(technopop music) – Last year, going into the winter season, I was lucky enough to
be living in California and I had a lot of time to go out and be in beautiful
weather like it is today. It was like this all the time. So, I went out to the field a lot. My side arm used to be, I took
something very over stable, and I threw it as hard as I could and it went about 3.15, and it went right. That was all I needed to do. That’s all I thought I needed it to do, but ever since I’ve
incorporated working on more of a side arm, and working other discs, I’ve learned to add an element of my game that I didn’t have before. A side arm is great, because you never lose
sight of your target. With a backhand drive, you’re having to rely on your peripherals and your body and your feet to hit your line, where in a side arm, you’re
seeing it the whole way and you can hit your
line pretty comfortably. At least that’s how I feel. Maybe you guys agree, maybe you don’t. Sidearms are very comfortable. So, one thing I suggest, is field work using the most
understable disc in your bag. This is the Westside Discs’ Underworld. I use this mainly for backhand rollers. But I love the sidearm flippy stuff, because what you can do is I can say, I’m going to go with less
effort now than I used to, and just let the disc go. But I allowed the disc to work. So what I suggest is take
something flippy from your bag, as you’re walking around, as
you’re in the field, sidearm. Don’t roll your wrists, build from the bottom up. So, throw slow, nice and smooth, and see if you can get
the disc to hyzer out. After you’ve done that, throw
a little bit more power. So, start, 20%, and then build your way up to where you can start
throwing things at 100%, keeping it on a hyzer and it stands up. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t keep your overstable discs,
like a Felon, or a Justice, or any other discs from
other companies in your bag for those overstable shots, because, yes, I still throw
those types of sidearms. I tend to try and not to, because every time I throw
those, I feel like I’m throwing my arm into the disc. So, if I’m playing, if I have
to play 36 holes in a day for a Disc Golf tournament, think about how if I had to throw 12 super hard sidearms, by that 12th one, and by that last hole, when I’m putting, my arm and my body are
going to be more tired than just throwing a nice
and smooth little sidearm. So that’s why I suggest
learning to use other discs. Manipulate the discs to do
exactly what you want them to do. So, build up. The one thing I also talk
about when throwing those types of sidearms is you want to
come, you want to come low, staying low, if you
can, put it on a hyzer. If you have a disc that’s
going to stay straight, similar to a Latitude 64 Culverin, I love these because I can
throw this really hard, nice and flat. And it will carry
straight, and then finish. So there are times when
you need that shot, and you just need to focus
on putting it on your line. So, I’m not, so make sure you work it in. But staying low, coming through here. If you watch Sarah Hokom,
Jeremy Koling, Nate Sexton, three of the best sidearm
players in the world, if not the best sidearm
players in the world, they all come very low. You don’t see people
throwing from up here, that’s going to ruin your shoulder, and you pulling over the top is going to mess up your
wrist and your elbow. So, save your body, come a little bit lower, and keep the disc on a hyzer, and like I said, you can start
to build more power into them and pull the disc and let them go a lot farther. Or you hit trees and
that’s always fun too. So, with the sidearm, I always focus on not rolling my wrist. That’s the hardest thing to do because it is so natural
of an athletic motion to roll your wrist and maybe your sidearm
already has taught you to roll your wrist which is fine, but it takes
time to build in the field and then on the course. So work on that. That’s some things I
suggest because it saves, you are going to save
your body and your arm and you’re going to feel
better about what you do and you’re going to learn this
and you’re going to be able to throw shots that
you didn’t have before. (technopop music)

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Dennis Veasley

16 thoughts on “Eric Oakley Disc Golf Clinic | Sidearm Throw”

  1. Great point about using something more U/S at 60% power to save your arm. That's something that is easy to forget because the O/S auto corrects for your form mistakes. Last summer, I had an epiphany with a Roadrunner, and I somehow forgot all about that!

  2. 5 years ago, I learned forehand incorrectly with a Monster. After a couple of years of throwing incorrectly, my shoulder started to hurt and I learned how to throw backhanded. This summer, I wanted to learn how to throw forehand correctly… and without shoulder pain. I started with a putter… a Judge. When flicking a putter, one almost has to pretend to play catch with a 7 year old. Once I could flick a Judge 100-150 feet with control… making it go flat, hyzer, and anhyzer… I went to midranges (using a Truth). I found that I was struggling to control my release point… until I heard the famous Dave Dunipace mention in an AMA that the secret to throwing a good sidearm is to always keep a good amount of thumb pressure on your disc. Once I started using more thumb pressure, my throws went farther and were more controlled. The last piece of my puzzle was to try to keep my elbow tucked in….and to follow through more that I was before. One of my favorite quotes from Mr Oakley was "Everybody throws different… everybody's body is different." Do the fieldwork to get better… don't expect to learn it on the course.

  3. Eric & DD, thanks for the great info, especially the warning about if it hurts…YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. I came to DG at 50+ at the urging of a group of guys from my church. We all suffered arm issues for several days following our Saturday morning get together in those early years; some guys stopped playing. I've learned a lot from watching videos like this, and now, in my early 60s, throw longer and with more control than ever, without pain. There's this one guy, who still throws longer and more consistent….looking forward to more lessons and tips to improve.

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