Summary by Ryan / Joce
Original Article on UltiWorld

Overview:  This article gives an alternate look at throwing mechanics. Instead of focusing on the traditional “full kinetic chain” or “full body power up”, this article suggests to break your throwing motion down into “subroutines”. As not all throws needed full body movement/clockwork, a simpler motion has a lot of advantages.  Separate your movements to learn throw in parts. The lengthy discussion in the comment is also interesting.

Usability: For handlers  / throwers who are looking to increase their variety of throws / looking for more dynamic throws. 

Level: Intermediate – Expert

  • The Full Kinetic Chain: A traditional concept of throwing. Says that power in a frisbee throw is developed from the ground up. You generate power by pushing against the ground, transferring force through your legs, hips, shoulders, and arm in just the right way to propel the disc off into the distance.
  • This is all true. But when we are throwing at <50% effort or shorter-range throws, do we really need the whole kinetic chain?
  • There are many benefits to a simpler motion. Fewer moving parts involved in the throw means it would be easier to learn the timing. You’ll also get cleaner and clearer feedback as you learn the movement –  there are fewer things you could be doing wrong.
  • Your goal is to separate the arm from the body. Creating these separate motor-program ‘subroutines’ – like how to move the arm, and how to move the body – is part of the very useful process of breaking a throw down into its constituent parts and great to train up throwing with variation.
  • Training to throw with your arm alone also means you can throw from many different positions. Developing a throwing motion that doesn’t rely on a whole-body movement enables you to throw (with consistency) from more positions and in more circumstances.  Given the dynamic nature and huge unpredictability of Ultimate, that is a big advantage.
  • There is also a speed advantage – with just the arm you can release the disc very quickly as compared to clocking up your entire body.