How To Hold The Disc


Frisbee golf discs are different than ordinary Frisbees and therefore they are held differently. There are many different ways to hold the discs and the grips vary depending on if you are driving, approaching, or putting. The grip also varies if you are throwing backhand or forehand. Backhand throws are the most basic and usually best suited for beginner and intermediate players; therefore, only backhand grips will be presented here.

Driving Backhand Grips

When driving, the grip is very strong and firm and is often referred as the power grip. The strength of the power grip comes from one side of the discs being pressed firmly against the palm with the thumb on top and the other fingers underneath. There are many variations of the power grip but the most basic is the Four-Finger power grip.

Four-Finger Power Grip:Four-Finger Power Grip In this grip, the four fingers tips underneath the disc are all pressed firmly against the inside rim. The thumb is then pressed firmly down on top of the disc. The thumb can either be extended towards the middle of the disc or along the edge of the disc. Please note that even though all the fingers are pressed firmly against the disc, they are not pressed so strongly that the fingers cramp or hurt1.

Split Power/Fork Grip:Split Power/Fork Grip This grip combines accuracy with power. It is one of the most commonly used grips by professional disc golfers. The grip is similar to the four-finger power grip where the 2nd, 3rd and pinkie fingers are pressed firmly against the wall of the rim. However, the index finger is hooked underneath the rim. More pressure is placed near the knuckle of the index finger instead of the finger pad. The thumb is placed on the top of the Frisbee. To obtain more accuracy, the thumb can be positioned closer to the rim edge1.

Birdie Grip:Birdie Grip This grip provides the most accuracy of all the power grips; however, some power is lost due to the added accuracy. The grip starts out just like the four-finger power grip but with the birdie finger extended towards the middle of the underside of the disc. The other finger pads are pressed firmly against the inside wall of the rim1.

Approach and Putting Backhand Grips

The approaching and putting grips are less firm then the driving grip and have more of a loose feel to it. For these grips, the thumb and other fingers pinch the disc instead of pressing firmly. Also, the edge of the disc is not pressed as firmly against the palm as is the case with the driving grip. The best grips for approaching and putting are two different variations on the Fan Grip.

Fan Grip – Index Finger Wrapped:Fan Grip – Index Finger Wrapped This grip is great for a long approach. With this grip, the thumb remains pitched on the top of the disc while the pinky is pinched a long the inner rim. The index finger is slightly wrapped under the birdy and fourth finger both of which are extended towards the middle underside of the disc. All fingers lightly pinch the disc1.

Fan Grip – Index Finger on Bottom of Rim Edge:Fan Grip - Index Finger on Bottom of Rim Edge This is the best grip for putting and provides great accuracy. The grip is the same as the previous Fan Grip but instead of wrapping the index finger underneath the birdy, it is extended and placed on the bottom edge of the rim1.



Sources

  1. Dave Dunipace, “Grips used for Disc Golf,” Innova Disc Golf, http://www.innovadiscs.com/tips/davesgripsmain.html.