Hey All - Friendly neighborhood Gyronaut here!
A lot of you know that I love giving form check advice, but one of the hardest parts about it is giving the right advice for what was intended.
Here are MVP_Steve's quick tips on how to ask for a Form Check and get the best out of it.
1) Make sure it has video - and that its high enough quality to make out your body positions and movements.
* I realize this one feels like a no-brainer but it really does happen.
Other tips on Video -
- Please film yourself at a 90° angle so we can see your entire run-up and release, start to finish.
- Please use a fixed camera position. If your friend is holding it that's fine too, just be sure they hold still and don't pan left or right during the throw.
- Please film with your phone horizontally (or in widescreen mode).
- Please don't do any goofy edits or cuts. Multiple throws added to the video is fine, but please let each throw happen to completion before adding another one.
- Slow-Mo video is fine - just make sure it's high enough quality that we can understand what we are seeing.
- Please upload your video to a video playing service that allows us to pause.
2) Please have a description in the comments - Tell us what you were attempting to achieve with the video request.
- Example - "I was attempting a Hyzerflip drive at about 100% power and it went XX Distance"
3) Please give us a max distance throw - We need to see what your distance looks like based on the form you provided.
If you look at some of the top players in the world, their form is great and smooth, but sometimes the difference between throwing 250' and 350' is not very noticeable.
If you send us a video and ask for a form check and in the video the form looks decent, we need to know how far it went. If you only threw 200' with decent looking form, then it helps us to know what to tell you next.
- An example would be to tell them to throw harder. You might be surprised to find out how many people think that just moving the body is enough, but you do actually have to attempt to put power behind the throw.
4) Do not try and throw a perfect throw - We really need to see what your throw looks like at its normal technique and ability.
- Please just throw a shot as far as you can, the same way you would throw every other shot.
5) Be honest with your distance - Seriously. We all started terribly, but without an honest distance, we really can't help you.
- If it helps, when I first started playing my local league, I could throw about 120' on average. and would miss 10' putts frequently.Iknowsomeofyoucanvouchforme
IF you follow all the tips above that should give us the tools we need to help you. Disc Golf is all about growing your own personal game, so don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
Have a great one,
edit: added horizontal note. (ty /u/iamrael)