* Ace Member *
- Oct 25, 2021
I think I have a hard time realizing this because I cannot shift behind into the plant yet. So I’m not leveraging against the ground. So if I don’t put effort into it, my throw goes nowhere. Also feels really weird not to try hard. Like just lackadaisical swinging my arms around with my body just doesn’t seem like an athletic movement. However I was mediocre at any sport I played so what do I know. Only having decent hand-eye coordination saved me, I guess.
It still confuses the hell out of me to hear you guys refer to it as walking. Like I just cannot wrap my head around that. I have just walked sideways just to see if I feel a connection between the disc golf throw and walking, but I notice nothing. I have slightly begun to see what y’all are talking about with the falling aspect, but then I can’t relate that to walking. I know Dan Martin says that everyone leans forward (falling) when walking but I just can’t see it. I’m guessing it’ll make sense when I randomly manage to do it right once.
IMO this is a highly athletic move. My muscles are recruited, they respond and move with force, but the thing you need to realize is that almost everything you thought power feels like might be exactly wrong or backwards.
E.g., now when I through I only notice muscular effort when I start hitting like 80%. But it's more like elastic stretching and contractile strength and bounciness. The walk should feel like a trot or gallop or springs in the legs. The Dan Martin idea is true, but it's very subtle and hard to see in walking, and is often hard to see or feel until you do it moving sideways. The elephant walk is an athletic, controlled walk.
The athleticism you seek is like a baseball swing or pitch. When SW talks about swinging smooth and relaxed, it's still highly athletic. The trick is using your postures and body posture to work with gravity and momentum as much as possible for maximum power and minimum effort. I was by no means "athletically" moving when I started. But it is learnable even if the battle is hard.
Learning to shift from behind and commit to the "fall" is important.