Overview:The wind makes disc golf both more difficult and challenging. Understanding how to throw a hyzer in the wind will add a new level of skill to your game and lower your overall scores.
How to Throw a Hyzer in the Wind – Disc Golf Instruction Manual
- Understand what kind of wind you’re throwing into. Is it Tailwind? Headwind? Cross?
- Choose your disc to match the wind. If you’re throwing into the wind, recognize that you probably should be throwing an overstable disc. If it’s a tailwind follow the opposite and pick an understable disc.
- Address your line and decide where your target is.
- With the correct disc picked and the line chosen, throw the proper hyzer angle, attempting to keep the disc nose angle down as much as possible.
1. Understand the Wind
Understanding the wind is one of the most important aspects of disc golf that often goes forgotten when in the heat of competition. Playing against the wind and attempting to throw hyzer shots you would usually play without wind usually will result in poor shots and high scores.
- Headwind – Throwing hyzer into a headwind is usually the safest bet to avoid turning your disc over into the ground. A headwind in disc golf means that your discs will act less stable on throws. It’s best to throw a hyzer with a more overstable disc, or one you trust not to turn over.
- Tailwind – Tailwinds make discs act more overstable, meaning that your flippy drivers now will stand up rather than turning over. When looking to hyzer in a tailwind, reach for a more understable or neutral disc.
2. Disc Selection
Mentioned briefly in the last section, disc selection is paramount to throwing your best shots in the wind. Always remember: playing into a headwind means your discs will act more understable, no matter how much hyzer you put on the disc. Tailwinds mean your discs will act more stable, so flippier discs fly straighter to stable on a hyzer.
3. Address Your Line
With the correct stability of disc chosen and your wind read accurately, decide on your line and the best target to aim for. Scores in the wind usually end up higher in the wind so it’s best to assume the worst and aim into a large target. Give yourself a larger margin for error when throwing hyzer in the wind. Decide if the wind will make your disc push wider on the hyzer, or will it tighten the shot and create a smaller window to throw at.
4. Throw Nose Down
If you haven’t experienced it yet, throwing a disc nose up into the wind will usually end up in a poor throw, with the disc hyzering into oblivion. If a disc’s nose is up, the wind, and especially a headwind, will result in a disc that gets picked up and tossed around in the wind. When throwing a hyzer in the wind, it’s best to throw the disc low and with the nose angle down, to avoid any battles with the wind.
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This depends on the wind. As a rule of thumb, always remember that: a headwind means throw something more overstable and a tailwind means throwing something more understable.
Overstable discs naturally want to fight into the ground after you throw them. Throwing an overstable disc into a headwind also means they’re more likely to fight the wind too.
The opposite of a hyzer is an anhyzer. The anhyzer is when the discs turns away from the thrower, rather than fading back in the same direction.