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A Beginner's Guide to How To Throw A Frisbee

Updated on September 15, 2014
How to Throw A Frisbee
How to Throw A Frisbee | Source

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.

Flinging around a little green flying saucer is fun and it is something everyone should know how to do!

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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 | Source

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

A great book featuring instructions for many popular childhood activities

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.

Practice Makes Perfect!

175G Ultimate Frisbee By Whamo

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 | Source

Frisbee Throwing Records:

Man 217.05 meters

Woman 138.56 meters

Child (under six) 43.23 meters

Sea Lion 9.76 meters

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.

Each year, more frisbees are sold than baseballs, basketballs and footballs put together. Isn't it time you had one?

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

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      6 years ago

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

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      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      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!

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      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

      nice lens idea !

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      chft55 lm 

      7 years ago

      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)

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      7 years ago

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

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      Darcie French 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

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

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      OliviaDaughter LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens ! Thanks so much for sharing.

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      Throwing a frisbee never gets old.

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      7 years ago

      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.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      7 years ago

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

    • wolvyz profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a fun sport.

    • SellClean profile image


      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      great lens well done! Squidlike

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      7 years ago

      A helpful lens, thanks

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      7 years ago

      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.

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      7 years ago

      I really liked it- thanks!

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

      This is great. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

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

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      Fabio Sanna 

      8 years ago

      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 profile image


      8 years ago

      I fear this is beyond me, but great lens

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      8 years ago

      I fear this is beyond me, but great lens

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      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.

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      9 years ago from Montreal

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

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      Joan Hall 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

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

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      9 years ago from Australia

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

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      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.

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      Penny Pincher G 

      9 years ago

      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.

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      9 years ago

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

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      9 years ago

      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

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      9 years ago

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

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      9 years ago

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

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      10 years ago

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

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      10 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

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

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      10 years ago

      Great info!

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      Eva Varga 

      10 years ago from NorCal

      Perfect! Lensrolled & 5* :D

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      10 years ago

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

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      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!)

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Great intor photo! Nice work!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      Interesting information and a well laid out lens!

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      10 years ago

      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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