Yesterday’s recap was focused on dialing in the Foot Brush and Weightless throws primarily with the simple clock and counter Go Around. The actual Flatwork, primarily a Front Cross, had to be set aside to focus on delivering the throw. Today’s session will include the Front Crosses and flowing Flatwork and try to make the throws in live play with good placement and timing.
Clock and Counter
In the video, clock and counter are denoted by arrows in the top corner: Green for the Clockwise Flank and Blue for the Counter Clock Flank.
I’ve decided to make the Foot Brush to Eppie on the Clock Flank and will be making the Weightless throw, the spinny one from the palm of my hand, to the Counter Clock Flank.
The Front Cross is used to control the dog’s movement and to get on the proper flank for the next toss. This is not a free flowing or free release pattern, and not a Zig Zag. Epic is being turned and guided in on the desired flank after every throw.
Shaping and Going With the Flow
This is kind of tough as Eppie is a fairly well balanced dog, meaning he goes both clock and counter pretty easily. The field we’re playing on exerts a lot of pressure on the dog, and Eppie is very likely to go in either direction based upon the direction of the disc on catch and the spot on the field where the catch is made.
Planning the throws while working the dog puts a bit of stress on the handler. We’re not just running a pattern, but are working together throughout the entire movement. This puts a lot of stress on the handler and the team to make good reads and good decisions well before any throw is made and puts timing on the back burner until it’s time to throw. There is a reason I chose to simply work from the Go Around yesterday and focus on the delivery of the throws.
Doing all of this handling to switch directions while trying to keep things in frame for the camera and delivering a couple of difficult tosses is a lot to keep track of.
All that said, I felt pretty comfortable with today’s session. It was hard, but totally manageable. Which is a big improvement from the norm and should help us pull this stuff off on the fly in true, unscripted freestyle jams in the future. That would be awesome.
Speed Kills, Eppie… Easy Cheetah…
Eppie is running too hard on both flanks after the Front Cross. I’ve got to slow him down a bit. I’ve got two plans for this:
- Think I’ll use disc placement by throwing slightly behind him on his line and/or too high.
- Freeze the Flank and/or withhold the throw.
Need to Get Out on the Big Field
I need to get out on the “big field”. The pressure of the narrow field that we’re playing on here makes Flatwork patterns a bit weird. We could use some space and lack of pressure to get a bit more of a natural release after catch and a more natural retrieve.