Knowing how your dog moves is the key to Team Movement and flow in disc dog freestyle. This knowledge requires more than just chucking discs and picking up more and requires more than just drawing up and practicing your routine. Check out this quick discussion with Jack Fahle, founder of the UpDog Challenge to hear a bit more about the topic of reading your disc dog.
Ron Watson lays out some key tips to throwing the behind the back and under the leg backhand throw with discs.
Using the body as flick and positioning and cuing the body make both of these throws much more successful and much more functional, even in windy conditions.
A discussion on the aesthetics and performance of disc dog shapes from a comment on the Pawsitive Vybe Disc and Dogs Blog.
Welcome to Episode 18 of DiscDogger Weekly, aka: Season 2 Episode 8. This week we’re focused on Shapes – how the dog, handler, disc, and team move and move together in space and time – and throwing.
How and where we throw the disc has great bearing on how and where our dog moves. This sounds elementary, but the application of this knowledge is not nearly as simple as it sounds. Or maybe it is just as simple, it’s just not super easy to understand.
Disc Dog Flatwork and Shapes are related but not the same thing. Just because you have good flatwork doesn’t mean you will have good shapes and vice versa. It is possible to have great Shapes and poor Flatwork. As it is possible to have great Flatwork and poor Shapes.
A judged subcategory in UpDog, Shapes are not well understood in disc dog freestyle. That said, they do have bearing in your score in other organizations depending upon the judges sitting on the panel and they definitely impact your flow and Team Movement.
Flying discs are magical missile objects. They seem to move in an impossible manner. It is this impossible movement that attracts people to the flight of a flying disc and disc play in general. Cool throws need not be difficult things and the coolest throws are often quite simple.
For many throwers, old and new alike, Hyzer and Anhyzer are like some kind of paranormal activity, like ghosts they are completely visible but ephemeral and difficult to understand. For those that are initiated and understand the concepts practical applications of the skills are often hard to find. Enter Catch with Curves…
Throw as many 42 yard throws as you want and you can still be surprised and affected by your rampaging frizbeast bolting up field and pressuring your throw. If only there were some way to practice Toss N Fetch throws under that kind of pressure… Well, grab a few discs and a partner and head on out to the field.