Saturday, May 5, 2018

Have Trouble With Your X-Step? Here's Why

Depending on your level of athleticism when you started playing disc golf, you may have jumped straight to using an x-step or perhaps you fine-tuned your skills while using a standstill shot. If the latter rings true for you, but you’re ready to start integrating some more movement into your drives, how do you make the transition?

Often times adding extra footwork can over complicate your mental process and where you once had success with a standstill throw, your x-step isn’t quite on the same level. We’ve asked Danny Lindahl to break down some key tips to consider:

  • Make sure your first few steps are smaller rather than trying to cover a lot of ground on the tee pad
  • Keeping your feet sideways up until your reach back will help keep your body in proper alignment
  • Don’t reach back prematurely - your side should be in line with your target until you start to completely rotate your upper body 
Take your time learning the x-step and don’t expect that you’ll get maximum distance with it right away. As we’ve all heard time and time again, a huge element in making this movement successful has to do with timing, so the more you practice the easier it will come to you. If you’d like to see Danny demonstrate the best ways to execute the x-step, check out his video here.

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