How To Throw A Frisbee Disc For Your Disc Dog

So you have a disc dog, a dog that loves chasing and catching Frisbee's or flying discs, but your just a touch iffy on getting your disc down the field without taking out fellow competitors or bird nests in the trees! Right? My first time on the disc dog toss and fetch field, I did just that... landed a disc (or two...) on competitors EZ-Ups... so I know where you're coming from!


Throw A Frisbee Disc

There are a million resources out there that tell you how to throw a Frisbee, or as we call them in the world of disc dogs, discs. Frisbee is a term that was copyrighted by Whamo, so flying disc or discs is the usual term used to refer to our Frisbees.

The basics of throwing are pretty easy, but I'm betting that you have more in mind than just throwing a disc. To be honest, how hard is it to lob a plastic plate at someone ten to twenty, or even thirty feed away? Right?

For some it can be a bit of a challenge, that is, until someone shows them the basic premise of what's happening when you throw a disc.

1 - First let's build up a tiny bit of confidence... 

If you have a catching partner, that's fine. Or if you just want to take a stab at it alone, have a target to toss at like a chair or a spot on the ground or a general area in the grass. Any of these will work while you're building up your skills.

Stand about six feet away from your "destination" and gently toss your disc to your partner or target. Boom. If you can do that, you're halfway there! Now you know you have the skill, you just have to refine it for longer tosses!

Now let's get a bit more serious.

2 -  Let's build up the distance you are about to throw, and back away from your target to about fifteen or twenty feet. That's all. Let's not get ahead of ourselves yet. That's to come!

Turn your body so that your throwing shoulder is facing your target... or your chest is pointed ninety degrees to the left/right of your target, depending on which hand you throw with. If you're right handed, you will turn left, with your right shoulder pointed at the target.

3 -  The basic delivery involves pulling your throwing arm back across your chest so that your disc is adjacent to your opposite shoulder then...

WAIT, how do I grip my flying disc Bruce?

Don't worry about that yet. All I want you to do is have fun trying to figure this out. We'll get to grips later!


A Point your throwing shoulder at your target,

B Pull your disc back from your target across your body, holding the disc adjacent or in front of your opposite or trailing shoulder,

C While holding the disc adjacent to your trailing shoulder, make sure your hand is on the outside of the disc, or holding the edge of the disc farthest away from your body. This will help you make a nice, slow wrist-snap for your release during the next phase of your delivery.

D Then reach for your target in a smooth, medium speed uncoiling of your arm and wrist, almost resulting in a snap of your wrist as you release your disc for flight. Let the disc spin off your fingers into the air.

E Let your follow of your release point your arm straight at your target. Meaning, once you have released the disc, your arm should be more or less pointing in the direction of where you want it to go, your target.

F As you get better with delivering your flying disc (Frisbee), you'll probably start backing up and creating more distance between you and your partner or target. As you add distance, as you try to get the disc to your catch partner, you might start muscling it to make it go that far. But it's already spinning and using the physics it's been designed with, to fly itself, to some degree.

So as you add distance to your target, pick a nice, wide spot on the grass between you and your catching partner to throw over. Humans tend to relax more when they aren't trying to hit a tiny target, so picking a patch of grass to put your disc over while delivering it will help you relax your shot and ultimately your skills.

How to throw a Frisbee disc for your disc dog

Now if this did not ANY make sense what-so-ever, that's OK, I made a video that pretty much spells out all of this, just in case the words don't make sense. Trust me, I get it if they didn't.

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Points to Remember:

First off, no matter what level of flying disc master you are at, remember, it's not the power, it's the execution of the delivery that counts. If you try to throw really hard, you tend to muscle or overpower a good release and things go funky like your disc making right arcing turns in the sky and what not.

Disc Rotation is a prime component to helping a disc fly.

Muscling to throw farther can muck up your aiming. Keep it easy and relaxed. Distance will come as you refine what works for you.