“Every guy on the beach can throw a frisbee backhand,” says Tina Booth, a co-author of Essential Ultimate (R241, kalahari.com) and an elite-level Ultimate Frisbee coach. “But not many men can flick a 30m forehand.”
By MH Staff - Posted on 4th October 2013
Nail that throw and you score major style points – plus, the sidearm motion allows you to throw with greater power. Follow Booth’s tips to make your flick fly.
Hold the frisbee with your index and middle fingers together on the underside of the disk and pinch the round “shoulder” edge with your thumb. Squeeze the disk tight enough so that someone wouldn’t be able to knock it out of your hand.
Stand with your feet more than shoulder-width apart and knees just bent. Shift your weight to your back foot as you bring your throwing arm back. Keep your elbow close to your torso, extend your forearm back, and cock your wrist at the top of the wind-up.
Accelerate your arm forward, shift your weight to your front leg and open your torso. Lead with your elbow and release the frisbee when your forearm is parallel to the ground and passing your waist. Snap your wrist as if you were skipping a rock.
As you flick the disk, point your hand toward your target. Just like shooting a foul shot, follow through is key. Your palm should be flat and facing the sky after you’ve sent the frisbee flying. If not, you’ll know – the disk will be in the ocean.
Max Flight glow-in-the-dark frisbee. There’s beach cricket, boule and the odd game of touch rugby, but none of those can be played (safely) when the sun eventually starts going down. With this, you’ll be chasing it like a Labrador well into the early evening.