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Old 09-24-2019, 02:30 PM
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Ever wonder why you'll get to the field and start throwing like garbage as soon as you start to work on your swing? This is probably the biggest issue you may not realize you have, and it has nothing to do with your form.



There were times when I would play a round and throw 450 foot lasers and then get to the field the next day and start skying shots 200 feet into the air with ****ty distance. I began to realize this was the reason. Practicing with a target is key. External focus is key.

Once you've got "good" form, it's easy to say that you should have external focus. How are you supposed to learn? Adjust? For me, it starts with focusing on one part at a time. You throw really poorly and that's fine. Work like this can be done throwing into a net instead of the field. Eventually, with enough focus, it will become second nature. Suddenly, you won't have to think about what you're working on. Then you can move on to the next thing.

That's how it worked for me. It took 2 years, but I'm finally to a place where I can focus on my target and not worry about my balance regressing or that I'll start to hug myself or whatever other issue was plaguing me.
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Old 09-25-2019, 06:20 PM
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Ever wonder why you'll get to the field and start throwing like garbage as soon as you start to work on your swing? This is probably the biggest issue you may not realize you have, and it has nothing to do with your form.


There were times when I would play a round and throw 450 foot lasers and then get to the field the next day and start skying shots 200 feet into the air with ****ty distance. I began to realize this was the reason. Practicing with a target is key. External focus is key.

Once you've got "good" form, it's easy to say that you should have external focus. How are you supposed to learn? Adjust? For me, it starts with focusing on one part at a time. You throw really poorly and that's fine. Work like this can be done throwing into a net instead of the field. Eventually, with enough focus, it will become second nature. Suddenly, you won't have to think about what you're working on. Then you can move on to the next thing.

That's how it worked for me. It took 2 years, but I'm finally to a place where I can focus on my target and not worry about my balance regressing or that I'll start to hug myself or whatever other issue was plaguing me.
This is really a great post, and hits really close to home. Especially seeing the results in your more recent posts in your form thread you really truly a success in form development.

The personal note? Last weekend after quite a bit of mental practice, I won a tournament where I putted horribly but had my most consistent day ever driving. The few that went wrong I knew and could feel what I did and some really great long drives parking baskets that felt truly effortless. Yesterday morning I had time to go out to the course with the thought I would film my whole round to critique what felt like was huge progress in my throw.... and right back not quite to square one but 1st hole had a regression.
I KNOW the fix is to get out to the field and focus on one or two things slinging mids. But reading your post is I hope the motivation I need to go do what I know I should but haven't been doing.

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Old 09-30-2019, 05:40 PM
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I agree that having something to aim at makes a huge difference. You focus on your throw more and tend to have better mechanics. Going out and throwing wild, aimless bombs in a field can create bad habits.

If I'm in a field I always find a target and focus on it. Makes the session more productive.
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Does this external focus mean like if you were to throw "at that tree with 20 degrees of hyzer"? Instead of "shift the hips forward and don't open your shoulders early"?

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Old 03-24-2020, 06:39 PM
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Correct.

There is a time for thinking analysis and understanding before and after the swing.

During the swing it's about feeling and throwing the swing weight out to the apex.



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A couple years ago, I went out to the soccer field where I usually practice and saw that someone had thrown away 8 of those corner flags they use on soccer fields. Laying by the dumpster. I got 'em.
They're about 5' high with a triangular flag. 4 for ~$60 or less.
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Now, I always throw with one of them as a target, 300' away. For me, they work much better than a tree in the distance.
After getting a tip from a Senior Pro, I set up a "tunnel" in the field with six of the flags, with gaps spaced at 50' (8' apart), 100' (10' apart) and 150' (12' apart) and the main flag at 300'.
Very beneficial to not only see that you hit an initial gap, but that you can keep it straight for 150'.
Next time I'm probably going to space the at 50', 125' and 200'.
If I had them all get stolen or lost, I would immediately get more. They're that helpful.

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