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A Beginner's Guide to How To Throw A Frisbee

How to Throw A Frisbee

How to Throw A Frisbee

Learn How To Throw A Frisbee and Have Some Summertime Fun!

For the curious, this page will show you how to throw a frisbee in a step-by-step manner that is perfect for a beginner. You can teach a child how to throw a frisbee or teach yourself.

To go along with the written instructions, you will also find some fun pictures plus links to more information to help you continue learning once you've mastered the basics.

You will also find a couple of nice Wham-O frisbees to buy from Amazon along with some excellent frisbee books, a DVD and a video.

When you are done on this page, you might like to check out If It's Not A Wham-O Frisbee, It's Not A Frisbee to see a larger assortment of frisbees.


How Old Should You Be Before You Learn To Throw A Frisbee?

Throwing a Frisbee is not hard but you do need to have some coordination. If your child is pretty easy going, you could start as young as five-years old but if you want them to be able to master frisbee throwing, you might want to wait a bit longer than that.

Basic Techniques For Throwing A Frisbee

These frisbee throwing instructions are basic and are meant to be used for a child. I have adapted them from a book called Catch A Fish, Throw A Ball, Fly A Kite 21 Timeless Skills Every Child Should Know (and any parent can teach) by Jeffrey Lee. I think the instructions are simple, perfect for teaching a child or for teaching yourself!

  • The Stance - Stand sideways to the direction that you want the frisbee to go. (Use your shoulder as a pointer.) Your feet should be about shoulder width apart, your knees slightly bent and most of your weight on the back foot.
  • The Grip - Hold the Frisbee along the edge that is facing the target. (That edge is called the leading edge.) Place your thumb on the top of the frisbee, your index finger along the edge and your other fingers underneath it. Your hold should be relaxed and the wrist should be loose.
  • The Flick - Stand with your elbow close to your body and your wrist bent inward so the side you are grasping is farthest away from you. It should almost touch your belly button and your hand and arm should be wrapped around the disk. The far edge that you are holding should be a couple of inches lower than the nearest edge so that the frisbee is tilted down and away from you. Practice a few times moving the wrist forward and backward keeping the frisbee on the same level. The forearm should move just a bit and the elbow should stay close to your body. With a smooth and speedy movement, flick your wrist forward and release the frisbee continuing to keep the outside edge tilted down.The job of the flick is to create spin not cause the frisbee to travel far so at this point it will not travel far.
  • The Shift - Now that you've figured out the spin, you can add some distance. When you flick the wrist, transfer your weight onto the front foot and you can take a small step toward your target. Don't make a big sweeping motion with your arm. The power is from the legs and the body, not the arm.
 Catch A Fish, Throw A Ball, Fly A Kite

Catch A Fish, Throw A Ball, Fly A Kite

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Catch A Fish, Throw A Ball, Fly A Kite: 21 Timeless Skills Every Child Should Know (And Any Parent Can Teach!) by Jeffrey Lee

Some of the Frisbee facts and, in particular, the instructions on this page were adopted from this book which also contains instructions on other life skills including how to use a yo-yo, build a fire, eat with chopsticks, skip a stone and fly a homemade kite. A great, affordable book.

175G Ultimate Frisbee By Whamo

More Information About Frisbee Throws

Free Frisbee Coloring Page - A lovely, simple image of a child throwing a frisbee, perfect for coloring fans of all ages.

Frisbee Coloring Page

Frisbee Coloring Page

Heave H.O.E..

Basic Instructions For FRISBEE Flying Disc Students

A 'how-to video', the School Library Journal called this video 'extremely helpful.' It is a PBS film that included experts showing you the secrets - the do's and don'ts. A great gift for anyone interested in Frisbees, a helpful aid for teachers.Unfortunately, this is one of those great films that is only available on VHS videotape. However, if you are looking for basic instructions for throwing a frisbee, it still sounds like a good choice.

Are you looking forward to summer and playing with your frisbee? Was this page helpful? Did you learn anything?

getmoreinfo on April 23, 2013:

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This is a fun free family sport for spending time at the park or beach.

Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on April 23, 2013:

We actually have Frisbee golf courses in Indiana. They clear wide paths through the woods which have doglegs and the like. It's great until you launch one over an embankment and have to hunt it down!

Michelllle on March 19, 2013:

OK. Now I should be able to throw a Frisbee.

wordpress-guru on February 19, 2013:

nice lens idea !

chft55 lm on July 19, 2012:

Nice lens! I see people at my school throwing Frisbees and I can never figure out how they do it (they have a different throw than this)

anonymous on July 12, 2012:

I enjoyed this before but my comment must have been lost in a bug somewhere, dropping off a little angel dust.....

