The Sidearm Throw
This throw, also cleverly known as the flick, or forearm throw is a max distance disc golf drive that every player must have. The game of disc golf is never wide open. Every so often you will find a tree or obstacle directly in the path of your target. When this happens, you have to change the angle or direction of your disc’s flight. Times like these are perfect for the sidearm throw.
How to Throw a Sidearm Disc Golf Shot
Much like the other shots in these tutorials, there are numerous ways to throw a sidearm flick shot. The best example I can give in demonstrating a sidearm throw is skipping a stone across the water. I’m sure you remember a time as a kid or an adult when you tried to skip a stone across the water. Well, just imagine the perfect round stone you found as a disc and mimic the motion.
There are a few variations you will add as time goes on, but the first step is to get the disc to glide in the shape of a letter “S”. Once you have found the desired angle to perform the “S” curve, then you can introduce more power into your sidearm throw for longer distances. Once you become comfortable with the flick shot, it will probably become a regular weapon in your disc golf arsenal.
Sidearm Throw Tutorials
Follow these tutorials below for a general idea of the proper body mechanics which are necessary to execute the perfect disc golf sidearm throw. Both of the videos provided below feature the worlds highest rated disc golfers and coincidentally to of the best flick throwers in the business.
Avery Jenkins Sidearm Technique
Nikko Locastro Sidearm Technique
How do you throw the Flick?
There are more variations to this shot than you could ever imagine. Please feel free to leave a comment below on how you personally have seen great results using the sidearm throw. All comments are moderated so please refrain from foul language or negative remarks as they will not be posted.