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So I was reading some disc reviews and it seems like everywhere you look people are talking about BIG arms. Here is my question, what do you consider a big arm? I'm thinking a big arm would be an open player who can toss a big looping hyzer 450+ and make it look effortless, or the guy who can throw it in that 450 range but like a 6'-8' high on a tight line
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:32 AM
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big arm= throw far. same as a football kicker having a big leg
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I think the term also applies to power - meaning you have enough power to control a particular disc (and the real power is in the snap). I think anyone is capable of having a "big arm" as they develop. It's not all about distance. Massive distance without control and accuracy doesn't always translate into lower scores. If I outdrive my guy by 100' but land in the wood-line while he's in the fairway I'm not necessarily doing myself any favors.
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How far is “big arm“ far?

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What is the shortest distance you would consider “big arm“ category? Assume no wind on flat ground at average elevation to sea level on a distance line with a distance driver.
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For guys I play with, I’d say if they can outdrive me on 3/4 of “air it out” holes I’d say they have a big arm. That would have them at 430+ on every hole. For pros I’d say you better be able to hit 500 on occasion.
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I'd categorize "big arm" as anyone who can throw 400+ without max effort. In other words they can do it with a hyzer throw that stays more or less on the hyzer line. They don't need to get a full flex shot to pan out perfectly and glide in order to top out at ~410 feet.

Anyone who can throw 500+ of golf distance (as in, throwing with concern for landing within a defined fairway or near a target) has elite distance which is a whole different category of "big arm". Those are your Simons and Eagles and Double Gs.

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Non disc golfers always ask me how far a good disc golf drive is. I always say a 300 yard drive in golf is a 400’ drive in disc golf.

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Non disc golfers always ask me how far a good disc golf drive is. I always say a 300 yard drive in golf is a 400’ drive in disc golf.
Seems like a reasonable analogy. Might even be able to bump that to 450'.

Last year on the PGA tour, 60 players averaged 300 yards or better on their drives (out of 193 qualified players). They measure that statistic by picking two holes per tournament and measuring distances on those holes. Typically they are holes where the player is trying to max out distance and is measured regardless of where the ball lands (fairway, rough, etc).

I imagine if we were to select two holes per big event, the two where the players are most apt to open up off the tee, it would probably be in the 30-35% range in terms of how many players average 400' or better.
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Seems like a reasonable analogy. Might even be able to bump that to 450'.

Last year on the PGA tour, 60 players averaged 300 yards or better on their drives (out of 193 qualified players). They measure that statistic by picking two holes per tournament and measuring distances on those holes. Typically they are holes where the player is trying to max out distance and is measured regardless of where the ball lands (fairway, rough, etc).

I imagine if we were to select two holes per big event, the two where the players are most apt to open up off the tee, it would probably be in the 30-35% range in terms of how many players average 400' or better.
My guess is that number is pretty solid. The difference there is that the PGA events are measuring the best of the best and at the PDGA event you would be measuring the best of the best plus however many other guys could fit into the field.

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400+ big arm
500+ elite
Sounds right to me

I am right around that 400 mark and am sometimes referred to as having a big arm but I just don’t feel like it’s justified. That said, it’s all relative I suppose. If you’re one of those guys that have been struggling to break 300 for years it might seem that way.

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