Originally Posted by slkfis
I am new at this game and starting late in life. I have watched enough videos to wear out a pair of glasses and I still don't get it.
I tried to learn the reach back method and have no clue as to where it going and no distance to brag about.
Lately I have been reading about Dave Dunipace's Bent Elbow Techniques along with the Blake T's articles. I beleve this will suit my old body best.
My question is, having watched the Dan Beto video, is this what is considered the Bent Elbow way?
I have tried it the last couple of days and my arm and shoulder felt better in the morning than before.
I would also appreciate any tips to throwing straight this way.
"old enough to know I don't know"
If your hips are still good you need to throw from your hips. Slightly bent knees to incorporate your glutes, which are very powerful throwing muscles. Reach your elbow back and wind your torso, as you shift your weight from left hip to right, then use your arm as a whip, as your weight shifts to your front foot. Your wrist should slam to a steely stop, which will eject the disc from your grip off your finger pads. You should then be forced to step through and beyond your plant foot, by the momentum of your whip. If you do not step through, you are probably not whipping forward enough. The symptom for this is lack of power, high shots, and hyzering out.
For right handed backhanders the sequence is: left hip, push off to right plant foot as the elbow goes back and torso winds back, when right foot comes down (and not before), the arm whips forward as your momentum shift to your right hip and torso begins to wind out. Whip ejects disc from steely stiff wrist as torso continues to wind out at maximum force during disc ejection. If whip was sufficiently forward and powerful, you will be pulled forward and have to step through with your left foot to stop your momentum.
Same sequence reversed for lefties and almost identical for righty sidearm.