Question:I've been playing for about a year now and I have distance but not so accurate yet. What disc do you recomend for someone with my experience to gain accuracy and still keep my distance? Right now I have a Blizzard Champion Ape, DX Dragon, DX Beast and a Champion Sidewinder. Thanks in advance, Kasey.
I would recommend that you try one of the new Champion or Star Terns, they are very easy to throw and they go a long ways. You might ask yourself why I didn’t just say get an Avery Jenkins Star Destroyer… that’s because it’s not a disc that every player can handle as it’s more of a disc for professionals or players with lots arm speed.
But if you are feeling that the Tern is just a little too under stable for you, then of course I would recommend the Star Destroyer because of it’s predictable flight characteristics and tremendous glide. It’s not the fastest disc on the market but it’s a disc that you can count on. Or it might be best to try out some other player’s discs and see how their discs fly before buying one of your own.
You ultimately want to find a disc that continues to carry forward throughout the entire flight of the disc without fading or turning too hard at the end. The greater the carry, the greater the distance down the fairway.
Question:Hey Avery I'm 15 and this is my fourth season (2010-2013) playing disc golf. I have been throwing the Destroyer for the last two years, first in DX, then Champ, then Blizzard, now AJ Star, and have liked it a lot, though I often use a beat Echo XCaliber or a Star Teedevil on the course for max distance. I can throw 400' fairly easily, (even with a teebird) and my record is somewhere around 450-460 feet with the Star Teedevil. Do you think that a Speed 13 disc will improve my distance, or would it be too fast for me to throw well? Why don't you throw a disc faster than the Destroyer?
That’s a great question! I notice that a lot of players want to throw the fastest discs available because they really think that it will give that added distance, which it will sometimes but it can also sacrifice some accuracy as well.
I definitely think that you should at least try out a Speed 13 Driver because you may really like it and it might be just what you’re looking for to add to your game at this point. But always realize that the name of the game is keeping the drives down the middle of the fairway, I would always prefer to be slightly shorter in the fairway than longer in the rough.
When selecting a Distance Driver, it’s about finding a disc that offers a great combination of speed, glide, consistent flight and accuracy. For me and several other top professional players, the speed 12 Destroyer is the Distance Driver of choice because it provides all of the attributes along with great feel in the hand.
Sure, there are faster Discs on the market but the consistent flight and controllability of the Destroyer make it a disc that you can always count on for those long distance and accurate shots.
Question:Hi Avery, I've heard that to improve distance you really need to be able to throw higher lines (30'+) to give your disc enough space to really work. When I try to hit a higher line on a distance shot, I often end up throwing the disc a little nose up and I lose a lot of distance. Currently for my distance shots I generally throw a star wraith a little under 400', but throw it no more than 15' off the ground, and usually on a dead-straight, laser beam type of line. What's the key to throwing higher lines and gaining more distance? Thanks, Johnny B.
Yes, it’s true that you need to have the proper height on your shots in order to maximize your distance but too much or too little height will really make a huge difference. You always need to concentrate on keeping your wrist in the downward locked position even when you elevate your shot and release angle, this is usually the fixes the the problem of exaggerating the nose up release.
Focus on gaining the height on your shots by choosing your line, find the release angle of the disc and match that with your arm angle during the pull through. By keeping your wrist locked downward this will allow you come over the top on your shot, pushing that nose of the disc down and flying at the preferred height driving forward.
It’s definitely going to take some practice and I wish you the best of luck with your throwing sessions in the field.
Question:My home course's front 9 is littered with low hanging trees, most of the holes force you to throw a drive that can stay under 10'. Is seems like this hinders the development of those really long drives, do you have any tips to play long holes while keeping the discs out of the trees?
The trick to throwing lower line-drive shots is really committing to keeping your shots at shoulder level throughout the throwing motion. From the pull through to the follow through make sure that the nose of the disc is slightly downward. You must focus on driving the disc forward, locking your wrist in a downward position and following through in the line of the shot. This will keep your drives at lower trajectories and right down the middle of the fairway.
If you really want to work on gaining distance then is sounds like you need leave the constraints of your home course and play other courses that allow you to open up on some drives.
Question:Hey Avery, I know you are one of the biggest arms in the game. But, in the first Deep in the Game video, you said that you have had trouble putting. Seeing as how my first disc was a Star Beast, I developed distance quick out of necessity, but never got down a solid routine for putting. What was the routine you used, other than hours of practice, to gain consistency? If I want to start winning more, I gotta putt for the dough.
To become a better putter it definitely comes down to keeping your technique simple, finding a consistent routine and committing to dedicated practice. It starts with a solid base and wide balanced stance when lining up the putt, shifting your weight, extending your arm & hand towards the basket, reaching for the chains with a clean release and always following through.
Focus on really locking down a wide balance stance and minimizing any unnecessary body movements. Next you must concentrate on shifting your body weight from back to front, keeping on your toes and pushing with your legs. Use your body shift to produce power while driving and extending your arm forward towards the basket and lifting your back leg to maintain that balance without falling forward. You must really reach for the basket with a clean release and always remember that the disc goes where the hand goes as you reach for the center of the chains.
It’s important to find a routine that works the best for you and commitment to dedicated practice sessions in order to develop a consistent, predictable Putt that will put you in position to win Disc Golf Tournaments in the future!
Question:Hi Avery, I've been watching a lot of "in my bag" videos to see what the pros are throwing and almost every pro who's on the Innova team or isn't under contract with another disc maker uses destroyers for their distance driver. Why so many destroyers? Why not a Boss, PD, PD2, Xcaliber, etc? Personally I love my Boss and Xcal. Thanks D.A.A.
This is a great question and a question that I get asked quite frequently!
When selecting a Distance Driver, it’s about finding a disc that offers a great combination of speed, glide, consistent flight and accuracy. For me and several other top professional players, the Destroyer is the Distance Driver of choice because it provides all of those attributes along with great feel in the hand.
Sure, there are faster discs on the market but the consistent flight and accuracy of the Destroyer make it a disc that you can always count on for those long fairway shots.
Question:I've been playing for about 8 years and still can't figure out how to throw a "Roller". Is there any chance that you or one of the other pros do a video on how to throw one and what type of discs work best.
Yes, the Roller is definitely something that any player should learn if they are looking to increase the development of the game. It’s not a throw that I personally use a lot, except for on wide open courses with nice manicured fairways.
Typically a broken in, understable disc works the best for throwing roller shots because they’re able to turn over fairly easy into the ground to produce the roller. You also have to keep in mind that you need to really lean back during the arm swing to create that incredible arching angle with your body, which also allows you to create that turn over angle with the disc.
This is a very athletic move that requires lots and lots of practice in order to perfect. I totally agree that an instructional video should be done on the roller shot because it’s challenging to try to describe in writing, but best shown in action.
Question:Is there anything special that could be done to break in discs faster especially star? I have a pro beast that is beat in pretty well, but i found that one suspended above a stream? How do i my star destroyer to get beaten in fatser?
Well, it’s obvious that different plastics have different durabilities depending on the densities of those plastic compounds. The Champion and Star Plastic are by far the most durable plastics that Innova makes compared to the DX and Pro Line.
If you want your Discs to break in faster, DX and Pro Line Plastics will offer you that quicker conditioning of the disc, along with providing outstanding grip. But, if you intend on breaking in a Star Destroyer, then you need to throw that Disc a lot and play multiple rounds of Disc Golf.