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Hey there! Great question. In Ultimate Frisbee, there are two primary types of throws: backhand and forehand. Let's dive into each of these throws and explore how they work.
1. Backhand Throw:
The backhand throw is the most common and fundamental throw in Ultimate Frisbee. To execute a backhand throw, you'll hold the disc with your thumb on top and your fingers curled underneath. Start by bringing the disc across your body, with your arm extended and your elbow bent. As you release the disc, snap your wrist and follow through with your arm in a fluid motion. This will generate spin and accuracy.
The backhand throw is known for its versatility and reliability. It allows you to throw the disc with control and precision, making it ideal for shorter passes, longer hucks, and even break throws to get around defenders. With practice, you can develop different variations of the backhand throw, such as high-release throws or low-release IO (inside-out) throws, to adapt to different game situations.
2. Forehand Throw:
The forehand throw, also known as the flick or sidearm throw, is another essential throw in Ultimate Frisbee. To execute a forehand throw, hold the disc with your thumb on the inside rim and your fingers spread across the top. Start with your arm extended to the side, and as you release the disc, flick your wrist and snap your arm forward in a whipping motion.
The forehand throw is particularly useful for quick and accurate passes, especially in tight spaces or when you need to throw around defenders. It allows you to generate speed and spin on the disc, making it ideal for longer throws with a flatter trajectory. Similar to the backhand throw, you can develop variations of the forehand throw, such as low-release flicks or high-release hammers, to add more versatility to your game.
Remember, mastering both the backhand and forehand throws takes practice and patience. Start by focusing on the basic mechanics and gradually work on improving your technique and consistency. Experiment with different grips, angles, and release points to find what works best for you.
Lastly, it's important to note that there are other advanced throws in Ultimate Frisbee, such as the hammer, scoober, and thumber. These throws are more specialized and require additional practice to master. But for now, mastering the backhand and forehand throws will give you a solid foundation to build upon.
So, there you have it! The two primary throws in Ultimate Frisbee are the backhand and forehand throws. Practice, experiment, and have fun honing your throwing skills. Happy throwing!