[UPDATED] Throwing Form Project: A Video Archive Of Elite Throwers’ Mechanics

New videos have been added to the collection.

Johnny Bravo’s Jimmy Mickle winds up for a huck. Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Last fall, I attended Club Nationals as a spectator/media person for Michigan High Five. While I was there, I decided that I would try to get a start on a project I’ve been thinking about for a while, where I film various elite throwers throwing from different angles.

My inspiration for this project is pretty simple. As a player who spends a lot of time working on my throws, I have found that watching elite throwers make throws is the easiest way for me to improve. As a young player, I watched guys like Alex Thorne and Nick Lance and tried to emulate their throwing styles. Even now, as I try to master new throws in new situations, watching other elite throwers gives me an easy way to visualize these throws being made.

I published the first set of videos in the Spring but had a chance to get some more footage (big thanks to Charles Cleary) at College Nationals. I’ve now added Jimmy Mickle, Hayley Wahlroos, Pat Earles, and Max Thorne to the collection.

RELATED: Kyle Weisbrod’s Four-Part Series On The Forehand

I hope that anyone that reads this will consider trying to add to this collection. If you happen to have a camera, go out and film somebody! It only takes a few minutes per person, and the value it may provide to players around the world could be huge. And, although I focused on just forehands and backhands, it would be great to see some other throws, pulls, etc. added on here as well. Get filming!

The full throwing form collection is available on Ultiworld’s YouTube channel. Some of the new videos are embedded below. Contact us at video@ultiworld.com if you are interested in adding additional videos to the collection.

Jimmy Mickle (Backhands)

Mickle Backhands

Hayley Wahlroos (Forehands)

Wahlroos Forehands

Pat Earles (Forehands)

Earles Forehands

  1. Joseph Marmerstein

    Joseph Marmerstein started playing ultimate as a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied biomedical engineering and captained WashU Contra. A native of Cleveland, he has played with Lake Effect, caSTLe, Smokestack, Temper, and the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. He is now a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, where he coaches the women's team.

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