Aug 20 2007, 01:03 AM
For about a year I've been doing a fork grip with the wing of the disc firmly planted in the crease in my hand created by my thumb. This was based on pictures from blake takkunen. after working with a local master in my area, he showed me a grip in which the disc is shifted one seam down on the hand (toward the pinky side) so that the entire pad of the thumb (all joints) can be placed flat upon the top of the disc. The thumb is really far forward in this grip.

This seems to allow more control over nose angle (based on thumb placement), and it also seems to hold the disc more firmly, which contributes to a more consistent angle of release and less wobble. After practicing this grip for one day, I tried it at the Bayville Bash and had the worst four rounds in a row of my life, and I felt that I really had no idea what line my disc was going to take. I realize that my unfamiliarity with the grip contributed to this. I got my money's worth, though, since I got to throw more shots than most people. The guy who showed me this grip said that most top pros grip it in this particular seam of the hand.

I want to know: is his statement about top pros using this type of hand-seam use true? Has anyone had experience with trying it both ways? Is my lack of ability to stick a line based solely on my unfamiliarity with the grip, or does this grip offer less control over the hit (the disc does seem to be more firmly planted in the hand)? Other thoughts?

Aug 20 2007, 08:35 AM
Julians's Disc Golf Stuff- grips (
New Hanover ( Look under Tips, then find Grips.
Dave Dunicpace- Innova (

Aug 20 2007, 09:24 AM
The new grip sounds like the way Steve Brinster grips a discs. Climo puts the disc in the seam. go to ( and search for the ultimate disc golf show and there are some clinics with climo and Hossfeld. One of the vids climo goes in depthon his grip

Aug 21 2007, 03:59 PM
That is how i grip. I got it from a combo of Dave Greenwell, Brad Hammock, and Ken Climo. I found that i lost some distance but gain much better control, especially with mids and putter drives.

Aug 21 2007, 04:01 PM
Do you know which video it is? There is so many of those and I'm at work :D

Aug 21 2007, 04:17 PM

i believe that this is the one that he is talking about

Aug 21 2007, 04:40 PM
kind of funny the disc he is holding the whole video is a buzz...

Aug 22 2007, 07:16 PM
You're still placing all your fingers under the disc, right? I use the space between my first two fingers to align the disc and then wrap the fingers underneath. This places the rip point on the 3rd and 4th fingers... mostly the 4th / ring (2nd is there for control). A picture of you gripping the disc would help...

(BTW, this is exactly what Climo shows in that video)