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by ProPull Disc Golf
December 14, 2017
Almost every player I talk to about disc speed immediately thinks of maximum driver distance. That's not surprising when we see Simon Lizotte park a 726 ft Par 4 in the Glass Blown Open for a tap-in eagle.
Throwing a disc over 700 feet takes some serious disc speed.
The problem is that our thinking about disc speed is shaped too much by max distance. So much of maximum driving distance is affected by technique and the mechanics related to the X-Step. Is your X-Step too long, too short, or even too fast? When do your hips open, are you in balance?
This information is important and you do need to have an idea how far you can throw a disc because it tells you how stable a disc you should be throwing when you throw as hard as you can.
But ... and it's a big but...Disc Speed & Arm Speed is so much more than maximum driver distance.
The bigger question is what's your arm speed when you have to throw a tee shot through a tight line between trees or when you have to stay behind your marker on a 250-300 ft shot from the fairway.
These "control power" shots are mainly arm speed pulls and they make up a huge number of shots on most courses.
It is true that increasing your disc speed will give you more distance on your driver, but more importantly it will give you more distance in your "control power" game.