enter the throwing zone. Barry Schultz, mentioned above, is probably the best example of this (one of the most accurate backhands on the planet). Right now its a trade off as i haven't figured out how to generate the same power this way, but i'm working on it.
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couldn't find a great slow mo of barry, this one is ok:


Barry throws at 1:00
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Thanks for the info. Can you get more detailed please? Why isn't this concept pushed more in instructional videos? Unrelated topic...what's your max d backhand?
Actually Will unfolds his lower arm instead of swinging it back, so to him it might be more of a true reachback, but the shoulders and body are still more like a backswing. The way he does it makes it harder to time, but he gets a little extra bounce at the top for more power.

I know Feldy has been preaching working around the disc for at least the past few years in clinics. This is a little more in-depth description:
https://www.dgcoursereview.com/dgr/f...p?f=17&t=24009

This was 450' and easily repeatable:

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You made me go look at this when I should be working, so now you have to watch the youtubes I watched. I don't know what to say about Paul. Will has a massive reachback. I love the way Dave's runup sets up his release.



WILL


watch will's disc from the 14 second mark to the 16 second mark. It stays in the same spot in the frame while his body/arm moves into position.

This is actually a very specific point i use when teaching beginners how to drive. I actually hold there disc stationary and as tight as i can with one hand while they hold it and do their steps with without the disc moving. By the time their plant foot is down and loaded ready to pivot, their arm is at the proper reach back position without the disc moving an inch from when they started the first step.

hope that makes sense. Maybe i'll get a video of that next week.
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