Precision and Accuracy Drill – Throwing Floaters

Precision & Accuracy Drill @ 6m03s

The video lays it out pretty well. We didn’t have a lot of wind here on the day of filming, so the discs were not hovering as well as they should have, but that’s life, Mother Nature is a cruel mistress…


Hang the disc on the pole from a distance of 8-10 yards.


Some kind of vertically oriented target (preferably a pole) and 10 discs.


Face the wind and throw floaters at a vertical target that approximates your dog’s maximum leaping height. For most dogs this will be somewhere between four to five feet off the ground. Attempt to hang the disc on top of the target.

Hitting the pole is not enough, a couple of the tosses that Apryl and I made were on target, but were not floating enough, they were running. If the disc is running through the target, the dog will not be enticed to leap. If she is on a path to intercept the disc, the short span of time that the disc spends at the target will make creating and executing a plan very difficult.

Why Into the Wind?

Throw into the wind to keep the disc at the target for the longest time possible (target=distance, height and time). A lack of wind means that a floater will hover for less time as was the case in the video above, but it’s still possible to deliver a floating disc that will entice our dog into leaping.

Most new players and players that lack throwing confidence often avoid throwing into the wind, as throwing into the wind magnifies any technical or mechanical mistakes made. Precision and accuracy drills must be done into the wind. Again, it’s not just about placement, it’s about time. Throwing down wind decreases the amount of float and reduces the amount of time the disc spends around the target.

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  1. Give this drill a quick workout over the next couple days to get your feet wet then we’ll offer some additional instruction to refine the skill.

  2. Good video guys! I can’t understand people who avoid throwing into the wind. It’s a challenge when overcome that will improve throwing so much.

    Ron I do have to comment on the hat though! Very up Hippy *laugh*. I will think of it every time some US person makes fun of us Cadadians and our hats ; )

    1. You guys like the hat, eh?
      A client/friend of ours makes them for charity. They are wool and very, very nice. I like the pigtails… I’ll have to break out my maroon muffler one of these vids…

      Gear… it’s all about the proper gear… the style is the icing on the cake.

  3. I just worked on the drill…totally cool!! I got a little wind movement and you could totally see the difference in the disc! I didn’t hang one yet but I had one spin around the pole by its rim and then fall off! Very cool drill.

  4. HI Ron
    Here is my precission drill Floater attempts.This is part one
    part two will be Interceptions and step,step, jump
    I think I’m stoping and pulling back at release to create spin
    but not sure.

    1. Looks great, Jeff.
      Not to add any undue complexity to the skill, guys, but that thumb turning down really helps set that wing up which makes it easier to float these discs.
      Nice job!

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