Disc Golf: Get More Spin on Your Throws

Training yourself on how to fly a disc on disc golf can be taxing— it is more complex than most people think. There are lots of specific movements, positioning, and external factors that could either make a good or bad spin.

To increase the spins on throws, you have to position your wrist outside of the disc as much as you can. Toward the throw’s end, your hand can automatically be positioned to the disc’s front. This is when you’ll see your disc increasing its spins while on the air.

The Science Behind Increasing Disc Spins

The science of flying a disc is comparable to a cross in between a wing and a gyroscope. A wing can work by having different lengths at the bottom and topsides. The air freely flows over the lengthier surface faster, and this creates a low-pressure current on the wing’s top surface.

The high-pressure current is created in the region under the wing. When this happens, the wing will move away from the high-pressure area and into the low-pressure part. As a natural result, the wing will automatically lift into the air.

Discs are also like gyroscopes because they utilize gyroscopic inertia. Gyroscopic inertia is possible to have gyroscopes maintaining their spinning motion in the same area without turning or twisting. Without the spin, discs become inherently unstable, making them extremely vulnerable to atmospheric pressure. Likewise, without speed, discs will not be lifted into the air. Therefore, with the presence of both speed and spins, you can obtain a stable disc flight.

The combination will significantly vary in every disc because discs have varying wing shapes. The gyroscope and the wing also welcome other factors because these two parts are dependent on each other. One of the most obvious factors that affect the combination is the disc’s torque.

If your disc will spin clockwise and move forward (looking from the top view), the disc’s left side will move faster than its right side. Likewise, there will be a corresponding decline in pressure over the disc’s left side, causing that side to create greater lift.

As a result, the disc will twist clockwise (from the back view). Again, gyroscopic inertia works to react to this; so, the more spins, the greater the inertia.

How to Increase Spins on Throws?

Aside from proper and consistent training, increasing your disc spins is more intricate than you might think it could be. In order to understand how to increase the number of spins on every throw, you have to dwell on these specific factors that can affect it.

Rotation angle

Aside from the number of spins in a throw, another major factor that affects the throw distance and accuracy is the estimated difference between the disc’s plane angle and the disc’s spin angle. As you might have observed during your training sessions, your disc wobbles during the early parts of its take-off, and this will be considered a problem.

Supposedly, your disc should spin wobble-free and flat. If you, as the thrower, position your disc at the flat plane disc angle, it will expectedly wobble and be unstable. The lack of control will become more apparent when beginner players are trained for the air bounce in which their discs are hurled downwards.

When released, their thumb should be dragged across their disc’s trailing edge. This will result in a slower upward flight. The player’s wrist is positioned at a sharper angle, and inexperienced ones usually find moving their arm while spinning their disc through their wrist extremely difficult.

Again, this results in a wobbly flight. A lack of spin and an unstable flight has no immediate solution. The cure for high backhand release and air bounce is consistent practice. A player’s wrist should be given the time to adjust and master the art of spinning at a different position from that of their arm.

A lot of experienced players apply a controlled loopy backswing. However, they’re able to position their arm and wrist in the right line before they release the disc. Again, this can only be mastered through practice.


The disc’s speed is actually one of the major factors that can affect how far and stable a disc flight can be and how fast it hits the goal. The stability of disc flights varies as they get faster; likewise, the disc range’s stability is determined by the disc’s spin rate and shape.

Most of the discs that are utilized for hurling to other players (Frisbee) are stable because they travel into the air in a flat position. On the other hand, golf discs aren’t often stable because they tend to travel in a flat position only for short periods.

The rest of the flight periods are when the disc banks either one way or the other. Most beginners find it a lot easier to obtain more spins using their backhand. With that, most of them will also hurl through the backhand side.


Undeniably, wind causes a significant impact on all controlled factors. The amount of impact depends on the direction the disc is being thrown from. Nevertheless, the most important thing to understand about external factors is, no matter how strong the wind is while you’re playing disc golf, there’s no wind current near the ground.

So, the closer you position your throw to the ground, the lesser the wind can impact its take-off. This only means that to avoid the wind’s impact on your disc flight, you have to throw it as close as possible to the ground.

However, always aim the throw slightly upwards so that it would hit the goal. This practicable technique should be done when the winds outside are strong enough to challenge you. In that way, you would know the importance and the applicability of this technique.

Final Thoughts

Obtaining more spins will allow your disc flight to become more speedy, stable, and accurate. By knowing and understanding the physics behind a successful disc flight, you will apply that knowledge during your practice sessions. With proper hand and wrist positioning, execution, and the ability to minimize the impact of external factors, you can always achieve a good throw.