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How To Throw an Aerobie Skylighter (or any other flying disc or Frisbee)

These instructions are for playing catch with the Aerobie Skylighter, as well as any other flying disc or Frisbee. This is not the same type of disc used for disc golf.

The most important thing to remember when throwing a Skylighter is to throw it level to the ground. Sometimes you may need to tilt it slightly away from being level due to crosswind, but even a very tiny tilt away from level will make a big difference in where the Skylighter flies to. Crosswinds are sometimes better dealt with by aiming the Skylighter somewhat away from the catcher and towards the wind, then throwing the Skylighter in its usual, level position.

"But I already throw the Skylighter level and it still doesn't go straight."
Look directly at the Skylighter when you are throwing it, instead of looking at whoever you are throwing it to. Watch the disc just at the moment it leaves your fingers: Is it level at that moment, or is it tilted to one side? Even if you are mentally concentrating on pointing your hand to be level while you throw your Skylighter, the way you grip or release the disc may throw it off at the last fraction of a second.

"Okay, my Skylighter does get barely crooked when I release it, but what can I do about it?"
Try holding it a little bit differently. Try not to hook your thumb or knuckle under the Skylighter's spoiler. It is more comfortable to carry that way, but it makes the disc go over your thumb or knuckle like a ramp when you let go.
If that doesn't help, maybe your throw needs some work. Throwing a Skyligher or a Frisbee should use your whole body, not just your arm. Here's how:

  • Start by facing 90 degress left from the direction you want the Skylighter to go, but your eyes never leave your target (unless you are watching to make sure you are throwing the Skylighter level).
  • Turn your right foot 45 dergrees to the right (halfway towards your target).
  • Hold the Skylighter and your forearm horizontally across your chest (the Skylighter should be roughly in front of and below you left chest), and put most of your weight on your left foot.
  • Now you are cocked and loaded, like a wound-up clock spring. The trick now is to let all the parts of the spring unwind at the same time. Your left foot, hips, torso, arms and shoulders should all twist back to the direction you are aiming at the same time before you release the Skylighter projectile to hurtle down is perfectly aim flight path, directly into the open and outstretched catcher, who now regards your newly obtained super-Skylighter throwing skills in drop-jawed, bug-eyed awe.

    The idea here is not to go through the first steps, aim, turn back to facing the target, then throw. No, no, no. Do it all at once, like a big wound-up spring! Like an opera singer throwing his arm up to accent a "FI-GA-ROOoOOoOO!!!!" Like a liquored up pimp backhandin' his ho! Not like a little girl throwing bean bags at the school carnival. That will not get a straight throw, let alone bug-eyed awe.


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