Cheap, Effective Way to Improve Your Ultimate Accuracy

If you have ever played ultimate, you know that there are times where you definitely need to improve your accuracy when making throws, especially for throws you just are not as confident with. There are numerous programs out there that have you throw obscene amounts in order to get you more comfortable throwing them, which will improve accuracy. These programs are fine and all, but for someone who is not seriously competing, or just does not have a ton of time: this is not the way to go.

Luckily, there exists a solution for this problem, and, it’s cheap. Many people are familiar with the backyard game: ladder ball. If you are not, you should be. It consists of two goal ladderballgoalposts (called “ladders”) that have three different poles running horizontally across them. So, this creates three different open spaces at varying heights, and if you cannot see how that might be useful for ultimate players, you will soon realize.

Naturally, these three open spaces make for a great target because the disc will fly straight through it, if it does not touch any of the poles. What I have found best to do is to use two of these ladders: one at close range, and one further out, and attempt to throw a disc through the one of the spots on the closer one, and one through the same spot on the further one. This will be difficult at first, especially if you are not that accurate to begin with, but, you will get significantly better over time.

The best part of this accuracy practice program is that it is cheap. Buying the ladders themselves can run around $30, and you can make them for even cheaper if you have the time.

Is this going to make you the best player ever? Probably not. But it will give you a good basis for working on accuracy and will improve your confidence with throwing. Especially as winter approaches here, these have become useful in moving indoors and working on more specific skills, rather than just playing pickup all the time.

Progression Plan:

  1. One disc through each slot in a row.
  2. One disc through each slot, alternating distance.
  3. Two discs through each slot in a row.
  4. Two discs through each slot, alternating distance.
  5. Adding fakes and catch and go movements.
  6. Varying distances significantly.
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