Disc Golf in New Zealand

Disc Golf Throwing Clinic


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The Backhand

The Hammer

The Sidearm

The Standard Putt

The Straddle Putt



The disc leaves your hand with the outside edge [the side of the disc you're not holding] lower than the inside. i.e. for a right-handed thrower a standard (clockwise spin) hyzer shot will travel from right to left. Very handy for getting around objects or a reliable up-shot. Pretty much an arm power shot as the disc won't ride on the air. Good into the wind.


The disc leaves your hand with the outside edge [the side of the disc you're not holding] higher than the inside. i.e. for a right-handed thrower a standard (clock spin) anhyzer shot will travel from left to right and, depending on the stability of the disc, often will flex back again. For most players this is the throw for maximum distance as when an over-stable disc flexes, it will 'fly' before it runs out of 'zees' (or spin if you like). Great in the still or with the wind.



A successful drive is all about maximum power with control.
It's a fact that the harder you throw the less control you'll have, so if it's a narrow fairway with danger either side .. ease back on power and concentrate on accuracy.


This is by far the most used throw from the tee in disc golf.
To get the most out of your backhand drive use your whole body, from your toes to your fingertips. Step into your throw, bring the disc from as far back as you can and make sure that the disc leaves your hand at exactly the same angle as you intend it to fly. Often players have the leading edge too high, which is like throwing with the hand break on, or start their throw with the disc held too high, creating an 'air bounce' effect, your shot will never reach its full potential like this.


To be a truly good golfer get a handle on the 'flick'.
When you've got a drive or an upshot that has to fade to the opposite direction to your backhand this is the shot.
Most golfers only use a sidearm if they really have to and because they don't have to that often, never really get too proficient with it. A good sidearm throw is all about the 'flick'. The release is not at the full extension of the arm as in a backhand, but pretty much directly in front of the body. If you've thrown nothing but backhand for a long time it will hurt, so take it easy to begin with. This type of throw is trademark Taumarunui - all the blokes there were shown the sport by Pete Boyle who throws an incredibly accurate sidearm. These guys are amzing to watch in a tournie - the power, the accuracy, the grace, the kauri-sized legs...


There are many different putting styles.. It's a matter of finding the putt that suits you best and sticking to it. It's not uncommon for a golfer to putt one way up to a certain distance and another from further out. For best results I suggest you have a putting ritual, go through the same process every time you putt (unless it involves sculling whiskey), visualize it then send it on its way, and remember if you don't see it going in … it probably won't. The trick to successful putting is confidence.


This is the putt most Disc Golfers use. Front foot on the mark step back with the other, make sure you're balanced and your feet are well planted. Visualize your putt, rock back then forward to release to give some power to the shot, remembering to put some spin on the disc.


One foot on the mark the other out to the side [left or right] normally dictated by the terrain or what you feel most comfortable with. This putt is good for when your lie is obstructed by an obstacle and getting slightly out to one side or the other will help. Outside of 10 metres you can get more power by following through.