Author Archives: Understanding Ultimate

The Logic of Playing 4 Women

There’s a default in most high-level mixed teams to play 4 men most of the time. The data in this useful article show that quite clearly. But continuing that default behaviour under the new rules would be foolish. It is … Continue reading

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On Referees, TRGs, and WUCCs

You’re probably thinking by now that I’ve said all I can possibly say about the nuances of the various officiating systems. I do tend to go on about it a bit¹. But here we go again… Is there any meaningful … Continue reading

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Pulling, Part 4 – Rollers

(See Parts 1, 2 & 3 on these links) The roller pull is my absolute favourite throw. You don’t always have the right wind for it – a left-to-right cross-headwind is perfect (for a right handed backhand thrower) – but … Continue reading

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Pulling, Part 3 – Blades

In my first recent post on pulling, I talked about distance versus hangtime; in the second (published on Ultiworld) I discussed the shape of throws that might help maximise these things. But today, something completely different. There are times when … Continue reading

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On Cocking the Wrist

  Should you cock your wrist to throw a backhand? That question, like so many others, is a lot more complicated than it might seem. If your coach is saying you must cock your wrist at the start of all … Continue reading

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On Pulling for Distance

Most of us try really hard to pull as far as we can to start a point. Is that really our best option? Of course, distance is a good thing. If we can throw it deep in their endzone, then … Continue reading

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