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on July 05, 2012:

Frisbees are great - nice and light but still lots of activity

OliviaDaughter LM on July 01, 2012:

Great lens ! Thanks so much for sharing.

anonymous on June 20, 2012:

We used to play this game in childhood but now this game is being played on beaches. Unfortunately we have less beaches.

cleanyoucar on June 19, 2012:

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing

Success_At_School on June 19, 2012:

Yes, I needed this because I have zero physical coordination. Thanks for the tips!

pawpaw911 on June 19, 2012:

Throwing a frisbee never gets old.

johnny6toes on June 18, 2012:

I get a kick out of throwing frisbees. Usually it gets out of hand though and ends up going over a wall after a while.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 18, 2012:

I didn't know there are tricks. I'll learn all these.

microfarmproject on June 18, 2012:

I can throw a frisbee...catching one is another story. Thanks for the fun lens!

wolvyz on June 18, 2012:

This is a fun sport.

SellClean on June 18, 2012:

I love throwing a Frisbee with my son! Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

sheezie77 on June 18, 2012:

great lens well done! Squidlike

justin-yao on June 17, 2012:

A helpful lens, thanks

chadwik05 on June 17, 2012:

I like to think I'm good, but just when I get some confidence I end up throwing it over the fence and into the yard next door.

anonymous on June 17, 2012:

I really liked it- thanks!

anonymous on June 17, 2012:

@emmaklarkins: Amen to that!Although I'm still pretty bad at it...

emmaklarkins on January 30, 2012:

You've got to learn to throw a Frisbee before you can play the best sport on Earth - Ultimate!

anonymous on October 06, 2011:

Not a massive sport here in the UK. Fun to play though!

BruceBair on June 18, 2011:

This is great. Thanks.

aardvarkapparel on June 15, 2011:

My co-worker and I were just talking about frisbees. He is teaching his daughter. I'll send him the link!

Fabio Sanna on March 17, 2011:

Very nice! As world class freestyle frisbee player I can tell you GOOD JOB! Sharing a frisbee is nothing more and nothing less than sharing love! And I know and played many times with John Weyhand (the player who did the DVD Pro Disc Freestyle...with Dave Lewis) Thanks for sharing, we need more of these around to let people know about this crazy but funny sport! Fabio Sanna

MargoPArrowsmith on February 08, 2011:

I fear this is beyond me, but great lens

MargoPArrowsmith on February 08, 2011:

I fear this is beyond me, but great lens

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 20, 2010:

I must do everything wrong when I try to throw a frisbee. I'm horrible at it. I once tried to play frisbee golf and completely missed every basket numerous times ... even from a short distance away. Next time, I'll have to try to remember your instructions and pay attention to what I'm doing.

Paul from Montreal on October 12, 2010:

Im no natural but getting better at throwing with my dogs frisbee.

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on September 30, 2010:

What fun! I'm giving this lens an Angel blessing and it will be featured on my SquidAngel At Your Service lens.

Jeanette from Australia on September 28, 2010:

What a fun lens. I have no excuse now :-)

Indigo Janson from UK on July 09, 2010:

I recently re-learned to throw a frisbee and I sure could have done with this useful guide! Love anything that gets people up and moving and having fun -- and the frisbee is perfect for this. ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~ this perfect summertime topic.

Canela Ajena from Houston on June 30, 2010:

I love frisbee!!!!!!!!! When my husband and I were in college he and I would play frisbee and we enjoyed it so much. We need to start again.

AlisonMeacham on May 17, 2010:

I had no idea there was such much to it! No wonder I am not very good.....

LoKackl on April 18, 2010:

Like all your work, this thorough guide about how to throw a frisbee is as educational as it is fun! and entertaining. Love the photos. As for me and frisbees 'the harder I try the worser I gets.' So nice to Squidoo Angel Bless

vmoz on February 24, 2010:

didn't know there was an art behind it. pity it is raining again here

anonymous on December 13, 2009:

Brenda, Thanks for the info. One added note, the HEAVE H.O.E. video is now on DVD! (Even through the Amazon.com link, sales are DVD only). Also get it direct from the source www.Motodom.com.

VarietyWriter2 on October 17, 2009:

Love the photo of the little girl throwing the frisbee. She looks so serious. What form too!

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on September 01, 2009:

Great Frisbee Lens. Kids loved to take their frisbee to the beach and on holidays. :)

JanieceTobey on July 11, 2009:

Great info!

Eva Varga from Oregon on June 30, 2009:

Perfect! Lensrolled & 5* :D

anonymous on May 09, 2009:

Great "how to" lens Brenda! We have a friend who used to be a Frisbee International! Blessings to you!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 07, 2009:

My dog is much, MUCH better at catching a frisbee than I am at throwing one, but I certainly learned a few pointers reading this lens. Now all I need is a new one since the old one has been kinda chewed up . . (Awesome lens! Very well done!)

Robin S from USA on May 05, 2009:

Great intor photo! Nice work!

Dianne Loomos on May 05, 2009:

Interesting information and a well laid out lens!

Mortira on April 23, 2009:

Great tips! Frisbee is a great first throwing/catching activity for kids. I know I'd still rather toss a Frisbee than a football!Welcome to the Family Time group!

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