To become better at playing disc golf, we’ll need to be good at playing mid-range. That’s why in this article, we are going to share with you some of the best disc golf mid-range tips that you can try starting today! All these tips have taken my disc golf-playing skill to the next level and I am pretty sure they will take yours too. Also, I have answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding playing disc golf at mid-range.
So, let’s start!
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Disc Golf Mid-Range Tips:
Mid-range shots can be different for different kinds of people as they can be thrown in different ways and they can be thrown with different discs. So you must make a decision about what disc and what type of approach is suitable for you.
First, you need to pay attention to the way you are going to hold the disc as it is not a Putter Drive. The disc itself is a great blend of both which we are calling mid-range. So, the style of holding the disc will be a balance of both types.
As ‘driver grip’, is also known as ‘combination grip’, is a combination of power grip as well as fan grip, the first four fingers should grip the rim of the disc tightly while the other fingers should come in on the flight plate.
In the case of a Putter grip, all of the fingers are just kept on the flight plate and the leading edge finger is kept on the rim to keep the disc flat and let it go towards the basket straight.
By combining these two grips, we can get the approach grip or mid-range grip. For the mid-range grip, you’ll need to bring the first finger up instead of holding it down underneath the disc while the other fingers should hold the flight plate. This creates a great combination of control as well as power.
Proper disc selection is also mandatory to get accurate mid-range shots. Discraft Buzz a great controllable mid-range disc that has a nice straight flight. Furthermore, right at the end, it is slightly overstable. This disc is best suitable for the right-hand players as it is going to move straight from right to the left towards the target. If you need some understable shot or you need to make a hyzer line shot, then you can choose Meteor or Stratus discs. These discs will also help you to select shots when you do not have much room towards the basket from the mid-range. So there are a lot of discs that you can choose and a lot of approaches that you can take for the mid-range shots!
Now we are going to talk about the techniques of the mid-range shot. Remember,mid-range shots are not a drive where we try to generate power in our throw. All we are trying to do now is get the disc from our point to the basket in a nice smooth consistent fashion as we were looking for control. There are actually two different ways where you can get that control. The most common one is from a standing position where your body is not moving at all and all you are doing is just kind of twisting motion to get greater control.
Sometimes it can be difficult for you to throw from a standing position because of the miss-timing of your body movements. Also, there are times when the upper body and lower body don’t tune in perfectly. So when you are just standing, it is difficult to throw with control as your body is not in synchronicity.
There is a compact running approach with which you can have a smooth and controlled throw. With this approach, your lower body gets much more involved with the mid-range shot thus synchronizing with the upper body. The weight transfer helps to keep the release point of the disc where you want it to be. This is one of the most convenient disc golf mid-range tips that you can follow!
I have seen many disc golfer players making a silly mistake. The mistake is stopping your body suddenly just before you release the disc. If you make such a mistake, you are definitely going to lose some of your control and waste your power. So, just like your drive you need to let your body follow around before releasing the disc.
Whether you are using the standing position or the compact run-up, there are a couple of key things to remember for getting a good mid-range shot. Always remember, when you are aiming for a nice straight shot, your wrist needs to follow your arm keeping everything lined up.
For a turnover shot, start from your disc holding hand’s opposite shoulder rather than trying to bend the wrist. This way you are going to able to get that flight path you want.
Few audiovisual strategies/tips are available below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does by the numbers and letters that appear on the backside of the discs mean?
Answer: The numbers and letters that we see on the backside of the discs denote the weight of the disc in grams. And the model of the discs is also an abbreviation of them.
Q. What should be the optimum weight of a disc?
Answer:165 to 175 grams.
Q. Why do the discs contain flight rating numbers?
Answer: So that you can compare one disc’s performance with others using Speed, Turn, Glide, etc parameters. Also, you’ll be able to know the flight characteristics of the disc.
Q. What means stable, overstable and understable?
Answer: The flight path of the disc is known as stability. For the straight path tendency of the disc, it is stable. If the disc turns right (for a right-handed thrower) at high speed it is understable. And if it turns left at either higher or lower speed it is overstable.
So, I hope by now you have a clear idea on how to make a perfect mid-range shot. All the disc golf mid-range tips shared in this article will definitely help you to become a better disc golf player but this does not mean that all are covered here. You will get other tips with further study and practice. Even you may have some better ideas than those shared here. So, any idea/recommendation/suggestion you have are welcome to share with us.